My ROTH Trainer’s Path–“When the Student Is Ready, the Teacher Appears”

I can’t say that I remember signing up for Anna’s newsletters… but I was receiving them.  I remember opening one and feeling like the timing was perfect. The content spoke to me and offered something I could participate in from home, a webinar series on Holistic Horsemanship. This felt serendipitous, having recently become more involved with horses again. My mom and I loved the webinars, but I soon realized that I wanted and needed more in person — hands on experience with these methodologies. So, I went to Colorado to take the 2.5-day intro clinic and I loved it.

I grew up riding horses back east. My grandmother enrolled me in riding lessons every summer as a young girl. Gymkana, jumping, vaulting, trail rides and more. I loved the horses and my teacher.

Upon graduating from college with a BA in Documentary Studies and Photography, I moved to upstate New York and cared for my grandmother for 7 years.  After she passed, I moved back to Placitas, New Mexico. There I was immersed in and introduced to a whole new world of wild horses. They were literally in my back yard. I photographed the mustangs, also known here as “wild” or “free-roaming” horses, every time our paths crossed.  It felt powerful and special to connect with them as my dog and I enjoyed our walks on the BLM land behind my home. I learned more about the bizarre and intense issues spawned by these community horses.

Two mares were hit and killed in the Placitas village after seeking water during an intense drought, and this prompted me to become involved. I began documenting the wild ones as well as the horses that had recently been rounded up. No longer “free-roaming,” they were transitioning to a life of domestication — confined, engaging in day-to-day interaction with humans, getting microchipped by the livestock board, trailered, moved, vetted, etc. I used all of my tools to support their transition, particularly an energy healing modality called Crystalline Consciousness Technique™.

The grey stallion that was rounded up with his remaining mares was the first to get gelded. He was still very wild, not touched or haltered. The approach was to squeeze him in a secure area to heavily sedate him — enough to have him gelded, vaccinated, and his hoofs trimmed. Long story short, he was given too many drugs and had a hard time recovering from the sedation.  Everything went wrong, and in the end he had to be shot. This was quite a traumatizing experience, and very heartbreaking. It impacted me hugely, and I vowed that I would do everything in my power to prevent something like that from happening again. It was clear to me that the mustangs would have to be handled, haltered, and gentled to some extent prior to getting gelded in order to ensure that the procedure be safe, with minimal trauma and not life threatening.

Anna and ROTH were exactly what I needed. The Universe lined it all up. I have embraced the ROTH program and the education, experience and support its offered me as I learn and grow in my journey adopting, raising, and gentling Placitas Mustangs.

Anna likes to say I did her course backwards. I started with the Untouched Horse Clinic before the Foundation Course because that was my primary focus. I’m grateful that I did, but I also realized that I was lacking skills and training that the foundation course covered. I attended the 3-day Liberty clinic which blew my mind as it introduced me to a whole new world with horses. I continued with ROTH, taking the Foundation courses (1 and 3) and graduating in Fall, 2015.

I was granted the opportunity to take the Untouched Horse clinic one more time after doing part of the foundation and filling in the holes in my training. I enrolled in the Foal Gentling Clinic, and against my better judgement adopted my allocated foal because all the signs I received indicated that it was meant to be. I completed the Colt Starting Clinic, rumored to be the hardest. Indeed, it surprised me with a few firsts. I was kicked on day 1, and by the end of the week rode my first “baby”, a horse named Hopi. I then signed the contract and committed to the trainer’s program. Last month, I completed the NEW Simple Solutions Clinic and it exceeded my expectations. I loved everything about it. As I write this I am working on compiling my 20 case studies, done over the past few years, to submit for the Trainers Exams next month at Zumas Rescue Ranch in Colorado. My highlight is starting my own mustang Friendly, now five years old, under saddle with my ROTH sister Liv from Denmark for our Colt Start case study. What an exciting and fulfilling experience for us all! Friendly was also my first horse gelded (when he was 2) after the passing of the grey stallion. I was nervous, so I took my time and made sure he was haltered and ready and that I had a vet team I could trust.

