Reflections on Foal Gentling with Tribal Foals in Oregon By Laura E. Schumann

Laura and Crunchy

In this photo: Laura with the affectionately named “Crunchy.”

Part I:

My lessons are never soft and comfy.  Never easy, never simple, never just handed over and told, here you go-this is what you need to learn. Nope, not me, if there is a more challenging way to get my lesson, surely that will be my direction.  And the horses seem to know this as well.  And, well, so does Anna.  As a teacher myself, I can only confess I must say the words every teacher loves to hear.  So….here it is…..Yes, Anna you are right.  Now, to be honest, she knows this, but I am saying it anyway, because it is true.  I never doubted it, but sometimes a teacher can appreciate the honest acknowledgement-so herein, my acknowledgement.   (I will explain this in more detail further on).   In an end of day wrap up session, I listed off the variety of horses I have worked with in courses and clinics, and it was really one strong challenge and challenging horse after another.  So, live and learn, I grow and thrive, and I believe that this foal gentling was one of my most powerful, profound, and successful ROTH experiences.  In this very moment in time, as I sit at my desk at school preparing my next lecture, there is nowhere I want to be more than back with my foal-he was almost pushy, if you will, in reminding me of my lesson of being in the moment.  And although I must be in my moment now, I confess, I’d much rather be in that moment-with him J.

So, I really prepared for this.  Did my homework. Watched and watched the videos.  Remember- the farrier prep, the TLC, the haltering, the reach out, approach and retreat, grooming, back of the hand, not a claw, etc, right—got it, really prepared!  My horse was assigned to me: Crunchy.  Hm….not sure about the name-unique, quite the big personality, for a 4-month old still on milk….and oh, by the way—surprise! He’s dropped, too……

It seems my boy Crunchy already had a home and had been there for 3 weeks- he came back to us because his owner couldn’t catch him or really even get near him….and I quickly discovered he was a clever lad; he had learned exactly how to escape and knew just what would work—he knew to pin his ears, nip and bite (or, threaten it more than anything), and now and again, turn his bum… a clever boy indeed.  So-he absolutely pushed me to learn and grow. 

Day 2 we connected, he quickly grew bored of me and I became his plaything.  He was amused, but nothing more-at least I was getting close.  Day 3 was the rough one.  Something happened during lunch-maybe because his little buddy —- was out and free, and he wasn’t.  He became extremely riled up, and when I came to work with him, his energy hit me and I absolutely became jittery.  I was then in the pen with him, insecure and edgy, definitely ‘turnt up’, but not in a good way.  He immediately knew it, saw it, and took advantage of the situation-pinning, threatening, man he absolutely caught me and I was fearful of getting bitten or worse.  My confidence was low and he was indeed in charge of the pen and surroundings.  Sara was teamed up with me, and kindly volunteered to work with him.  With more confidence, she was able to approach and do some desensitizing, and we discovered that with her, his escape was to put himself into the corner, whereas with me he would pin ears, etc.  Interesting and helpful to discover.

On the upside, I had a golden moment that day anyway.  The little horse that was quite gentled came over to me as I sat watching others while my youngster slept-she came and stayed with me-to say, hey, you’re ok, it’s ok.  And so, when it came time for her to go-she had to get on the trailer, I asked if I might help.  As we began, I was told she hadn’t ever lead, and we would just herd her in—I asked if I might just go ahead, give it a shot- see if we couldn’t make it happen.  And sure enough, step by step, she came with me- we got her to the trailer, no panels, just a little help to motivate her from behind with a bit of energy-and I got her front feet onto the trailer with me-her caretaker gently lifted her back legs on-we did it!!! We lead her onto the trailer in a halter- a new trick for the caretakers involved!  My spirit flew.  Success for one foal- a new trick for the caretakers to see.  Chalk up another for the ROTH team!

