The Importance of Having a Like-Minded Team

BY: Katie Dixon ~ Renegade Equine

In the fall of 2015, I was connected with a small but mighty rescue group called the Warm Springs Horse Rescue Network, who at the time had helped place over 500 foals in homes. This August, I was fortunate enough to coordinate and host the ROTH Foals Clinic in Sisters, Oregon. I was thrilled to bring the ROTH team of students and people who were interested together in central Oregon, as finding holistic and like-minded horsemanship had been a challenge.

 

The auditors, students, healers, rescue network, foals, and Anna (of course), contributed to a wonderful week of strong team building and brought awareness to holistic horsemanship in central Oregon, as well as connecting like-minded professionals living in the area .

 

Although we may be able to create positive change for our horses and clients on our own, it truly takes a whole-horse approach to be successful in rehabilitation of horses, or even if its not a rehabilitation case, to take them to the next level of physical health and performance.

 

It has taken a little over a year of stepping out of my introvert comfort zone and pushing myself to network with equine professionals to find and build my “dream team” here in Oregon.

 

The results of this year of work building connections and then hosting the clinic are multidimensional. This is the amazing holistic-minded equine team we have here in Oregon :

 

  • A barefoot trimmer who sees the whole horse and how to help them move better
  • Several body workers who can help the horse’s body release restrictions and move more fluidly, and also provide feedback as to how our physical conditioning plan is working from the body’s perspective
  • A few different veterinarians who are open to a holistic perspective or are practicing holistic medicine
  • Several saddle fitters who work to keep the horse and human comfortable to achieve their goals
  • A Nutrition expert to guide us through basic supplementation and feeding practices specific to our area
  • Quality hay providers
  • Local feed companies
  • A team of holistic trainers working together to better horse’s lives around us

 

Without permission from the horse and their human, the team isn’t able to get much done. It its inspiring to me, each day, when we give the horses we work with the ability to communicate and have an opinion about each aspect of their life how much information we are able to obtain.

 

You see, in order for harmony in your horse, you have to create harmony in your team. Some team members may have expertise in multiple areas, and each member of your team needs to be able to respectfully communicate and work together to help you accomplish your goals with your horse.

 

What I appreciate most about building a great team is having a community to discuss new cases with, and also having a group of people I can refer to that can be trusted and will be working for the good of the horse in their area of expertise.

It is our due diligence as equine professionals, to look at the information from our trusted team with open eyes and ears. We need to be willing to shift how we are approaching different aspects of our horse’s unique experience in the world. The balance of a horses psychological and physiological help depend on us being open to look at all areas of our horses lives: what we feed our horses, their living environment, what we ask them to do physically (and emotionally), how we balance their bodies, how we engage their minds, and how we support their growth.

 

When we utilize a multi-faceted approach, examined with a lens of honesty and integrity it is amazing how much we are able to help horses find balance and happiness in their lives.  When we are willing to communicate for the good of the horse with other professionals instead of pointing the finger of blame, we are able to solve the puzzle with that horse and help them to live a comfortable and happy life.

 

Although it takes some effort in networking, a little shedding of ego, a bit of rallying the troops so to speak to get “your team” built, I would encourage you to do so! ROTH as an approach to horsemanship encourages us to look at the whole horse when we are training, and there are some really great equine professionals out there who can help boost your team and ultimately help magnify the great work you are all already doing. We can only benefit from like-minded collaboration, and grow into more skilled and knowledgeable equine guardians.

 

You can’t go wrong having ROTH on your team!

Anna’s Mongolia Diary

 

Unequivocally he was full of fear for when I entered the run down property he ran to his hiding place at the back of the pen, his little body quivering and his eyes full of worry.  For about 6 months nobody had been able to touch him, let alone put a halter on.  He lived with other recently rescued horses who were still fighting to regain their weight.  Surrounded by burly men who saw these compact Mongolian horses as work horses, I was asked if he would be suitable for my demonstration.  While they waited for my reply I thought my answer through carefully as I had found myself in this situation many times over.  What value could I bring this little frightened horse in just a few hours, for him to be placed right back into this situation?  I began a non verbal conversation with the little fellow relating to him directly having felt lost, alone, and misunderstood throughout my life-time on different occasions.  Instead of holding these emotions, I ran a quiet dialogue in my head letting him know I would not hurt him, but instead I was there to help.  My help would involve showing everyone a new way of interacting with horses, through compassion, understanding and most certainly reliable, effective and teachable moments! Results were being sought for people to trust these methodologies.  He ran when I approached showing me clearly that he had been abused in the past, not this one action alone, but his whole body spoke to me. Consistently I showed him that I could read what he was conveying and kept to my word. He hid behind others, he shivered, but tried his very best.  Gradually his fear dissolved showing an even more beautiful soul, giving me the chance to halter him.  I promised I would give my all and that together we could get through this hardest piece for him to find his way…he had to work out a way to survive and adapt from living out in the Mongolian planes.  
 
I wish I could tell you he was taken care of in the way we would expect that night, but they snubbed him to a post with access to food and my heart broke.  He was there until the morning for the demonstration and that was just the way it was.  In that moment I realized what I was up against.  This was my first exposure to the Chinese horse culture in the rural country.  Each day got a little easier for this young horse as he knew there was someone out there who could hear him, relate to him and was trying her best to pave a way for change.  He was to be part of that change.  Although not perfect change, it was to be a step at a time and people witnessed the language of the horse with a wild one.  They saw the raw authenticity, despite the fact that one evening the Mongolian horsemen reverted back to similar training we see during our wild horse breaking at the rodeos.  The similarities are astounding.  We continued to create a relationship despite outside influences and together we stayed in the moment not allowing the negativity to influence our partnership.  The language once again proven to be universal, a language of love that breaks through all barriers and extends beyond body language.
 
