Answering the call of the horses: Safia Khider

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My journey from Marrakech to Colorado is teaching me so much about myself but most importantly about who I want to continue being in this world: a person with compassion who will not stop learning how to better be and act with horses.

My luck has brought me to ROTH and to Anna Twinney, an incredibly talented and compassionate horsewoman who gives a voice to the voiceless and travels the world to teach the language of the horse. Her generosity has brought me to her ranch where I have the honor and the incredible chance to work with her horses and to get her training. I am very excited and happy to share this journey in my blog with all of those out there who, just like me, have longed to truly understand and listen to the horses…

Safia’s favorite quote:

“Once you give your horse a voice, be ready and willing to hear what he has to say.”

~ Anna Twinney

It is a good reminder as I have seen a lot of people not liking what they “hear” once they give a voice to the horses.

 

Go here to follow along on Safia’s BLOG: Read Connect to Horses Here!

A Message From Behind the Curtain…

Ahoy, Mateys! 

‘Tis I, Lacey, Captain of the ROTHffice!

Most of my friends who know I work for a Horse Whisperer have visions of me out with the horses, riding all day, crossing the western landscape with a cowgirl hat and boots or maybe even working in an indoor.  That is not at all my story.  While I occasionally feed, clean, and fill water tanks, I’m largely an indoor girl. Much of my time at ROTH is spent at my desk, packing shipments, on the phone with clients or hosts, or taking care of the myriad little tasks that supporting a small business requires.  Still, I do have horses and as much as my lifestyle heavily revolved around being on a horse when I was younger, in my older years, I simply wish to keep their company and to learn as much as I can about their language while maybe enjoying a trail ride here and there.

If I were an equine, I’d be a donkey, because you can’t push me. I have to want to do it and only on my schedule.  However, this year I became acutely aware that my chance to attend the HHC here in CO might be drawing to a close because of Anna wanting to bring the course to people around the world.  So after years of watching others go before me and learning what it was that I too wished to learn, 2019 was indeed my time to jump on it, and so I did.

I did not attend Part I of the HHC, but I figured that this many years of working for Anna and her graciously allowing me to attend and volunteer at some of the local clinics meant that I had enough exposure to the ideas and methods that  I could now jump in and “challenge” Part III of the Holistic Horse Course.  And, indeed, “challenged” was the right word to describe my two weeks at Zuma’s, as I struggled with catching up on all the material, all the notes, and the practicals that I had missed.  But however challenging it was for me, I so enjoyed being with everyone there, all the other students who helped me and who were patient with me, and who taught me what they had learned in the first part of their HHC.  Not to mention Katie, Safia, and Gino, who helped me immensely and included me in learning as I became the buddy to watch what it was they were doing so that I had a better idea when it was time for me to try the same.  And my gratitude extends to Anna, for allowing me to join you all while being entirely aware of all the gaps in my ROTH foundation that are simply the result of gathering bits and pieces here and there over the years.  You took those pieces and turned them into a complete and smooth picture for me, one with direction, clarity, and confidence that was entirely lacking before. 

To everyone who accompanied me on the journey and to the teachers, mentors, and horses who led us, THANK YOU and CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR ACCOMPLISHMENTS!

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The above image is of my allocated horse for the duration of the course, Pumpkin, Cari Simmons, who was handling Pumpkin to keep me safe while I did some blanket prep and spook busting, and myself.  I really fell in love with Pumpkin (and Cari for that matter) and I’m so blessed that I got to work with Pumpkin for those two weeks.

“The Voice of Harmony” in Cheval Pratique’s November 2019 Issue

November 2019 Issue

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Anna has been featured in many international magazines, even some in France, but we are excited to announce her inclusion in Cheval Pratique’s November 2019 Issue.

They cover Anna’s passions, particularly her unique approach to Natural Horsemanship that includes the telepathic and energetic components, her dedication to the Mustangs and the plight of wild horses the world over, and her ability to use Animal Communication to give a voice to the voiceless.

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Horse Whispering 101 Returns to Reach Out Ranch in 2020

They came to gain an understanding of horse whispering. They left with:

* comfort around horses

* life lessons beyond their dreams

* reading horses and behavior

* watching and learning the intricacies of the herd’s dynamics

* handling, leading and spook busting a variety of horses

* mindful grooming

* practical horsemanship

* groundwork

* self-development

* horse handling for the veterinarian and chiropractor

* equine nutrition and Dynamite supplements

* reaching their goals & overcoming fears

* insights into medizations

* grounding and breathing exercises

* energy exchange

* liberty and life lessons

*  and they left here wanting more…

Watch below to see our students and their experience with ROTH’s Horse Whispering 101

 

 

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Early registration for HW 101 is available by emailing Lacey@reachouttohorses.com

Check out Anna’s Interview While on Location in Morocco to see What Constitutes Real Partnership

Visit Horse Lifestyle TV’s Facebook Page (https//www.facebook.com/HorseLifestyle/?pnref=story) and scroll down, or click on the link or video below to see Anna’s interview that discusses true partnership, and what it looks like to really hear the horses.

 

Check Out Anna’s Horse Lifestyle Interview from Morocco!

Fall Has Fallen!