We had our end of day wrap up, and everyone was more than kind-wanting me to open up to discuss the situation, and in a wonderfully supportive manner.  The conversation brought out my recounting several of the horses Anna had allocated to me throughout my studies, I named each one in turn, even surprising Anna with how many ‘challenging’ horses I’d had. 

As we moved forward, I determined to face him with my teaching energy.  And thus….he began treating me the same way as he had Sara.  He stopped threatening….we actually started to communicate, bond, create trust…and learning.  I recall struggling with an attempt to get the halter on.  Anna watching….called out, ok if you don’t’ get that halter on I’m coming in to do it.  Perfect. Just the motivation I needed-nope. NO WAY! My horse, I will halter.  And magically, I got the halter on….

…And the moment I got to his off side, He had blocked and blocked me, I finally asked, just the right way, with a little halter help-and there I was rubbing away on his neck, his head, his belly, all the off side.  Beaming proudly I called to Anna to see-and a quick little bugger he was-knew I’d left the moment set out to nip—what a reminder! What a powerful communication to remind me to stay in the moment-to remain totally and completely-with him.  Powerful lessons.  Powerful experience…even at 4 months I have nothing but great respect and admiration for the equine world and continue to be awestruck at the lessons, the journey, and the phenomenal ROTH experience.

On the final day, Crunchy’s owner came to see him and bring him home.  He walked over to the side of the pen where she stood, allowed her to touch him…she was blown away! She had chased him for three weeks and never got near him.  The trailer loading was a bit difficult.  I really wanted to try to lead him, but perhaps he just wasn’t ready.  So we herded him in, but the sun was so directly in eyes that I kept waiting for him to get out of that sun spot—doing something of a rather inconvenient dance—and I confess, as a teacher with a doctorate and I like to think with a few smarts-it never occurred to me to tell Anna the sun was blinding me-finally she noticed it, and came in to help-so the loading wasn’t as smooth as we would have liked, and unfortunately I had lost some valuable time with waiting for him to move out of the sun-but eventually we found success and he was headed for home.

I think about him often…..wonder how he is doing, hoping his owner is a bit more cognizant of his bold personality and awareness of his person being in the moment with him.

 

Part II:

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And with this awesome experience, I was recently reminded of something I had written for the ROTH newsletter my first time at White Stallion Ranch in AZ.  This was a few years ago, earlier in my ROTH journey.  We often struggle with our own abilities, insecurities, why am I doing this, etc etc….and yet I continue to pursue my path with ROTH.  Albeit slowly-something continues to compel me to remain on the journey. 

My year with horses last year was a very exciting and rewarding one.  Prior to the foal gentling, I had a few very encouraging experiences along the way.  I had returned to White Stallion and was given a different horse to ride- a very forward Arabian named Cash.  I’ve never had particularly strong feelings for Arabians—but this one caught my heart.  And….saved my bacon (so to speak).

We had a newer guide on a ride, and all things being considered, hey, everyone has to start somewhere, so I have no qualms about that.  She didn’t, however, quite have the gist of stopping a galloping string of horses.  And I must say, as much as I adore Cash, his gallop gets pretty wild.  It’s definitely a hang on style of run- so we were galloping pretty hard, and suddenly we see the horses in front of us completely stopped.  He spied it about a split second before I did, and honest to goodness, I heard him say to me “Oh Shoot!” (word edited here for courtesy).  As he did his best to skid to a stop, there was nothing he could do to not slam bam right into the horse in front of us- so he planted his front feet as best he could, and did an almost rodeo style massive flip to the left- landed in a bush (thank God not a cactus!) and as my friend Tori came up behind me (in a better position to see and slow down)—she said I have no idea how on earth you held on to that and didn’t go flying right off.  I said, I don’t know- he told me.  Somehow he just let me know he was going left and I just rode it over.  And I had the connection.  I got the message-I heard the whisper (although it was more than a whisper…..)

