The Importance of Having a Like-Minded Team

BY: Katie Dixon ~ Renegade Equine

In the fall of 2015, I was connected with a small but mighty rescue group called the Warm Springs Horse Rescue Network, who at the time had helped place over 500 foals in homes. This August, I was fortunate enough to coordinate and host the ROTH Foals Clinic in Sisters, Oregon. I was thrilled to bring the ROTH team of students and people who were interested together in central Oregon, as finding holistic and like-minded horsemanship had been a challenge.

 

The auditors, students, healers, rescue network, foals, and Anna (of course), contributed to a wonderful week of strong team building and brought awareness to holistic horsemanship in central Oregon, as well as connecting like-minded professionals living in the area .

 

Although we may be able to create positive change for our horses and clients on our own, it truly takes a whole-horse approach to be successful in rehabilitation of horses, or even if its not a rehabilitation case, to take them to the next level of physical health and performance.

 

It has taken a little over a year of stepping out of my introvert comfort zone and pushing myself to network with equine professionals to find and build my “dream team” here in Oregon.

 

The results of this year of work building connections and then hosting the clinic are multidimensional. This is the amazing holistic-minded equine team we have here in Oregon :

 

  • A barefoot trimmer who sees the whole horse and how to help them move better
  • Several body workers who can help the horse’s body release restrictions and move more fluidly, and also provide feedback as to how our physical conditioning plan is working from the body’s perspective
  • A few different veterinarians who are open to a holistic perspective or are practicing holistic medicine
  • Several saddle fitters who work to keep the horse and human comfortable to achieve their goals
  • A Nutrition expert to guide us through basic supplementation and feeding practices specific to our area
  • Quality hay providers
  • Local feed companies
  • A team of holistic trainers working together to better horse’s lives around us

 

Without permission from the horse and their human, the team isn’t able to get much done. It its inspiring to me, each day, when we give the horses we work with the ability to communicate and have an opinion about each aspect of their life how much information we are able to obtain.

 

You see, in order for harmony in your horse, you have to create harmony in your team. Some team members may have expertise in multiple areas, and each member of your team needs to be able to respectfully communicate and work together to help you accomplish your goals with your horse.

 

What I appreciate most about building a great team is having a community to discuss new cases with, and also having a group of people I can refer to that can be trusted and will be working for the good of the horse in their area of expertise.

It is our due diligence as equine professionals, to look at the information from our trusted team with open eyes and ears. We need to be willing to shift how we are approaching different aspects of our horse’s unique experience in the world. The balance of a horses psychological and physiological help depend on us being open to look at all areas of our horses lives: what we feed our horses, their living environment, what we ask them to do physically (and emotionally), how we balance their bodies, how we engage their minds, and how we support their growth.

 

When we utilize a multi-faceted approach, examined with a lens of honesty and integrity it is amazing how much we are able to help horses find balance and happiness in their lives.  When we are willing to communicate for the good of the horse with other professionals instead of pointing the finger of blame, we are able to solve the puzzle with that horse and help them to live a comfortable and happy life.

 

Although it takes some effort in networking, a little shedding of ego, a bit of rallying the troops so to speak to get “your team” built, I would encourage you to do so! ROTH as an approach to horsemanship encourages us to look at the whole horse when we are training, and there are some really great equine professionals out there who can help boost your team and ultimately help magnify the great work you are all already doing. We can only benefit from like-minded collaboration, and grow into more skilled and knowledgeable equine guardians.

 

You can’t go wrong having ROTH on your team!

ROTH takes Natural Horsemanship to China & 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.

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 prominant 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.”

A Brand New Format for Our Newsletter…

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Dear Herd,
It’s been a glorious past few weeks as we have immersed ourselves into the unique courses we offer through ROTH: Advanced horsemanship gentling wild foals, starting both Mustangs and Andalusians under saddle the gentle way and supporting the horses that need help to understand our world!  With just a few days threaded in between we have been hard at work back at the ranch taking care of the fields, fences, and runs.  Joining us were two International student trainers from Germany and South Africa – how we love to share a well-rounded experience with all those who embrace the chance to get stuck in!
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A NEW RELEASE: In Partnership with Horses
We’re so proud to announce the release of our 12th DVD!. This project is near and dear to my heart and created for all the hard working horses out there in the hardest industry of them all — the therapeutic industry.
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As an Equine Linguist, Behaviorist and Horse Whisperer, Anna will share the secrets to creating an effective program that not only brings powerful insights, healing, and change to your clients but also a healthy, happy environment for your horses.
NOW AVAILABLE!
Pre-order 1 DVD set and get a FREE copy for
your favorite EFL non-profit organization*
In Partnership with Horses™
A 2-Disc Set
True Partnership with Horses as
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ASK ANNA:

