Mijita’s Story…

Hi, my name is Mijita! I was recently taken off the range land in Warm Springs, Oregon, where I roamed freely with my family group. I am the color of honey, which is actually what my name means, as well as “my little daughter.”  I excel with a gentle approach and  like to know that I am being understood. I am smart and learn pretty quickly, as I showed during the foal gentling clinic.  I excelled at adapting to different approaches, touch, grooming, haltering, and the first steps for leading.   I am currently looking for my forever home and I can’t wait to see what my future holds. 


For more information on where I can be found please visit Anna’s Website at:

Reach Out to Horses.  You can also call ROTH at 303-642-7341, and speak to the bipeds who are in charge of helping find me a home.  Thanks for considering making me a part of your homes, herds, and hearts!  I have been started so well that I am ready to go forward from here with my new forever family.  My gratitude to you for your consideration!




ROTH Rescues Foals from Slaughter

Anna Twinney of Reach Out to Horses has teamed up with Frank Weller of Equine Angels, Connecticut, Karen Pomroy of Equine Voices, Arizona and Ray of Light Farms, Connecticut to save 15 foals from the Canadian slaughter houses. A beautiful evening arranged at Strings Restaurant, courtesy of Tammy Cunningham and her husband was arranged with proceeds donated to the foals. Guests of honor: Susan Williams (photographer & artist), Joyce Leake (animal communicator), Tracy Vroom (cranial sacral healer), Carol Komitor (Healing Touch for animals) and Melisa Pearce (Touched by a horse – absent) all joined us to celebrate the lives of these foals. Now you too can help – donate by visiting http://www.reachouttohorses.com




November 15th – 20th, 2010
Ray of Light Farm, East Haddam, CT

(Applies towards ROTH Holistic Horsemanship Course Graduates
becoming ROTH Trainers Continuing Education)

Gentling foals can be some of the most important and rewarding work you will ever do. Working with PMU foals, knowing that you have helped save them from Canada’s feedlot and given them a new chance for a full and happy life, is more rewarding than you can even imagine.

Last year Frank Weller and the Equine Angels saved 7 foals from certain death, 5 of which were filmed during a week long ROTH training program.  The 4-part DVD set, Foals in Training, scheduled to be launched in only a few short months, depicts the lives of the foals from their arrival in trailers through to their first touch, their first halter, their first step.  This unique, comprehensive tool gives you the opportunity to travel down the road as we gentle these beautiful souls.

We want our foals to feel safe, and their experiences with humans to be positive, memorable ones.  These first important lessons stay with them for the rest of their lives and so the training must be done right.  Acknowleding the “whisper” is crucial, recognizing the “try” is an art.

And now it’s your turn to join Anna for a week of fun, friends and foals.

You will have the chance to understand, first-hand, the power of compassionate leadership and positive reinforcement while creating the clarity in boundaries and balance.

Learn the same uniquely designed and tested program
Anna herself uses to start foals for basic handling!

Spend 6 fun-filled, info-packed days learning the Reach Out to Horses methods and work with a new group of PMU foals, starting these young lives on the path towards a gentle, trust-based partnership with humans.

Under Anna’s tutelage you will work directly with the foals, and learn how to teach them:

  • Halter training – acceptance of halter, leading
  • Tying (if appropriate)
  • Loading
  • Picking up feet
  • Grooming
  • Worming
  • Vaccinations
  • Blanketing
  • Navigating an obstacle course
  • Desensitization techniques to plastic bags and other objects
  • and more…

By introducing these elements of Basic Handling to your foal at the age of weaning, you will be preparing them for the best start possible.  Your foal has a memory for life, let these first memories be good ones.

And as a bonus you will join Anna at Ray of Light Farm in picturesque East Haddam, CT – the same location at which Anna filmed the Foals in Training DVD Set.  This is an ideal facility to learn these life-changing techniques.

Space is extremely limited, only 2 spots left!

Participation is on a first come first serve basis so sign up today!

Total Cost: Only $1200.00 for the entire 6 days of training.

For more information or to reserve your spot contact Anna at info@reachouttohorses.com

For information about lodging in East Haddam please contact Bonnie Buongiorne at bbuon@att.net.