Part III:

And then I was at Anna’s clinic in West Virginia.  A few amazing, and frankly, life changing moments there.  One in particular stands out:  The night before, several of us helped bring a client’s horses into the barn/pasture area.  I was there barely in time to man the wide gate—and 1 horse,  Visionquest (whom I had met earlier that day and knew she was powerful with a big, bold, and commanding personality) came bounding past the 5 people placed  to hold her-straight toward me and the open gate.  No time for me to close the gate, and not a good thing for her to escape-I stood in the middle of the opening-and as she headed my way-we made eye contact.  And in that amazing 3-8 tenths of a second I heard the whisper.  I saw that 3/10 of a second hesitation in her eye.  And I looked right back and said, yup, that’s right; I’m not going to let you through this gate.  And just as she got to me, did the most amazing 180 turn back into the barnyard.  My heart was pounding, but in that crazy, defining moment-I stood my ground, because I had caught the whisper of hesitation.  She slammed around 5 other people (horse people, at that-who later, by the way, told me they weren’t about to stop that charging horse!) but I caught it.  And I stopped her.  And that, simple small, amazing moment, was defining.  And—here Is the part where I say Anna, you were right; you can’t teach feel you just have to feel feel. And as I continually grope, and struggle to get that- I knew, at least in that moment-I had gotten it.  One brief, fleeting moment-but it gave me just enough, just that feeling to say, yea, ok, I get it.  I still have a lot of work to do-but in that moment, I got it.  And what a WOW moment! Funny how one split second can provide so much.  And, it then gives you the drive, the courage, the desire to carry on, to know that you can learn so much, and maybe, just maybe….make a difference.  Might not be big, but that one moment-was worth a great deal.  That moment says; keep working, because you want another moment like that.  And that moment could make a difference for a horse or a person.

And so the journey continues.  And I am more than grateful for the opportunity to continue it with the truest and most authentic and sincere horse whisperer around.  Anna truly does this all for the love of the horse (and all animals), for the opportunity to catch the whisper and be the voice of the horse-while training people with life lessons and opportunities that simply don’t exist elsewhere.

Interested in Foal Gentling or working with the Untouched Ones?

Check out these DVDs offered by Anna to help give insight into successful handling methods and training techniques that take the whole horse into account.

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If you really want to experience the experience then join Anna on one of these courses in either Bend, Oregon, or in Shingletown, California this year!

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Or if you prefer the wilder side of things, Reach Out to the Untouched Ones with Anna in Shingletown, CA, this August.  Space is limited for this one-of-a-kind experience in gentling mustangs with one of the world’s greatest equine behaviorists and linguists.

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Testimonials from the Animal Communication Dream Retreat at White Stallion Ranch in Tucson, AZ

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The exceptional clients from The Animal Communication Dream Retreat share with us their thoughts and reflections after their amazing week at the White Stallion Ranch in November.

Marcia Lorenz:  Coming from a scientific background, I am always looking for logic and a validated outcome.  I have recently been curious about, and felt the desire to explore animal communication, but never was drawn to the proper teacher.  Anna “appeared out of the blue” and I knew that she was the one who could relate to me and become my teacher, mentor, and inspiration.  After completing the course, Anna was able to meet all my expectations and infinitely more.  Now I feel that my journey has definitely begun.  I know that it was the animals who sent me to Anna.  Do not miss any opportunity to just be in her presence.  She is so incredibly gifted.  You will learn and grow and begin to realize your potential.  Let your journey begin.

Lynda Marks:  I had been looking for answers in connection with Animal Communication and how to move forward.  Although there is a lot of information to be found via the web and in books as well as recommendations from others etc.  But for me I was looking for someone I felt a connection with and that I could follow as being a mentor.  This is exactly what I discovered in Anna and I am so excited that I feel I can now move forward with confidence.  A huge thank you is not enough to express how I really feel when trying to convey that through a few lines on paper.

Cheryl Miller:  The 7 day Animal Communication Training in Arizona was an extraordinary experience!  Anna Twinney is truly a master of her craft as well as a supportive, compassionate, and uplifting teacher.  Her training is a comprehensive and skillfully-crafted course that not only opens you up to a new world of possibilities, but supports and builds your confidence as you discover your natural/innate style of communication.  Her light-hearted and warm nature, combined with her skills, experience, and wit, make this training an engaging and life-changing experience.

