Recounting the blessings along the way…

Solar Eclipses are known to bring about transformation, new beginnings and changes. Their potency can sometimes be intimidating, but it is important to remember that they always put us on the right path. The influence of this Solar Eclipse, it will be important to go with the flow and not be in a hurry to make key decisions or judgements about something. But one thing is for certain, after the passing of this Eclipse, the truth will slowly be revealed….  For me, it’s been an extraordinary, amplified, and intense time…journey with us.

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The last few weeks of my life have been exceptional, spending my summer in CO, CA, and OR, supporting the rescue and sanctuary horses.  I’m touched by the enthusiastic response I have been getting and the dedication of those around me.
Our family and tribe continue to expand with amazing folks joining the call of the horse who believe in me and in ROTH.  We have laughed together, shed tears together, created everlasting relationships and made memories.  Our hearts have been touched and filled and we have inspired many to see the horses for who they truly are while exploring their own innate abilities and inner strength.  I have giggled upon hearing some of our “inside” jokes and felt deep compassion and pride as I watched my students excel.  I rose to the challenge of being out-of-touch with my rock of a husband when my phone fried. Still, his unconditional love never leaves me.  
During quiet times I realize my inner strength and drive and I give gratitude for these gifts.  There is not a day that goes by while I’m on the road where I don’t think of my family, dogs, horses, and my home, and although I miss them deeply I count my many blessings. 
Today, watching the eclipse within nature together with friends marks one of these occasions.  It’s a beautiful world and it’s my hope that you all got to embrace the chance to share in these moments and all the others that touch you deeply.  Where were you on this August day?
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Get the entire Stable Scoop from the Foals in Training Course in Oregon!

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Listen to our interview with Stable Scoop, which took place during the FIT Course and features Carolina sharing her experience with baby Eclipse, as well as Anna capsulizing the experience and sharing her thoughts on Weaver Boots. 

Below: Carolina during her interview and new addition to her family, Keanu, listening in.

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Optimizing the “Tabula Rasa” Component of Foal Gentling as Described by Sarah Lockwood

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As I reflect on the week of foal gentling, there are so many humbling and profound lessons to consider, it feels a bit like looking around gratefully at a giant pile of Christmas presents. Every minute spent with the foals, being coached by Anna, supporting fellow students, and living the experience, is a beautiful gift. I know by now that I need downtime to process after each ROTH Clinic, and regain focus on regular life, so I build that in to the travel schedule as a general rule now. 

 As I have saved the foal gentling course until the end of my Train the Trainers course lineup, it provides a chance to reflect on the consistency of the principles, and nuts and bolts of the ROTH methodologies, that are presented in every clinic.  The beauty of ROTH is that it’s not a new recipe or game you learn at each clinic. Rather, the methods encompass all types of practical horsemanship situations and horses, but each one is like a different facet of a prism that shows you a new way to apply everything to a new category of horses.

 In the case of the foals, I was most touched by the truth in Anna’s day-one statement that they are like blank slates, and that everything we do goes with them for life. I watched this truth unfold as I gained the trust and affection of a little filly I named Topaz, who had no reason to trust a human, and every instinctual reason to run the other way. Without really doing anything other than speaking her language and being authentic, I earned this innocent, sentient creature’s trust and was able to teach her nearly all of the basic goals of the course. Even as a horsewoman intimately familiar with the ROTH methods, I was still wholly taken aback by how much can be received by these little ones in such a short time. For me, Topaz provided the most profound examples of latent learning and the value of ending sessions on a good note, because the innocence of the foals and the lack of other “baggage” makes every single message that much clearer. 

 It was empowering and educational to participate in the daily care of the foals, in building and breaking down the pens, and in writing their little “bio’s”.  In fact, putting words to paper for the purpose of spreading the word about adoption day was yet another way I was able to give a voice to the voiceless. I felt like one of the cooperative components working with the Universe to bring about the manifestation of Topaz’ adoptive home. No sooner had I created a written description of Topaz and the home she was looking for, than her family materialized and indeed adopted her and two others, just like I’d hoped. Another lesson in the power of intuitive thought, connection, and words. 

 As someone who is working to develop a specialty in wild and untouched horses, the opportunity to gentle not just foals but wild foals, was a dream come true. I’m so excited about the connections made with the Warm Springs Horse Network through Anna & Katie’s efforts, and the inroads being made with the Warm Springs Reservation Tribes to continue to support the foals born on their lands through gentle and compassionate horsemanship. 

 This clinic provides so many things for horse lovers at many different stages of their training career or just life with horses. Foal gentling is a specialty one could easily fall in love with. I look forward to doing it again as soon as I can!

To find out how you can join us in Foal Gentling, Colt Starting, and so much more, please visit us at :

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Mijita’s Story…

Hi, my name is Mijita! I was recently taken off the range land in Warm Springs, Oregon, where I roamed freely with my family group. I am the color of honey, which is actually what my name means, as well as “my little daughter.”  I excel with a gentle approach and  like to know that I am being understood. I am smart and learn pretty quickly, as I showed during the foal gentling clinic.  I excelled at adapting to different approaches, touch, grooming, haltering, and the first steps for leading.   I am currently looking for my forever home and I can’t wait to see what my future holds. 

