The indomitable Willow and her friend, Kate.

Thank you so much for all you do! I thought you might get a kick out of this! I wrote a little intro to Willow through pics, by Willow… Here it is…
Hi Kate! I’m Willow, mom gave me this name because I am a fighter, one who bends but doesn’t break. Mom hit the nail on the head with that one. This is me tonight, I just woke up! My buddy Leo watched the stall while I laid down. I lay down often, there’s a lot of comfy, sunny spots around here. The vet says that my CK (creatine) values are high because I lay down a lot. 
Here’s a couple pics of me. I have a big belly, mom and the vet say its because I eat a lot, but can’t absorb the nutrition. I dig for grass in the snow with my brothers. They’re pretty good to me, except Stryker when he’s hungry, but mom makes sure that I get 2 warm meals alone a day and we have free choice hay 🙂 . 
This is what I looked like when I thought no one was looking.
This is what I looked like the night mom came and got me. That’s my friend Daisy, she found a home that night too. I had an open wound that ran along my shoulder blade. I had all of the same bed sores that I have now, they were much smaller then. 
The first picture is when I finally made it home on May 2016. This is me when most of my winter coat was shed August 2016. It’s my right side. My left side has all of my sores except one that you can see on my hip!
These are my biggest three bed sores, the one on my chest itches, but it hasn’t fallen off yet. The two on the back bleed a lot, the vet says that I lose a lot of blood through my sores and so I am anemic. Four tumors have fallen off of my body since mom pulled me off of the lot, they are still there, but are flat. Mom treats the small tumors with Xterra which burns, but my sores don’t get any bigger. Now she only does one tumor at a time, it’s much better. My small tumors are painful to the touch, but my large tumor on my neck isn’t, in fact mom scratches my skin above it and holds the mass to relieve the pull on my neck, it feels good. The vet said they can’t surgically remove it because it might make a bigger tumor grow in it’s place. 


Lucky says hi!


This is my pseudo horse mom and I. She protects me and shows me how to be a horse. She says hi too!


Thanks Anna! Your donated communication helped so much!! ❤️ Willow





Gratitude for In Partnership with Horses from His Mountaintop Ministries

Many of you know that in late October Anna chose to donate nearly 1000 copies of her latest DVD, In Partnership with Horses, to PATH certified, non-profit organizations who practice Equine Facilitated Therapy and Equine Facilitated Learning.  This was a huge undertaking just to get them all packaged and mailed out, not to mention the cost of the shipping and the DVDs themselves, which Anna so generously took care of as part of her gift.  These went to people, some of whom have never heard of ROTH or Anna’s mission, and from whom we may never hear again, so a lot of faith was involved that the gift would touch their hearts and reach the horses and the people Anna loves to help because they support us in our growth and rehabilitation.  Well, the letters and messages of gratitude began rolling in, and it all seems more than worth the effort and the funds to have realized this goal.  Below you will find one such letter out of many.  We are so pleased to hear that our gesture is not only going unnoticed, but that people are now curious about how they can be educated about the human-horse partnership, and that people are open to the experience of understanding horse as healer, coach, messenger, and teacher.

This is from an organization called His Mountaintop Ministries in Marysville, California.

Dear Anna,

Thank you for the DVDs and thinking about us here at H.M.M.. I am so excited to see them because I also put my horses feelings and thinking before people’s. Our horses are part of the program and what they feel and think/say matters and our volunteers spend lots of time getting to understand the horses. And of course, horses have off days just like us and our students and we MUST be able to see, hear, and understand Then and only then, are we able to help with the situation.

Just wanted to say Thank You and let you know here at H.M.M. we believe the same, and we act accordingly. I truly look forward to seeing these and to showing them to our volunteers. FYI: I have just opened the packet and wanted to send this to you after reading your intro letter.


Doc Livingston
Founder and CEO of HMM.

If you would like to visit His Mountaintop Ministries, their website can be found here:


ROTH Takes Natural Horsemanship to China and Mongolia

Anna Twinney spends a lot of time on airplanes. Internationally known as a horse whisperer, animal communicator and energy healer, she’s booked solid up to 18 months in advance.  Earlier in 2016 an invitation came from the Chinese branch of the American Quarter Horse Association for Anna to please come to Beijing and Mongolia. They wanted her to share her knowledge and wisdom, and despite her very busy schedule, she did the nearly impossible … she made time. As well traveled as Anna is, China was a brand new experience.  “It’s truly a country of contrast,” Anna explained. She traveled from the metropolis of Beijing, with its economic success and high energy, to areas in the Mongolian countryside where indoor plumbing was an absolute luxury.