Barbara Claussen:  Enlightened and empowered!  This work is way exceeding my expectations! This opened up my door wide for wonderful experiences in the future!  Loved it!  Recommend it highly no matter what level you are at!

Lisa Brown: Working with Anna is an unforgettable experience!  I’ve been learning animal communication for a few years, but I knew NOTHING about horses.  Anna’s teaching style allowed our group with mixed levels of experience and backgrounds to learn and connect with each other in an environment of mutual support, friend ship, and trust.  Anna is both warm and straightforward. The material was refreshing and invaluable.  There is something illuminating for everyone to take away, regardless of where you are starting out or what you currently believe.

Pamela Davidson:  Anna is a fantastic teacher.  I learned so much- in more ways than specific animal communication teachings! Every day brought more gifts- a wonderful week with Anna sharing her depth and breadth of knowledge and experience.  Thank you Anna and Vin!!

Thanks to all who contributed thoughts and wanted to share a glimpse of what their experience looked like.  It was an amazing and profound week of growth and development for all who joined us in Tucson!

 

Animal Communicator, Anna Twinney, Gives Voice to Wild Mustang Living in Captivity

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White Stallion Ranch sponsored the adoption of a wild mustang on January 8th to participate in Arizona’s Extreme Mustang Makeover.  JP Dyal had 104 days to train a horse captured from a band of Mustangs in Nevada and trucked to a BLM holding facility in Arizona, where he lived for the next 3 years.

The horse was randomly assigned from the holding pens on adoption day.  For the first few days he stood in the round pen surrounded by ranch activity, calmly taking it all in.  Each night, JP would sleep in the round pen on a cot which bonded them quickly. JP named him Chance, saying “this is his second chance at a good life.”

It was immediately apparent that Chance was a very unusual horse. JP started his training on day 2 and Chance responded well to everything that was asked of him. He was willing and trusting and you could actually see him processing information.

Anna Twinney, an internationally respected Animal Communicator offers workshops at White Stallion Ranch. We asked if she would communicate with Chance; to ask if he was comfortable in his new life or if he was missing his band and his freedom on the open range. We also wanted to know if there was anything we could do to shape his future, make his life with usbetter and somehow make up for the trauma caused by humans.

What follows is a summary of the communication between Chance and Anna as she shared it with us in real time via telephone:

JP, Carol and Susanne sit in Carol’s office at the speaker phone, Anna is on the line and explains briefly what to expect as she reaches out to Chance and begins her communication with him.  The line goes silent, we wait, and 10 minutes pass slowly as we wonder if we are still connected.  Anna begins speaking very quickly; we click on the recorder and start taking notes.   The session lasts 1 hour and 11 minutes; apparently Chance is quite willing to share his thoughts. 

Anna begins by describing images as they come to her; she refers to them as Chance showing himself and his surroundings. She speaks quickly and is not looking for validation – it is more like a stream of consciousness:

Chance indicates that the number 3 is significant – the last three years, which we know he spent in captivity, she sees images of the holding pens, the surrounding area as well as the men who work in the pens. We asked about his life in the wild and he shows her the open range,his early years in the band, his memories of being a bachelor, she sees that he did not run in a typical group of bachelors, he traveled alone.

Chance categorized his life in 3 chapters:

  1. living in the wild  –   a chapter of freedom and learning and growing
  2. holding pens – 3 years waiting, no learning, no shelter, no freedom
  3. being handed to JP –  he feels he  “found his person” 

He takes life in stride and accepts each chapter for what it is, he adapts and sees life as the glass is full and overflowing, he wants to be JP’s horse for life,he enjoys the partnership, he is insightful and he appreciates JP.  He doesn’t have any baggage and he hasn’t allowed his past to shape his future – he is only interested in what the future holds. 

