Friendships Forged in Good Fortune

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I first met Anna when I adopted Callisto, a black mustang gelding from Return to Freedom.  I named him Callisto because he has a half moon shaped star on his forehead and Callisto is a moon of Jupiter….(I am an astronomy buff and an environmental scientist).  I hired Anna almost 19 years ago, when she was Monty Roberts head instructor.  Anna taught me how to start a young horse. She would drive to Santa Barbara and show me a few steps on what to do to train Callisto. I would work with him for 2 weeks and then we would start all over again with the next steps.  Most of the time Callisto and I would just play together to build up a trusting bond that we have to this day. He is going to turn 21 this spring, and still going strong!   During the training (of me mostly) Anna and I have become friends,  and I feel like she is one of the few people I know that I can communicate with on just about everything, including very personal things.  I enjoy her visits and welcome her to stay with me when she comes to SB County.
 
I have since adopted another mustang at the age of 4 months, a blue roan mare from a huge neglect case in SB county, who is now a grand champion jumper in Santa Barbara County, jr. division, and shows dressage.  My latest acquisition is a  black thoroughbred gelding, who raced for one season, and won 2 races.  After retiring from racing,  he was left behind during the Thomas fire, (a huge fire that burned from Ventura County to Santa Barbara.)  in a pasture where he panicked and ran into a tree, breaking his neck. I bailed him out of a financial situation, and took him, broken neck and all, which has now healed.  He will never jump or do dressage, but with training from a young trainer in Buellton, has become a fine trail horse, all 17.1 hands of him. It is taking time for me to adjust from a mustang at 15.1 hands to 17.1.  Since race horses run faster when you pull the reins, I feared, in an emergency, my muscle memory would pull on the reins, so now I ride this big black giant with a hackamore. It is amazing to me what we will do for horses when we are addicted to them.  Horses are my drug, and because of horses, I have met many fine people like Anna.
 

Natasha Lohmus

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An Animal Communication Connection

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Time had passed and yet you would never know it.  It felt like yesterday when we came together to share an afternoon overlooking the rolling hills.  I wished for my son, Joseph, to meet one of the staples in my life and someone I adore.   While my son played water games with Carol’s pup, Credence, we shared our stories. My friend and inspiration, Carol Gurney’s smile lights up a room, her knowledge spreads across the seas, and her standards set a presidency as she stretches her students’ limits for them to reach for the stars.  We met at Equine Affaire in CA about two decades ago, when I remember her words of wisdom well.  “You will not be with Monty Roberts for much longer”, she told me.  “You will be finding your own way”. She took me by surprise as I felt at home at FIUF and was on my path, but Carol’s ability to intuit went before her and within a few years I found myself globe-trotting and trailblazing.  She opened up my world for me to “see” and has been my support and our family friend.  Seeing her once again was revitalizing in knowing there are good people in the world who dedicate their lives to make an authentic difference in the lives of others. 

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A Good Mentor’s Voice Resonates Long After You Leave Their Classroom

We flew in to see Crawford Hall my mentor, friend and the man who “walked me down the aisle” many years ago.   At 3 months old, Joseph met him in WY and it was important to me for him to meet this incredible man who’s wisdom spreads from his wheelchair to thousands. His impact immeasurable on the horse world. We held hands, sang, watched horse racing together and shared the most important aspects of ourselves: time. Our visits enhanced with friends as we gathered by his bedside. Separated by space only our hearts stay connected as Joseph and he share their bond.

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Meet Crawford Hall, my mentor for the past 23 years, as he visits Reach Out to Horses’ trainer students in Cody, WY. Thought-provoking, insightful, and full of wisdom.  Listen to Crawford’s stories as they have inspired us, let them inspire you.

 

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Joseph Applies His Healing Hands to Help

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Definitely ROTH’s youngest Animal Communicator, Joseph found his place during the Live Mentorship Program with his healing hands drawn to Goldie.  Goldie chose several oils for her session that are featured below.  Click on the link to be taken to learn more and to purchase!

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