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There is much to do at the home ranch as Fall sets in; paddocks to be maintained, fences to be fixed, arena to be dragged, minerals replenished (see just below). This is especially important during barometric pressure changes. The colts have reached the time to be gelded (more about that in our upcoming newsletter). There is hay to be stocked, chiropractic adjustments (also see below) as well as our natural equine dentist scheduled.  And yet, amongst this busy time and our annual holistic horse course I scheduled something very important – a ride!
 
It was time for me to actually put my dreams into action this year and I am proud to share that we took a gorgeous trip to Granby with X and Honeybrook to see the Fall colors.  This trip was extra special as I invited to of our International students to join me on the adventure, an adventure I had waited 10 years to come to fruition, for me to enjoy with my Mustang and his lady bringing forth very proud moments as they confidently explored new territories. God’s country, as CO is known to many, gifts us with silence and a connection to true nature. 
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CARE & HEALING

In our next diary, we will explore nutritional muscle testing. This practice goes beyond the horse’s diet and supports their full wellbeing, determining body mind and emotional support to enhance wellbeing and eliminate inappropriate behavior. We use muscle testing at home with own horses and supplement as needed. Above, Joseph stands with Honey and Aria as they receive minerals to help with the changing seasons and differences in barometric pressure. Ask us about our mineral protocol.

Chiropractic Work Helps X Thrive

by: Dr. Rachel Heart Bellini 
Today we had a very good session with EXCALIBUR. Like most horses that I work on, he was compressed between the back of the rib cage and the pelvis. His lumbar vertebrae were not aligned completely straight and the muscles of the back were tight and spastic. The iliopsoas muscle and tensor fascia latte (TFL – Think of your IT band )  were both very tight and they were keeping EXCALIBUR’s pelvis flexed. There was a lot of fascial thickening at the attachment of the TFL – you can see the striations coming down from the tuber coxae. This compression of the lower back causes the space between the pelvis and rib cage to shorten and often there is no longer room for the pelvis to rotate down and the horse loses both length and suppleness to his lower back. This makes it hard for them to truly come through from the hind end because they cannot fully engage themselves. These pictures show a few days ago and then after his session today which included spinal alignment combined with soft tissue work. By releasing the soft tissue in the back it makes room for the bones to return to their proper places and restores the communication of the nervous system both to and from this area. The second picture demonstrates the integration achieved when the bones are aligned and the muscles/tendons and ligaments are not braced against the body’s imbalances. You can see that his body has softened and lengthened – he looks poised. 
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COPING SKILLS: foreign words for almost all equine trainers!  Not even the most seasoned horses can do what these young horses have been supported and trained for PRIOR to being ridden.   We challenge you to watch, listen and learn in support of your young, spooky or discouraged horses.  Bring spookbusting back for all horses, disciplines and situations to help your horses build up their coping skills in time of stress.  In the videos you’ll realize just how much stimulus is involved and the team building on all accounts.

L: Our Colt Starting Group R: The Simple Solutions Tribe

Ponying
Here we taking the ROTH techniques into the saddle and our International trainer students learn the value of teaching young horses to pony alongside a seasoned horse. Integrating body language from the ground to aid our horses to follow their leaders, supports the youngsters to understand their new role. Each horse learns to come off of pressure, follow the guidance of the pony horse and the leadership of the rider as they feel the nuances of the saddle, dummy and ultimately the rider in a safe environment from round-pen, to arena and onto the trail! 
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Subject: Charmed waits behind the “fence”
Each morning this summer I would get up at 6:00 am and go outside to close the gate so that the construction crew could safely come through the farm to work on putting up our new covered arena. Our horses had night turnout on grass for the summer but were closed into a smaller area up at the barn while the construction crew was going in and out through the farm road. Each morning I would tell Charmed he had to be behind the gate when the truck came through at 6:15 am. One morning the crew came through early and I was out in the yard but had not put the horses “behind the gate” yet. Charmed put himself behind the gate, he improvised, by using the railing. He is so cute. He had the most health and behavior issues of any therapy horse I have worked with and even though he has crossed his rainbow bridge he is still an amazing teacher. 
Cathy Languerand -ROTH Certified Instructor
STUDENT SUCCESS!
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The HHC is a life-changing experience. The reason: it’s not just about learning horsemanship, it’s also about getting life lessons! How can I tell you this after only 2 weeks in Colorado and one into the HHC Part 1? Let me unfold it. My journey with horses started when I was a little girl, totally drawn to horses, feeling a connection beyond words. Living in Morocco for most of my childhood, I was totally horrified by the way horses, mules and donkeys were treated and the contact with them through a horse club did not please me at all. Something in me was screaming me it was all wrong. Before stepping onto a communication professional path, I had this dream of learning the “psychology of horses” (as I verbalized it at the time)… 
                                                                     Read Safia’s Story
OOPS, We’re sorry …
Recently we told you that our talented friend and musical contributor to our new DVD, Juni Fisher gave a benefit concert; we listed the wrong location. The concert was held in support of the on going efforts at Happy Dog Ranch. Learn more about our good friends at HDR below! 
For more information on what we do here at ROTH and how you can become  a part of the mission here, please visit our website at:  Reach Out to ROTH