 He does not blame or dislike humans for what happened to him.

Anna describes in great detail the entire training processJP has taken him through.His training was very fast and he is very accepting of what JP asks of him, he works very hard to process it and understand it.

He shows riding in the desert, the ranch rodeo, trailering and practicingmounted shooting, he indicates that he is aware of the upcoming competition,  and he has overheard conversations  that he may not be coming home with JP  after the competition.

He is not being broken, he is being started – his spirit has not been broken, he sees JP as his master and he is willing to partner with him.  He will do whatever JP asks of him on the day of the event.  He comprehends the dilemma – the better they perform, the higher his price will go, he knows JP wants to show him off and demonstrate his training skills, but it will push the bids up ~ making it harder for JP to buy him and bring him home.

JP asks if he would like to be a performance horse (Mounted Shooting) and he shows Anna that he doesn’t really want to, he envisions them riding together but not performing – it looks more like they are wrangling or leading rides.

JP asks why Chance is so trusting, and Anna says it is in his DNA, he is able to put his past completely behind him and move forward with full trust and willingness.

In closing, Anna notes that no matter what the future holds for Chance, he will excel at whatever is asked of him, because he will adapt to any circumstances.

While it is clear that Chance is no ordinary horse, it’s a valuable lesson to learn that wild horses do not all fit neatly into a category any more than domesticated horses. There are good and bad, willing and stubborn in both cases, and we are sincerely amazed at the incredible little Mustang we received from the BLM.   If you or anyone you know is considering an adoption we strongly encourage you to give one of these magnificent horses a “chance.”

For further information on consultations, webinars and the animal communication ranch retreat with Anna in November 2016 visit reachouttohorses.com

CONTACT: Susanne Walsh, White Stallion Ranch, Tucson, AZ
info@whitestallion.com ~ 520-297-0252

You Deserve a Break! Check out Ranch Retreats with ROTH!

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Oh the ROTH Ranch Retreats! What can we say? Incredible scenery, life changing experiential education. Below are a few details about each retreat. Follow the button to the website for full details. These retreats combine a vacation style atmosphere with true awakenings of mind, spirit and body. 


 

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During this one-of-a-kind clinic you will explore the world of the horse in ways you may never have even thought possible.  Through a very hands-on approach you will not only gain incredible insight into the mind of the horse but you will learn Anna’s secrets to creating a trust-based partnership with your horse and get the results you maybe have only dreamed of. 

And while you are learning these invaluable tools, you will also be enjoying the scenic beauty, the amazing accommodations and, of course, the incredible riding of the incomparable Bitterroot Ranch.

While open to anyone, the information is particularly invaluable for healers, animal communicators, prospective horse guardians, horse lovers, riders, trainers, managers, those on a spiritual journey and individuals seeking a deeper relationship with animals as well those seeking additional healing modalities.

Learn More about the Bitterroot Retreat


 

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Have you heard the calling?

Have you heard that still, small voice within saying, “There’s more to life.You are meant for so much more, and you know it! Wake up! Embrace the life you are meant to live!”

The power to create your life of purpose is in your hands. Let the horses show you how to unlock the wisdom and unlimited potential within. If you’ve ever attempted to walk in the footsteps of your destiny, only to feel “lost in the forest” of an unfulfilled life, then let the horses be your guides out of the confusion and the frustration, and into a life of purpose, fulfillment, and wisdom.

In this extraordinary 3-day workshop the horses will help you uncover the missing pieces holding you back. We will get to the very root of what is missing for you and how to fill that hole once and for all, finally creating the life that’s been waiting for you.

This is not just a “get whatever you want in 3-days” seminar.

We will delve deep to discover just what it is that brings true abundance, success, love, and joy to your life, what your Soul’s Purpose is for this lifetime, and how to set that path in motion. Let us facilitate and interpret the wisdom and the lessons of the horses for you. Let us help you tune into your divine guidance, through the horses, to make choices, care for yoursfelf, others, and the world.