We had more in common than many may realize as I had arrived in a foreign country not being able to understand the locals and the culture was exceptionally new.  Alone, exploring new horizons, with people I had never met before finding my way through their expectations to see if I was being set up to fail or to fly.  This was another male dominated country and I could not be sure how I would be received.  I trusted my inner compass to guide me to this very moment and despite my protective shield remained open to creators guidance.  This is where I needed to be.  Gradually I learned to trust the situation, environment and people more and more, as their enthusiasm to learn was clearer than daylight.   Imagine being surrounded by raw emotion of people who are awakening to this for the first time…naturally beliefs and traditions are being questioned, all overruled by what they see.  A seed was being planted and this was to be the gateway to change…

Trust Building and Discovering the Universal Language of the Wild Mongolian Horse

Watch Anna as she touches the wild, Mongolian Horse for the first time and then builds a foundation for the work in following videos.

 

Please visit our website at Reach Out to Horses for more information on Anna as she travels the world to better the lives of horses and their two-legged companions everywhere.

A Brand New Format for Our Newsletter…

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Dear Herd,
It’s been a glorious past few weeks as we have immersed ourselves into the unique courses we offer through ROTH: Advanced horsemanship gentling wild foals, starting both Mustangs and Andalusians under saddle the gentle way and supporting the horses that need help to understand our world!  With just a few days threaded in between we have been hard at work back at the ranch taking care of the fields, fences, and runs.  Joining us were two International student trainers from Germany and South Africa – how we love to share a well-rounded experience with all those who embrace the chance to get stuck in!
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A NEW RELEASE: In Partnership with Horses
We’re so proud to announce the release of our 12th DVD!. This project is near and dear to my heart and created for all the hard working horses out there in the hardest industry of them all — the therapeutic industry.
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ASK ANNA:

Dear Anna,

How do you handle those who are skeptical about ROTH methodologies and Animal Communication?
It’s funny you should ask! Later this month, I’m hosting a mini webinar series on this very topic. I’d encourage you to join us for the Webinars to get a comprehensive answer to your question. 
For now, I’ll answer briefly. I am happy to have a skeptic in the audience provided he or she has an open mind. I encourage healthy skepticism. In fact, I’d describe myself as a somewhat skeptical person. Once the less than convinced sees the results of ROTH methodologies and Animal Communication, they have the evidence they need to develop a belief. Once a skeptic is convinced, they become passionate advocates! Passionate advocates work to better the lives of the animals they encounter and they share their the knowledge. How can I be upset about that? a498a4b577eadde16d3971be_1200x798[1]This is only a small portion of our newsletter in its new format – Diary of a Horse Whisperer.  For the full newsletter and to sign up to receive our monthly updates please visit the link below:
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Paving better roads for the next generation of Horse lovers, the ROTH way!

By:Youth Horsemanship, Natural horsemanship for kids Elaine Ackerly, free as a wild Mustang!

As we embark on a journey with horses, we can take many different directions. It can seem as though the horses come to us, serenading to our very essences, with what it is we are missing when we look at life.

 

The dangers of not being in the moment or truly listening to the people in our lives is an epidemic of the largest proportions. We hide behind our keyboards and answer strangers with our emotions fully charged, never fully grasping where the other party is coming from, and only seeing things with the filter of our own minds.

 

When we are truly open to the messages the horses have for us as individuals, we can feel a sense of being turned upside-down or end to end.  We can feel a loss of self to start, but if we consider that the horses have made it through to us, we must not be a lost case.

 

The next generation of horse people are crucial to the survival of our horses and the industry that supports it. There has been a surge of horses as therapists as the world begins to recognize that these animals offer us more than just being the expired tools of transport and farming.  Their connection to and ability to read the people in their lives is fascinating, as their prey animal mentality seems to offer a grounding that is beyond what dogs have brought us.  Almost as if their passive search for food has a wisdom that mankind lacks.

 

This is something that money and insurance costs have taken from some of our pupils.  Children.  Without the horses and lessons I had in my life, I cannot imagine the impatient and angry brat I would have manifested into.  And I can see why there is great caution and concern when mixing horses and children, but the more I see with this combo the more I see how they belong together. The children have fewer filters and barriers preventing them from seeing the language purely.  And doesn’t that make sense when you consider that it is a second language and that, the younger the mind, the easier it is to learn another language?

 

What horses have to offer children in this technologically advanced, disconnected world is something that can save the planet from our self-destructive nature, to reconnect us to the world as a whole and not as the sum of the parts we have come into our lives.  This inter connection brings in a confidence that cannot be paralleled, for it comes about only with a soft humbleness.  The awareness that you are a small tiny speck in a vast sea of organisms, acknowledging that there are other perspectives and knowledge you don’t yet have, and finally, with even all the differences between human and horse, the children begin to see how much they have in common. Their search for comfort, company and fun. The emotions that flare up when you don’t feel heard, the appreciation you feel when you are given a voice…

 

 

 

DVD #12, In Partnership with Horses, is here!! 1000 DVDs to be donated- see below for qualifications.

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We are giving away 1,000 DVDs to those who work in the fields of Equine Therapy, Healing, and Support.  Visit our website to see if you or your organization qualify!

Please follow the link to all the information on how you can get DVD #12 and all of the pearls contained therein.

In Partnership with Horses DVD 12

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