Dear Anna,

How do you handle those who are skeptical about ROTH methodologies and Animal Communication?
It’s funny you should ask! Later this month, I’m hosting a mini webinar series on this very topic. I’d encourage you to join us for the Webinars to get a comprehensive answer to your question. 
For now, I’ll answer briefly. I am happy to have a skeptic in the audience provided he or she has an open mind. I encourage healthy skepticism. In fact, I’d describe myself as a somewhat skeptical person. Once the less than convinced sees the results of ROTH methodologies and Animal Communication, they have the evidence they need to develop a belief. Once a skeptic is convinced, they become passionate advocates! Passionate advocates work to better the lives of the animals they encounter and they share their the knowledge. How can I be upset about that? a498a4b577eadde16d3971be_1200x798[1]This is only a small portion of our newsletter in its new format – Diary of a Horse Whisperer.  For the full newsletter and to sign up to receive our monthly updates please visit the link below:
To find out how you can register to be a part of the magic of ROTH and to learn more about our principles and methodologies, please visit the ROTH website at:

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

 

10 Years of Gentling Wild Horses with ROTH!

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Imagine being pulled out of your home, away from your family and friends and taken to an unknown place where you are introduced to foreigners who do not speak your language. This is exactly what these symbols of freedom so often experience. By understanding and attuning to these magnificent creatures, and seeing the world through their eyes, you will begin to master their language. You will learn how to socialize them, create trust & value in a relationship and identify their motivation & learning styles. This class is ideal for those who have recently fostered or adopted untouched horses and can be arranged in your area.

Immerse yourself in a 7-day workshop. This is a unique opportunity to observe wild horses in their natural habitat. You will begin to understand non-verbal communication with the natural world, be introduced to herd dynamics and develop a bond through building a trust-based relationship. The young horses being socialized in this clinic have come to the class through various rescue situations. They have shown a natural desire to relate to humans. To make their futures less traumatic for veterinary care, foster homes etc, these young horses will be your teachers.

Follow the link to sign up today!

http://www.reachouttohorses.com/training.html#gentling

 

The Evolution of a Dream: It’s Not Easy Being Different!

For Immediate Release | March 5, 2016
Contact: Vincent Mancarella | info@reachouttohorses.com
303-642-7341

The Evolution of a Dream: It’s not easy being different 
Brand new to the market, Horse LifeStyle is easily summed up as Hulu or Netflix for horse people. Recently, world renowned horse whisperer Anna Twinney was included in their impressive arsenal of content. As the founder of Reach Out to Horses, Anna developed her own gentle methods for communication with horses that establishes a respectful partnership rather than a forceful dictatorship. Anna’s instructional videos are now available on the new internet based platform. 
As Horse Lifestyle prepared for their world-wide launch … Anna grew incredibly excited for both the access to programming for people all over the world and for the fact that her message could now be seen far and wide.”I always knew education was the answer to being part of the global solution,” Anna said. 
Anna’s story begins twenty years ago as an intention to take a sabbatical from her career in the British Police force to further her education about horses and learn the art of horse whispering to bring it back home to the UK. Her goal was to share what she learned to enhance her fellow officer’s experience with the public and visa versa; she felt this unique experience would equip her to help officers enhance their “bedside manner”. Her sabbatical turned into a journey of discovery with many sacrifices but ultimately, Anna gained understanding and joy beyond anything she’d ever imagined. 
Several years ago, during a high growth period in Anna’s career, some of the most recognizable clinicians in the horse industry began producing TV shows for small cable channels with a small (for television) but heavily niched horse-loving audience. It quickly became popular for well known and would-be horsemen and women to, at least, aspire to produce a show. 
Long before TV for horse people was popular practice, Anna and her husband and business partner Vincent Mancarella had been documenting all of Anna’s workshops. They chronicled the lessons and recorded the outstanding experiences that teaching all over the world brought into their lives. 
While Anna traveled and documented, teaching hundreds of people face to face, the trend to become a horse trainer / television producer grew in size and scope. More channels popped up to air these 30 minute segments that instructed viewers in rudimentary techniques for topics to give viewers everything from baby steps to a basic understanding of horsemanship to detailed techniques for all disciplines. 
Anna knew her methods are different and comprehensive. Her approach is “wholistic” (whole horse) and all about understanding the language of the horse. Her perspective is unique and language based. Her study of wild horses has been intensive and her understanding of minuet changes in body language is as intriguing as it is a proverbial key to unlock understanding between horse and human. Vin and Anna would have loved a television show, too. The overall goal is always to spread the message for the betterment of horses everywhere. 
Kermit the Frog told us years ago “It’s not easy being green”. It’s also not easy to have a methodology that’s often in contrast to your colleagues. In the land of cowboys or trainers who train horses and not people, Anna with her British accent, her sunny smile and commanding presence, is a lot like Kermit. 
The competition for advertisers interested in the target-market dense but still somewhat small audience these shows drew, was intense; it was a new format in an industry known to be slow to adapt to change. Vin and Anna just believed their time would come. They knew their efforts were best left to continuing to travel and teach people, hands on. They continued to document, produce DVDs, webinars and to show up at barns and event centers all over the world to share the messages of energy healing, animal communication and holistic horsemanship. 
Today, to learn Anna’s perspective, unique observations and remarkable techniques you need not subscribe to a particular cable provider and you can join her lectures in places all over the world in the comfort of your own living room or even on your smart phone. Anna had a dream to share a message and thanks to the evolution of that dream (and technology), her message can now, very literally, be heard by millions. 
To learn more about Anna Twinney and Reach Out to Horses visit the website at ReachOutToHorses.com