ROTH new Foal Gentling DVD Filming

If you haven’t heard, Anna traveled to Ray of Light Farm in East Haddam, CT to film, in partnership with Equine Angels Rescue Sanctuary, the new Reach Out to Horses Foal Gentling DVD series, scheduled to come out in mid 2010.  She worked with some beautiful foals rescued from the Premarin manufacturing farms in Canada.  They were some of the most precious, special and smart little guys and girls she’s ever worked with.  One was even fortunate enough to be adopted at the end of the filming week!

And the DVD series is going to be just as special as the foals.  This isn’t going to be a just another “horse video”.  We have brought together an INCREDIBLE group of professionals to make the best, state of the art, documentary quality, instructional video tool you will ever see.

When you see what this collaboration has created, you will be as blown away as we are.  This is a must have tool for anyone working with, training and gentling foals.

Thanks to Ray, Bonnie, Mum, and then entire crew for an amazing experience. You are all the BEST!



Press Release: East Haddam, CT – November 16th, 2009.

Approximately 12 young horses slated for either destruction or human consumption overseas will find sanctuary at Ray of Light Farm, an animal rescue and animal-assisted therapy facility in East Haddam. Seven of the rescues are foals, less than six months of age. The remaining five are yearlings from a slaughter-bound feed lot.

Ray of Light has partnered with Equine Angels Rescue Sanctuary (EARS) in this effort. Among thousands of unwanted “Premarin” foals across the country that are a by-product of Premarin* (an estrogen replacement therapy) production, these foals are lucky to find a home.

World-renowned Equine Specialist Anna Twinney will be joining us at Ray of Light Farm for several days, from December 5th – 14th, dedicating her time to facilitate the gentling process. The entire process will be filmed for a DVD on Foal Gentling and Handling to be released in 2010.   The event is also open for public viewing.  A small donation is requested that will go towards caring for the foals.  The intention is to educate people about the little known and often confusing topic of foal gentling and training, with a concentration on the interaction between horse and human.

Great care will be taken at every turn to ensure the well being of the horses, and the training will help to ensure the successful adoption of the foals.

In both 2007 and 2008, Ray of Light Farm partnered with Equine Angels Rescue Sanctuary to rescue Premarin foals. Media coverage was instrumental to the successful adoption of many foals into loving homes.

Fortunate Foals
According to The Humane Society of the United States, prospects for PMU foals are not good: “Foals are allowed to nurse and be with their mothers for only three to four months-instead of the normal six-month period. When the time comes for the mares to return to the collection barns, the farmers dispose of surplus foals. A few female foals may be kept for future PMU production, and some farmers even breed registered horses in hopes of selling the foals as riding prospects. Thousands of remaining foals are sent to unsheltered feedlots until they reach a desirable market weight. There they are slaughtered and their carcasses shipped to Europe and Asia for human consumption.” (http://www.hsus.org/horses_equines/issues/the_facts_about_premarin.html).

Bonnie Buongiorne, Ray of Light’s founder, is grateful for a third opportunity to help: “Times are tough right now, but with the help of many, we’ll find a way to help these horses.”

About Ray of Light
Ray of Light Farm, Inc. is a non-profit 501(c) 3 public charity incorporated in 2004. Ray of Light offers a wealth of Community Programs for “children of all ages” and is committed to helping people make a positive connection with life through animals. Ray of Light depends upon the generosity of sponsors and donors to support its efforts. A Ray of Light Farm brochure is enclosed for your reference.

About Premarin
*Premarin® is a conjugated estrogen product extracted from pregnant mares’ urine (PMU). It is manufactured by Wyeth-Ayerst Laboratories, Inc., and is most commonly prescribed for estrogen replacement therapy (ERT) to relieve hormonal deficiency symptoms associated with menopause or hysterectomy. More recently, it has been prescribed to help prevent osteoporosis and heart disease. Premarin® is the most widely used ERT drug, marketed for more than 50 years, and currently administered to more than nine million American women. (http://www.hsus.org/horses_equines/issues/the_facts_about_premarin.html).

For more information about the foals, adoption or attending the training event, contact Frank Weller at info@foalrescue.com.  Or visit www.foalrescue.com or www.reachouttohorses.com.