My mom and I now have two dozen mustangs (after all the babies were born). They are our world, and have been for the past 3 years. We have received funding assistance from Animal Protection New Mexico, and have gelded three of our colts thus far — all free from complications.

Studying with ROTH has empowered me on many levels. Understanding the psychology and nature of the horse, and using it to support them in a trust-based partnership resonates with me on a core level. I trust that I was ready and that the perfect teacher, Anna, was placed in my path to help me and the horses I was adopting and raising. The timing was perfect to support a journey I never would have predicted. I believe completing the trainer’s exams will be a jump start for creating my own business as I move forward using all of my tools — holistic horsemanship, energy healing, essential oils and a deep desire to make a difference in the lives of humans and horses!

Clea Hall

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Holistic Horse Course Part 1 as Seen Through the Eyes of Student, Lani Salisbury.

With a stringent week of Holistic Horsemanship Courses under foot, some fun and smiles must be had.  Join our students of HHC 1 as they find time to be goofy and light hearted.  Watch a wonderful video composed by one of our youngest-ever course students, Lani Salisbury.  Great job, Lani, in capturing the lighter side of what we do here at ROTH while encompassing the entire Holistic Horsemanship experience.

Enjoy!

Colt Starting Success for Mustang, Whisper, and Her Dedicated Human!

 

A dream come true; an educational storm of horsemanship, Anna Twinney’s ROTH clinics are always a life-changing experience. No matter the topic I come away a different person. Not only do I gain horsemanship knowledge, but as a youth learning to live and grow in our dynamic, sometimes confusing world, I gain valuable life skills. Never did I imagine how many lessons come through, not only from horses, but all animals.  All my experiences have been nothing less than magical. 

This year I was able to attend the Colt Starting clinic with my three-year-old mustang, Whisper. Whisper was my first horse to gentle using Reach Out to Horses methods. I remember saying on the day I picked her up that “next year I can bring her to colt starting!” To be able to bring her and start her under Anna’s watchful eye was a vision made real. The whole colt starting experience was incredible.  It included driving the long twenty hours down to Colorado with four horses, staying seven days during the clinic, and riding Whisper for the very first time! Bringing Whisper from an untouched mustang to getting on her back for the first couple times was an extraordinary experience.  I learned a lot, trying to absorb as much as I could! I had a wonderful time meeting new people and horses, making friends all around the world. Near the end of the clinic I was included with the trainer-course students while they received a lecture about the course.  Reading and signing the course papers was empowering because it had been my dream since the second time I ever attended one of Anna’s clinics. Thank you, Anna, and Reach Out to Horses, for all of your hard work and dedication to all of us, animal and human. It feels like you have shown me how to live, and have helped me reach my greatest ambitions. What you have taught me is priceless and I can’t thank you enough for everything.

No matter what topic we are on I am always learning a miraculous amount. I have thoroughly loved every second of it. Since the first one-day-clinic I attended it’s been a dream, and to experience it coming true is life-changing and magical. It’s a journey and I am excited to see what else it holds.

Written by Lani Salisbury

Please visit our website for additional information on Anna’s courses and to read about her extraordinary work in the world of horses and the people who love them.

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Foal Gentling in Oregon

Foal Gentling Oregon 2016

WSHN – the Warm Springs Horse Network

 Beth Matanane – Board Member

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WSHN – the Warm Springs Horse Network was chosen to provide the amazing foals to an Anna Twinney clinic held in Sisters, Oregon this past week.  This week-long, intense, hands-on clinic provided attendees with something they will walk away with as a memorable, life-changing experience.   While learning the techniques and theory of horse gentling the students focus on obtaining the knowledge of a kinder, gentler method of horsemanship.  Respect along with permissions. This makes perfect sense while dealing with eleven Warm Springs foals ranging from 2 months to 5 months old.  Recognizing the subtle body language, approach and retreat along with respect proved to this writer the amount of time, effort, and dedication is priceless in the student and the animal.

