The Journey of a Lifetime…Anna Twinney

Anna met with Sandy Corrigan of The Corrigan Group to bring her story and her message to the Highlands Ranch/Lone Tree Advice Givers Group Podcast.

Follow the Link below to the page where you can access the Podcast and hear the Truth about horses, the lessons they have to share with us, and how they can transform a life across continents and around the globe.

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Anna’s New Book, Blind Leap of Faith, in the News!

The first chapter of Anna’s new book was previewed in The Horse’s Hoof, a publication with whom we have been happy to partner over 2017, and now into 2018!
Blind Leap of Faith
Aptly named, Anna’s forthcoming book, out in late 2018, is the tale of her courageous decision to leave life, love, and a career behind in pursuit of a dream. She also shares how her foundation as a professional in the horse industry began and developed.
Many don’t know about Anna’s time at Flag is Up Farms with the legendary Monty Roberts® and all that she did in the early part of her career. Blind Leap of Faith™; A horsewoman’s journey with the legendary Horse Whisperer Monty Roberts® chronicles key  stories from that time, including her experience as a British police officer and the emotional turmoil it caused. You’ll get a glimpse into how Anna became who she is today, her time with Monty and her mentor, Crawford Hall, and some of the horses that influenced her the most along the way.
As a special holiday treat, we have released the first prologue chapter for you to read FREE!  We hope you enjoy this little sneak peek.
An Excerpt from Blind Leap of Faith
All Roads Lead to Flag
“PC 4244 Twinney, you are required to report in.” My heart sank as I heard those familiar words jump out of the patrol car radio, I instantly felt nauseous. My intuition must have kicked in because I asked my colleague to pull over. I quickly leaped out of the Panda, the endearing nickname we gave our small patrol car, and began to heave, shake, and cry.  As the only rape trained officer on duty I knew I had no choice but to comply. It was my second rape investigation call for that week and my body was telling me that I could not cope with another. 
Click on the Link below to read the rest of the chapter NOW! 
The password to read the chapter is sneakpeek

 

Healing hearts with horses: Veteran’s event

At a recent event in North Carolina designed to help military veterans integrate back into civilian life, British Police force veteran, former military spouse and now animal behaviorist, Anna Twinney realized a two decade old dream.

“When I  came to the United States in the 1990s, I was truly following my destiny. I believe the British Police Force is one of the best in the world. Communication skills are paramount as the British Police Forces don’t carry weapons.  My dream was to help all police Forces learn natural horsemanship and thus improve victim relationships by elevating communication with victims so they don’t feel purely like another number ,” she explained. Twinney served on the British Police force for nearly eight years and believes strongly in giving back through military or civil service. She knew that learning the horse’s language would not only enhance officers communication skills but it would also help them personally through any difficult experiences or traumas.

Though her dream to help Police Officers seemed achievable, Twinney quickly learned that even mounted units were on the “back burners” in police departments and there were no funds available to enhance the horsemanship skill set of the mounted officers let alone interpersonal skills for all officers.  Twinney began teaching her trade to others with the thoughts of working with her colleagues at the police force still fresh on her mind.

Years later, when the non-profit organization, Hearts for Heroes reached out to Anna to facilitate the equine portion of a six day event for veterans, she was thrilled to accept.

“The goal was to avoid any triggers and allow the veterans to see what the horses could do. I knew it’d be helpful to let them see the difference between a partner and a tool. A partner has a heartbeat and it’s ok to make compassionate connections without attachment.,” Anna explained.

Anna’s unique experiences, her knowledge of horses, her own police force training and even her own PTSI (issues) helps her to know how to keep the veterans away from the “flight or freeze” response, which is comparable in horses and humans.  

“It was exceptionally rewarding to have participants tell me that their sessions with the horses helped them more than 30 years of counseling, Anna explained. “When someone announces they have found the missing component in their dog training and will begin to partner them with Veterans it brings tears to your eyes.”

Participants in the event ranged from active duty military, those recently back from Iraq and Afghanistan and Vietnam veterans. 

Friend and colleague Susan Solomon joined Anna to assist with the natural horsemanship clinic.  Susan, a ROTH trainer, spent six years in law enforcement as a police officer and now as a licensed professional counselor, has worked with military members and their families traveling to different installations over the world for past 6 years.  “Seeing the veterans interact with the horses and going from fear with stiffness in their movements to engaging with several horses relaxed with a huge smile on their face is priceless.”  Susan realized that some of the veterans return with a discomfort for society and difficulty fitting in, so seeing them engage and smile not only with the horses but also the people around is a clear indication that the horses not only help the veteran become relaxed with them but that this also transfers to those people around them.

Anna and Susan hope to partner again in the near future to help veterans through horsemanship.

Anna Twinney partners with National veteran's aide organization to use horsemanship to help those affected by PTSI overcome obstacles in everyday life.
Anna Twinney partners with National veteran’s aide organization to use horsemanship to help those affected by PTSI overcome obstacles in everyday life.