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For more information on where I can be found please visit Anna’s Website at:

Reach Out to Horses.  You can also call ROTH at 303-642-7341, and speak to the bipeds who are in charge of helping find me a home.  Thanks for considering making me a part of your homes, herds, and hearts!  I have been started so well that I am ready to go forward from here with my new forever family.  My gratitude to you for your consideration!

Sincerely,

Mijita

 

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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ROTH Holistic Horsemanship is Coming to Oregon!

We are tremendously excited to bring the Reach Out to Horses Trust Based Horsemanship program to Legacy Equestrian and Horse Sense Riding School in beautiful Estacada and Damascus, Oregon!
Our Three-Day event will cover a great deal, equipping you with new knowledge and insight into the language of equus to help you communicate with clarity for a deeper connection with your horse so that you can both be confident in your endeavors together!
I look forward to meeting all who attend and helping you Reach Out to your Horses with trust!
Warmly,
ANNA
Confident Horse

The Details! 
June 17th: Holistic Horse Day
Event Location: Horse Sense Riding School, Damascus, Oregon
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Experience the Next Generation of Horsemanship & Horse Care!
Through demonstrations, lectures, and hands-on exercises, Anna will introduce you to the very same techniques that she has used, all around the world, to build genuine trust-based partnerships with thousands of horses.
Here’s what you will explore in this full day event:
 
Part I – “De-Mystify the Round Pen”:
Round pen work isn’t “chasing a horse around a pen”! When used correctly, the round pen can be extremely effective in communicating, training and learning about your horse. You will experience a language that goes beyond body gestures, and create a lexicon that can be used in and out of the Round Pen.
  • Create the ultimate foundation with your horse
  • Learn the importance of herd dynamics & behavior
  • Develop a 2-way communication system
  • Understand how horses perceive your actions
  • Discover what is actually happening in the Round Pen
  • Determine when the Round Pen is NOT the right tool and more!!!
Part II – “Muscle Testing”:
Explore this easy to learn and use tool to identify what your horse needs to be happy, healthy, and whole. Explore the body, mind, spirit connection Get direct feedback from your body – the body does not lie!
  • Test your horse for any supplement, feed or deficiency
  • Learn how to address energy blocks
  • Discover how your thoughts, limitations & beliefs affect your life and more!!!
Part III – “Animal Communication”:
Are you ready to take your communication beyond body language and training cues? Then it is time to discover the world of Interspecies Communication and explore a whole new relationship with your horse.
  • Experience your ability to connect with another being
  • Learn the reasons behind behavioral issues & how to solve them
  • Hear an evidence and validation based perspective
  • Understand your animals perspective on situations
  • Discover what you are actually telling (or not telling) your horse and more!!!
 
Take Your Partnership with Your Horse to a Whole New Level!
 
Only $125 if you register 6 weeks before the event, $150 after

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Saturday, June 18th: Obstacle Course at Liberty
If you have been searching for a more evolved horsemanship method, if you want to take your skills and your relationship with your horse to a deeper level, you have come to the right place.
 
We aren’t going to waste any time. On the first day you are “jumping into the deep end” of equine communication! The obstacle course is one of the most effective tools in horsemanship and you will join your equine partner at liberty. You will learn how to communication effectively with your horse, truly gaining the partnership and connection needed for anything you do with your horse. It is a wonderful way to take your partnership to a much deeper level and have some fun. It is also a true test of partnership. It’s a time to strip you of all paraphernalia and connect through unspoken words and explore your horses’ true language!
 
Anna developed the course over 15 years ago, and since then thousands of her students from all over the world have worked with the Obstacle Course for a myriad of uses. You will learn how to apply this safe and effective training approach to solve all sorts of problems and determine your horse’s learning style. From preparing horses for the trail, engaging school and therapeutic riding horses, spook-busting, through to establishing a communication system with performance horses and honoring the needs of the retirees, Anna will show you how to read the subtleties of your horse’s body language and direct your horse on the ground.

Sunday, June 19th: T.L.C. and In-Hand & Ridden Obstacle Course
On day 2, you will begin with Anna’s exclusive Trust-Based Learning and Compassionate Communication.
This is the foundation of the ROTH program’s in-hand work … and there’s a reason for it. You will create a solid footing with your horse, set him up for success, and achieve that connection of grace and ease you’ve always imagined. Say goodbye to frustration, struggle, confusion, misunderstanding, flaring tempers, fear and anxiety for both you and your horse.
 