Often, in promotions for clinics, the question “Language Barrier?” is asked in regards to people understanding their horses. Though Anna was outfitted with excellent translators, difficulties in understanding remained. “It was a bit like being a horse, I imagine,” Anna explained. “I had to pay extremely close attention to body language, to facial expressions and interpret the intentions and ideas of the course attendees.”  “Though, like always, I spent a lot of time showing students about connection and communication, these students were very interested in problem solving. They really absorbed the information but were in great need of help when things weren’t going smoothly,” Anna said.

She worked with the students to help them understand that connection is the first pathway to problem solving and it’s achieved easily with the right mindset and skills. She introduced the Chinese students to those new skills and knowledge to help to overcome their obstacles. 

Attendees at the Beijing event were some of the most prominent horse owners in the country and Anna’s course was hosted at one of the first modern equestrian facilities to be built in the city. The event broke attendance records and attracted scores of television and newspaper reporters.  “They asked powerful questions,” Anna said.  Anna explained the Chinese were extremely hospitable and she was humbled and in awe of the lengths they went to to ensure her comfort. She was partnered with a concierge who was on hand with everything from cold water during her lectures and demonstrations to an impromptu leg massage when she suddenly developed a terrible cramp.

She was treated to a trail ride in the beautiful Mongolian countryside. It was going rather quickly at first. Unbeknownst, Anna was riding with a national Chinese endurance team! She describes her few several minutes of the views as “blurry” due to the speed of the ride. Mercifully, her hosts slowed down so Anna could enjoy the sights and absorb the fact that we was actually, on a trail ride … in Mongolia! Even world traveling, internationally known experts sometimes find themselves surprised at where life has taken them.90582d09d958ed2da90ecbb4_1220x686.gif

One topic that particularly interested the people in the Mongolian crowd was the difference between the ROTH methodology and their traditional style of “horse breaking” (i.e. taking hold of their ears, turning their necks and manhandling them to incorporate their language). The entire village, vet, farrier and endurance team came to watch the training. “They were astounded to see me approach a horse in moments that took them 2 hours to touch, and another wild horse who came around to appreciating and enjoying the lesson,” Anna said, “He accepted a halter without fear or force, all through gentling methodologies.”

Anna’s hosts in China were so pleased with their record crowds, with the valuable knowledge and insight Anna shared, that upon her return to Beijing she was invited as the prominent guest speaker to open the new western saloon! She has since been invited back to China and is planning a second trip in 2017.

“When I came to America 20 years ago, my goal was to learn as much as I could and bring this new found knowledge back to the police force. I wanted to spread the word to my fellow Bobbies, to show this small community that there was a better way. Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine I would have the opportunity to share my message of compassion and communication, and open up the way to a better partnership for people and horses, all over the globe. This is a very exciting time and I can’t wait to see where this message will take me next.”

For more information on Anna and how you can reach out, please visit our website at:

Reach Out to Horses


Overcoming Challenges

This will inspire you!  What courage and determination!! What a great horse!!! Thank you Lynn for sharing this story with us.

The determined Bettina Eistel and her very special horse, Fabuleax 5.

Bettina Eistel and Fabuleax 5

What is even more compelling than the fact that she can brush her horse with her feet, is that she competes, very well, at the Paralympics in dressage. Bettina didn’t just overcome her disability, she walloped it!

Why no arms? Thalidomide.  Thalidomide was a drug they gave pregnant women before it was known that it caused birth defects. Hence, Bettina was born without any arms.

Bettina doesn’t let her disability stop her.  After all, this way of being is all she has ever known. As a small child, Bettina learned how to use her feet and toes as her hands and fingers.  As a youngster, she started in horseback riding lessons. She wears riding boots with cut-outs in the toes so she can have ‘hands’.  She can saddle, bridle, hose down, wrap, blanket and do just about anything else that is needed for her horse.  And, she rides by steering with her legs and holding the reins in her mouth.

Competing in dressage.

After high school in 1979, Bettina studied the History of Art, Archaeology and Ethnology in Hamburg, followed by an eight-year study of psychology. During her psychology studies, she participated in a project with Hamburg’s home for children. In 1989 she completed her studies with a diploma and has since worked as a graduate psychologist in a Hamburg counseling center for children and family therapy.

Bettina says she trained her horse via voice commands, head movement and leg aids.  Fabuleax lets Bettina ride him in the only way she can, with the reins in her teeth and the other set of reins between her toes.  And, he does his job.

Bettina also landed a gig as a Talk Show Host.  With a weekly show on German TV station ZDF, Bettina is something of a media star.  They say her popularity is because of her engaging and optimistic personality, but one cannot ignore her amazing ability to do everything, literally everything, with her feet.

Life is full of surprises!!

I was blessed last weekend,
at the historic Bitterroot Ranch in Wyoming,
to spend quality time, share ideas and discuss
the worlds of healing, intention, horses and
more with a legendary inspiration,
Linda Tellington-Jones.