Testimonials are in from the Reiki Healing Horses at Bitterroot Ranch Retreat

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A lovely time had by all, as is obvious based on all the smiles!  Share in the testimony that is the ROTH and Ann Twinney experience!

Laura Z. of Golden, CO

“This has been the most transformative experience.  I had no idea what to expect and was challenged, pushed past my comfort zone, and I am anxious to see how my new perspective carries out once I return home.”

 

Siri Y. of Brynsvegen, Norway

“I enjoyed every minute!”

 

Carol P.H. of Poway, CA

“It was a life-changing experience.  The Bitterroot Ranch is magical.  Anna is a very caring person and it comes out in her training.  Interacting with the horses is wonderful.  They love Reiki and give back as much as they receive.”

 

Suzette B. of Pasadena, CA

“The Reach Out to Horses Clinic included liberty and ground work with horses, and Reiki (direct, long distance, and for horses), as well as trail riding at the beautiful Bitterroot Ranch.  The highlights for me were the life lessons and the liberty work, where I learned not to plan so much and allow for a conversation with the horses.  And the ground work where I got to meet and groom a wonderful 2-year-old horse.”

 

Asha W. of Longmont, CO

“A truly magical experience.”

 

Katrina S. of West Granby, CT

“This time at the Bitterroot Ranch with Anna was one of the most wonderful times of my life.  It was truly magical.  I can’t wait to share my new self.”

 

Chuck H. of Ridgefield, CT

“A life-changing experience that was full of challenges yet rewarding beyond imagination for the mind, body, and soul.”

 

Heather, L.H. Of CO Springs

“There are no words to express my experience this week.  Truly life transforming.  This was my second clinic with Anna and I know I am changed again:  The horses, the healing, the passion, the bonding, and the life lessons – Truly amazing.”

 

Nancy M. of Green Bay, WI

“Powerful transformations with not only yourself but your horse/animals.  Let Anna guide you on this magical journey of awakening.”

Love you, XXOO”

 

Catherine H.  of Ridgefield, CT

“Anna Twinney’s Healing Horses Workshop has been the experience of a lifetime.  It has expanded my heart and increased my confidence with horses.  Our group bonded quickly and I feel I have formed friendships that will continue to grow.”

 

Thanks to all the participants who joined Anna on this lovely retreat and blessings as they go back out into the world with a new perspective on life and what they can do to support all those in their lives with Reiki!

 

 

 

 

 

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6 Untouched Paso Fino Horses to be gentled at this year’s clinic, and you could gentle one of them!

While our minds tend to think of Mustangs when we hear a horse called ‘untouched,’ there are plenty of horses out there who don’t fall under Mustangs, but are indeed untouched. And that’s what we have this year; 6 untouched Paso Finos!

This rescue is indeed a rare circumstance; it’s not every day you have dozens of untouched well bred Paso Finos! From Cuerno Grande, WY these lucky horses have had a woman, Vicki Olson, who has taken on the feat of finding homes for each of them.

Enter ROTH!

We, already, had four Mustangs lined up and when we heard this herd’s story we knew how we would fill the remaining six! After all it is the “Untouched Horse Clinic.”

And aren’t you lucky? Two participant spots have opened up!

Never before have we had an Untouched Clinic go without a waiting list, but the universe has shuffled some lives and made a clear path to learn from the masters themselves!

Was the universe clearing this path for you?!

Visit the ROTH webiste to learn more!

We couldn’t be more proud of Michaele Dimock, ROTH Trainer Student!

Photo By RAYMOND HILLEGAS
Photo By RAYMOND HILLEGAS

This article in The Cody Enterprise By BUZZY HASSRICK featured our very own Michaele Dimock!

Michaele is part of the up and coming Train the Trainer class, and her passion for the mustangs is really shining thru! We look forward to seeing what this advocate will do next.

Training wild horses: Woman committed to finding homes for mustangs she fosters

Michaele Dimock describes herself as an “equine eccentric,” or horse lover, as evidenced partly by the number of wild horses she’s adopted.

Her dozen or so mustangs join Belgians, Fjords, Icelandics and quarter horses lucky enough to live on her lower South Fork ranch. She drives the Belgians as teams pulling antique wagons and rides the other horses in dressage or on mountain trails.

“As a 5-year-old, I loved horses,” Dimock said. “I took lessons every chance I got.” As a child she also helped with pony rides.

As an adult, Dimock is studying to become an instructor certified by Anna Twinney of Golden, Colo., an internationally renowned equine specialist. Twinney will visit Dimock’s ranch for the sixth time this summer and conduct two clinics, one on “untouched-horses” for a week and the other on holistic horsemanship for two weeks (see reachouttohorses.com).

For the first untouched-horse clinic in 2010, Dimock acquired 10 mustangs to provide one horse per student. The first two mustangs she obtained through an online adoption, where “it’s not hard to win a bid,” she noted.

She drove to Rock Springs in February to pick up the two McCullough Peaks mares – Corona, a buckskin, and Topa, a black-and-white paint. They foaled, respectively, Tango and India. She also selected two others, St. Patty, a bay, and Niagara, a gray. The latter was admired and later adopted by a Casper friend of Dimock.

That April at an auction in Powell, she chose Caliente, