Emily P. is one of our ROTH students who attended the HHC in 2016 and she wrote about her experience here with Anna and the other ROTH students who took part in the Holistic Horse Certification Course:
“It’s written in gratitude and is just a brief reflection on the two-week course and its continuing ripple effects on my life and path.”
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It’s the kind of magic you don’t realize has fallen around you until you pull out of it. When you pull out of it, your body feels strange and alone and kind of tingly because without realizing it, you had molded to a space, and all the human people, and non-human people, shared energies, excitements, dreams, and the fears that composed it.
“Life-changing” doesn’t even quite cut it. The horses and humans that I got to learn from over the past weeks held space for me to step into myself in a way I hadn’t before; they made it safe to do so. They illuminated a path that I had been too afraid, or confused, or perhaps just not ready to see clearly before now. At first, our group felt to me like a bunch of overeager, slightly clumsy dancers attempting to learn rhythm (which we were literally trying to do as this is not just a metaphor – Elaine’s specialty is getting stiff and nervous hips to loosen up). But we managed to choreograph the beginning of something – certainly not a masterpiece yet – but we felt it, those opening beats.
For me, it always comes back to connection – the thick, full, rich, recognition between two beings; the I am here, I am with you, I hear you, I love you. It is absolute presence, and the courage to fully give yourself to someone else, even for a moment.
This is what horses give me, and this is what I feel is missing from much of human society. We are terrified to recognize each other, to be present with each other, to let ourselves be seen and not shy away from who we are. Without that, things quickly become – to use one of Anna’s phrases – rather pear shaped. The general feeling I get living in the United States right now is that as a society we are tripping over ourselves trying to achieve more and be better and control everything, terrified to stop and look at ourselves in the face, terrified to be present, terrified to wait for anyone else but ourselves. We carve out and deepen a significant void in the world when we forget how to connect.
I was doing a lot of this in the month leading up to this course – a lot of over-planning my life, trying to set up five career paths in my head because the uncertainty ahead of me is so terrifying, a lot of zooming around avoiding fear and loneliness and refusing to trust the universe in the face of so much unknown.
The horses made this very clear to me as soon as I got to the horse. I was nervous the first few days, anxious to prove myself. There are a few moments and horses that stood out in particular along the way. Lola showed me how powerful I could be when I stepped out of my anxiousness and into the immediate experience of being with her. She was difficult to catch, so I had to slow my pace, wait for her to reach out to me. I remember my breath slowing down, and I remember staying with her in the round pen, in the quiet elasticity we’d developed before I’d haltered her, and forgetting about everyone watching me for the first time. Stepper was an incredibly kind teacher as well; I was viscerally moved by his triggers (flinching every time someone raised an arm to the side of him, particularly on the left) and so touched by the softness in his eyes despite the abuse he so clearly remembered.
Image of Emily and Stepper
On the last day, before our exams, I was walking around Zuma’s, knowing I really needed to show up – for myself, for my teachers and peers, but especially for the horses. I was listening to music in my headphones, letting out the self-doubt I’d been fighting against and replacing it with fresh air. My walk changed, and I began to laugh at myself for all the fear and self-scrutiny, because I had accessed something so much deeper, a fierce determination that will carry me through life and a gratitude for this sudden feeling of connection. My mind moved to Captain, and I was full of excitement to spend an hour with him, because I really believed again that I had something to offer, that I had love, fun, leadership and energy to share with him. And I went into his pasture full of this excitement just to be with him, to discover him, and we both showed up. And he gave me himself, he played, we heard each other, and we choreographed a space together in which I forgot about everything else.
And nothing replaces that feeling. Nothing in the world.
Horses are incredibly rhythmic beings. Their cerebellums, which control movement, are much larger than humans’, and their ability to move in harmony with the other beings around them is unparalleled. If there is one reason I have kept returning to horses over and over, it is this; whenever I feel off-kilter in my life, or out of balance with myself, horses bring me back into rhythm – literally, as I find myself moving from a more centered place, and also emotionally and spiritually. They also challenge me to adapt to the rhythms and perceptions of the other beings around me, not just my own. Perhaps this is why I have never felt anything quite as expansive as working with horses, and my desire to learn from them will never be satiated.
Thank you, Anna and Elaine, for widening my access to and understanding of the world of Equus a thousand fold.
We certainly look forward to seeing Miss Emily again on our courses as she enjoys the present moment in time and engages all the other souls around the way in which only she can, the humans and the non-humans 😉 We love you, Emily!
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A Presentation at the Jefferson County Horse Council
Everyone had a great time and learned a lot about Horse as Teacher while working through learning the language of Equus and how to help the horses in a gentle way that makes sense to them. A wonderful job done by all!
It was upon reflection that I started to see a theme developing in what I was hearing from those who attended the Intuitive Riding Clinic, in addition to my own experience there, and all we had gathered from our three days together. The common thread was more about what we learned about ourselves, especially upon reviewing videos that had been taken and in personal reflection. I think that is the most important quality that Anna brings to any and all of her clinics and courses; we get a tremendous new appreciation of horses and how they think, see, understand, and feel, but we also get closer to grasping what we can understand about ourselves through the lens of the human-horse interaction and by allowing the wisdom of the horse’s essence to flow within us. Each species on this planet has wisdom, tricks of the trade, and survival tactics that have helped them adapt to, communicate with, and thrive in their wild surroundings. When you know how to tap into this wisdom the communication with that species becomes like an open door. It truly is like learning a foreign language in that you simply can’t access parts of your reality and the world because you simply don’t have the appropriate background knowledge and vocabulary. That’s where Anna comes in and then things become much more transparent, not to mention easier for everyone. Then we can interact with the horse in a way that is not just “can I get the horse to understand what I want and get them to do as I ask,” but rather “how can I listen to the horse tell me how to help them and partner with them in a cooperative effort toward our common goal of reciprocal understanding and appreciation?” I’ve observed human-horse interactions my whole life; 28 years of hours upon hours of ring-side observation and conversations with vets, trainers of all disciplines, farriers, owners, and other equine practitioners. Never before have I met anyone who cuts right to it and who gets results as quickly and with as gentle a technique as Anna. There is a tremendous effort exerted when the horse wants to work for us rather than feeling like they have no option. We can harness their creativity this way, and use it to teach them and ourselves without adding undue pressure while we play and learn together. It is certainly a refreshing way to see the animals I have been watching and looking at my whole life. I will always look back at my weekend at Happy Dog Ranch, and the people I met there coupled with our shared experiences, and I will view that clinic as the one that corrected and redirected my understanding of the human-horse dynamic. This little life has been tremendously changed, and Anna Twinney is the person to whom I owe my gratitude and my thanks.
Many thanks also to Sabine Kaiser, Linda Quiring, Alice Dobbs, Charles Miller, Sharon Pizzuto, Dora Rassbach, Carolina Baertsch, Emily Duke, and Miss Betty Berry. What a pleasure it was to meet you all!
Horsey hugs to all and love always,
Holistic Horse Day – April 14th
Zuma’s Rescue Ranch, Littleton, CO
Animal Communication Weekend, April 20th – 21st
Happy Dog RanchLittleton, CO
April is here and we’ve got 2 exciting workshops right here in Colorado!
So if you’ve wanted to learn how to communicate with your horse, or any of your animal companion, or if you want to see Anna in action and see just what makes the ROTH program so unique this is your chance!
Don’t miss it!
The Holistic Horse Day with Anna
April 14th, 10am – 6pm
Zuma’s Rescue Ranch, Littleton
Uncover the Secrets of the Reach Out to Horses® Program!
If you would like to see what makes ROTH truly unique before you join us for our 3-day clinic weekends, then we’ve got just the ticket for you!
Through demonstrations, lectures, and hands-on exercises, you will explore the very same techniques that Anna has used, all around the world, to build genuine trust-based partnerships with thousands of horses.
Part I – “De-Mystify the Round Pen”: Discover the importance of true communication (that goes far beyond body language) and see just how much your horse has to tell you and all that you can uncover of your horse when you understand the language of Equus.
Part II – “Muscle Testing”: If only your horse could tell you what he needs, instead of having to figure it out through trial and error. Wait… Maybe he can… Learn how you can identify what your horse needs to be happy, healthy & whole.
Part III – “Animal Communication”: Discover the world of Interspecies
Communication. Explore a whole new relationship with your horse and discover what is truly possible when you step out of the box of limiting belief and step into the world of true communication between animals and humans.
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In partnership with the Rocky Mountain School of Animal Acupressure and Massage.
The Exquisite Art of Animal Communication
April 20th and 21st, 2013
Happy Dog Ranch Littleton, CO
Spend the entire weekend learning how to Talk to the Your Animals… No… Really…
Enter A World You Only Thought Possible in Dreams!
Through demonstrations, lectures, and hands-on exercises, you will explore the amazing world of interspecies, telepathic communication, or “animal communication.” Using your inherit gifts, you will be able to telepathically connect and communicate with a being of another species. This two-way communication is accomplished not only with words, but with images, feelings, thoughts, emotions and other intuitive senses.
“There is nothing like being in the energy of the live class environment. It raises your intuitive and connective abilities immensely!”
During the 2-Day Workshop You Will:
- Experience your innate ability to connect with yourAnimal Companions
- Learn the reasons behind behavioral issues and how to solve them
- Understand your animals perspective on situations
- Gain new insights into who they really are
- Creating a heart-to-heart connection with your Animal
- Engage in a Long Distance communication with any animal
- Effectively muscle-testing for anything
- Hear the scientific perspective
Animal Communication is not supernatural, but a natural way of communicating with animals and even people! Animals communicate telepathically with one another all the time, we just need to reawaken those intuitive senses to explore this extraordinary skill.
This is a heart-to-heart connection that everyone can experience if they open up, love, and listen to the animals. You will discover the beauty and harmony of the natural world, and awaken to exactly what is possible, when you understand that all living creatures are intelligent beings, with their own feelings, emotions, thoughts, desires and perceptions of life.
Awaken Your Inherit Ability to Talk to Your Animal Companion!
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