After witnessing a student establish an acceptable touching space on the animal then moving forward to establishing a true communication language between the pair.  I watched in amazement as the student was able to guide the foal into acceptance and respect for the student.   Under the kind leadership of Anna Twinney, this breakthrough between species made yet another marked impression on all who observed these actions.  The sense of accomplishment lead to one proud student and a lip-smacking, chewing, yawning, comfortable foal.

Students also were hands on with the care and feeding of each foal.  Some stayed through lunch to enrich this experience even further, petting and observing the friendlier horses. As the week is progressing the entire group will travel to the Warm Springs Reservation, guided by a Tribal Member to observe the wild horses in the wild at the reservation. The amount of community abounds when WSHN is involved. We are proud to have been a piece of this multifaceted composite that has led to a well-rounded, amazing learning experience. An equine nutritionist will also explain the nutritional needs of equine.

Auditor, Tracee Dmytryk commented on how “comfortable the foals became from her first day of observation to the third, “it’ appeared the horses had little stress, became more confident and comfortable around the students.”  Another auditor, Angie Shelby, observed “how the gentle techniques used by Anna were an amazing interpretation of gentle horsemanship.”    Shelby also remarked on the high level of care that was given to each foal.  Anna provided what was “best for the horse – the herd.”  She also observed how, “the more reactive horses were being touched in a short period of time,” using Anna’s techniques.

WSHN is a 501c3 nonprofit developed by a group of four women in central Oregon:  Shontae Thomas, Robbi Pruitt, Tori Reid, and Beth Matanane.  Dedicated and developed with the sole purpose of promoting the Warm Springs horses and providing an educational avenue for persons interested in the Warm Springs equine.  A portion of the proceeds from this clinic will go to aid in the care of the WSHN horses looking for adoptive families.

Anna Twinney is a recognized Equine Consultant at The Equus Projects/ OnSite NYC, Natural Horsemanship Clinician & animal communicator at Happy Dog Ranch, and Natural Horsemanship Clinician at FOAL – Friends Of A Legacy Lives in Elizabeth, Colorado.

For more information and courses offered here at ROTH, please visit our website at :

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Have a Life Changing Summer with ROTH!

Join us this summer for these unique natural horsemanship opportunities to discover, enhance and evolve both personally and professionally.  For two decades Anna has teamed up with rescues in support of their mission to save, rehabilitate and train horses naturally, thus providing another chance for horses in every capacity. ROTH’s gentle communication and connection supports horses without force and provides a personal fundamental foundation.
Our 3-style approach takes care of your needs:
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We invite EVERYONE to join us on this adventure.  Although we recommend prerequisites our primary reason behind this decision is to offer a successful experience for all.  You may be:
 
*A natural!
*Offering a home to a foal, mustang, wild horse or rescue/rehab horse
*seeking to improve your existing knowledge
*Looking for a better solution
*Opening a new equine business, learning center, rescue or sanctuary
*A professional or clinician in the field adding to your repertoire
*Looking to fulfill a life-long dream!
 
We recommend you view our extensive video library on youtube and suggest you purchase the DVD pertaining to the clinic of choice and/or attend a clinic in your area in preparation to this life-changing event.

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Professionals in the equine industry and ROTH HHC graduates are invited to participate in all 4 courses and the trainer’s exam to receive our ROTH trainer’s certificate of completion. Simply take part in this cutting edge program and receive recognition from an internationally recognized organization.

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Help them start on the right hoof!

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ROTH Holistic Horse Graduates apply for the trainer’s course opportunity to become a certified ROTH trainer over a 2-year period.  Upon completion of the ROTH certificate all trainers are eligible to carry the ROTH name and logo representing ROTH globally.   Special recognition, support, benefits and offers apply.

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The Experience of a Lifetime