Instead, welcome to a new way of thinking, a new way of being.
Using Anna’s TLC methods you will be able to:
  • Understand the importance of intimacy and relaxation exercises and how to use them correctly
  • Overcome your horse’s challenging habits and behavior patterns
  • Prepare your young horse for his first saddle, bridle and rider
  • Desensitize your horse to common situations and tack
  • Prepare your horse for doctoring and medical examinations/emergencies
  • Earn your horse’s trust and learn how to continue to gain and build his trust
  • Develop methods to read your horse’s mood, personality, character, likes & dislikes
  • Create a toolbox to foster that perfect connection on a daily basis
And much more!
Then you will head to the saddle for a fun, effective and powerful lesson in communication and desensitization. You will learn how to gain a closer connection with your horse and fill in the holes you might not have even known you had. All without fear, force, stress or flooding. Get the results you need to stay safe. Work with your horse and set them up for success and build confidence. All this from the saddle while learning to speak the language of your horse and deepening the relationship with your horse to a level you might not even have thought possible!
 
Space is Extremely Limited. Register Now!
Only $397 for the entire 2 Days if you register by May 1st  / $447 after March 21st.

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Sign Up for the 2-Day Weekend As An Auditor – Only $125

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Federal Judge Orders BLM to Answer Questions regarding Roundup and Removal of Kiger Mustangs

Famed Oregon wild horses still surrounded by controversy

 

PORTLAND, Ore. (November 22, 2011) – The Cloud Foundation (TCF) and Craig Downer, plaintiffs in a case brought against the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), are encouraged to learn that Federal Court Judge, Patricia Sullivan, issued a ruling ordering defendant, the BLM, to provide the court with answers to questions regarding the roundup, removal, adoption and warehousing of mustangs from the famed Kiger and Riddle Mountain herds of southeastern Oregon. Georgie Duckler, counsel for the plaintiffs, and client, Kathleen Lewis, requested that the BLM reveal the number of wild horses removed, their locations, condition, deaths, adoptions, and relocations. The BLM has until December 12, 2011 to respond.

 

“We’re encouraged that the judge is concerned about these famous mustangs and how they’re faring,” states Cloud Foundation Director, Ginger Kathrens. “The Kiger and Riddle herds are some of the most famous and most Spanish of our western wild horse herds, yet they are being managed to extinction by an out-of-control agency charged with protecting them.”

 

Advocates are hoping that the concerns expressed by Judge Sullivan will translate into a ruling that orders the return of un-adopted Kiger and Riddle wild horses back to the range in order to shore up the genetic viability of these seriously under-populated wild herds. The BLM removed all but 21 horses on the Kiger range and all but 26 in Riddle Mountain during a July 2011 helicopter roundup, insuring inbreeding and the potential for a complete die-out of these herds. A herd population size of 150-200 adult animals is generally accepted as the minimum to maintain genetic viability.

 

“The numbers of wild horses left in these two herds, even combined, will result in inbreeding over time,” states E. Gus Cothran, PhD, the most respected equine geneticist in the U.S. who has been studying the genetics of western wild horse herds for over 20 years. “It’s a situation you want to avoid if possible. I don’t understand BLM’s reasoning on this.”

 

The BLM reported that they received no responses to their Environmental Assessment (EA) calling for the drastic reduction of the Kiger and Riddle Mountain Wild Horse herds; however,  advocates claim that no one they know received the EA, not even the local Oregon Resource Advisory Council (RAC) member for wild horses, Diane Pinney. “There is something very irregular about this whole process,” stated Pinney. “There is absolutely no possibility that not one person would have commented on the roundup of some of the most popular wild horses in the country, if given the opportunity, especially given the Kiger community’s concern over the past two roundups which reduced genetic diversity, increasing the chances of inbreeding in this small breeding population.”

 

Ironically, the BLM’s website touts the unique qualities of the two herds saying: “The BLM manages two special areas in southeastern Oregon for wild horses with Spanish Mustang characteristics… the Kiger and Riddle Mountain Herd Management Areas. Seeing the beauty of the Kiger Mustangs in the wild with their classic coloration and markings will add much to your enjoyment of our western heritage. It is an experience you won’t soon forget.”

 

“If this is what managing for ‘special areas’ means, I’d rather be a wild horse living almost anywhere else,” says Kathleen Lewis of Portland, a wild horse advocate who brought forth the suit against the BLM. “It is absolutely devastating that the BLM has no regard for our western history and culture, and their mandate to manage for sustainable wild horse herds.”

 

“The BLM is so hypocritical. The Wild Horse and Burro Act intended for these animals to be the principle users on their legally designated ranges, yet they are at the bottom of the totem pole,” says wildlife ecologist and author, Craig Downer. “BLM thumbs its nose at the true intent of a unanimously passed Act of Congress and completely disregards the will of the American public. It is truly disgusting that they have destroyed these unique populations in Oregon.”

 

Some wild horses from the two herds remain in short-term holding and could be returned to the range if the plaintiffs are successful with their challenge to BLM management. TCF and Downer brought suit against the BLM in July, seeking to stop the roundup and removal of the famed Oregon mustangs. The judge denied their temporary restraining order and the roundup continued with two reported deaths and a total of 165 animals permanently removed.

 

 

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Media Contact:

 

Lauryn Wachs

617-894-6939

Lauryn@TheCloudFoundation.org