Discover and unleash your inner calling for a purpose-driven life. It is closer than you realize and the horses will show you the way.

Ready to Learn More?


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This is a rare opportunity to join Anna for an in-depth Animal Communication Week while staying in one of the most exciting, legendary environments of the American Old West.

It’s also your chance to be immersed in some of the best horseback riding the world has to offer. 

Watch the sun rise and set over the most spectacular desert scenery you will ever see.  Then, in the evening, after a fun-filled day, relax in your cabin while listening to the coyotes calling in the distance.  All if this while Anna takes you on a journey into the world of animal communication.

In this supportive atmosphere you will learn to enhance the animal communication skills you already have (even if you don’t know it!) and share in a fun and rewarding experience.  By learning to tap into and use your innate abilities, you will quickly discover how you too can converse with the animals.

Go West! (or find out more for now)

 

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Frank Bell visits one of Anna’s favourite retreat spots, The White Stallion Ranch, Tuscon, AZ.

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If you want to visit the ranch come have a week of Animal Communication and trail riding with Anna.

This year she will be there November 9th – 16th, 2013, check out the page.

ROTH® has three new unique videos on YouTube!

Anna talking to three animals, both long distance and present.

For the first time Anna is sharing her talent of animal communication. Watch as she gives three sessions to two horses and a dog. Hear what the animals’ humans have to say and what the session meant to them.

For the first time during the White Stallion Ranch Retreat in Arizona, Anna Twinney reveals her personal style of telepathic communication with Monty, a Labrador from the East Coast.  A head-shot image of Monty is all that is needed for the two to connect long distance.  By seeing in pictures, feeling Monty’s emotions and physical discomfort and threading in short sentences Anna acts as Monty’s personal messenger for his soul mate.

Anna Twinney reveals the depth of animal communication through a live connection with Wild Cat, a resident at the White Stallion Ranch in Tucson, Arizona.  Never having met “Cat” before she provides him with a voice in front of the Ranch Retreat participants, wranglers and guests.

An audience gathers at the White Stallion Ranch as Anna demonstrates the wonderful world of Animal Communication with a very special wrangler’s horse chosen from over 100 head of residents at the ranch.  By giving a voice to the voiceless she unravels the mysterious behavior to create a pathway of success.

Learn Talk to the Animals like Dr. Dolittle While on a Dream Riding Vacation!

Animal Communication Dream Ranch Retreat

Date: November 10th – 17th, 2012
Location: White Stallion Ranch, Tucson, AZ

ONLY A FEW SPOTS LEFT!

An Extraordinary Adventure of Riding, Relaxation and Animal Communication

Everyone’s childhood dream!
Join us and learn how to talk to the animals…just like Dr. Doolittle.

This is a rare opportunity to join Anna for an in-depth week of AnimalCommunication while staying in one of the most exciting, legendary environments of the American Old West.
Your chance to be immersed in some of the best horseback riding the world has to offer.

Watch the sun rise and set over the most spectacular desert scenery you will ever see. Then, in the evening, after a fun-filled day, relax in your cabin while listening to the coyotes calling in the distance. All if this while Anna takes you on a journey into the world of animal communication.
Take this special time, learn to listen to nature, to its messages and lessons. Learn to hear the whispers of the animals.

Itinerary:

This clinic is geared towards all animal enthusiasts, guardians, carers, managers, amateurs and professionals alike. It’s designed for anyone who wants to increase their telepathic ability with all species. During the week we will explore “live” communication sessions as well as long distance communication with many different species of the animal kingdom!

Saturday: Arrive in the afternoon.
Sunday: A Full Day of Animal Communication
Sunday: Friday: Mornings – Animal Communication workshop
Afternoons: World class horseback riding
Saturday: Departure after Breakfast

For Animal Communication class details contact info@reachouttohorses.com
Watch our White Stallion Ranch, Animal Communication Dream Retreat YouTube Videos.

Space is limited so register for your favorite location today!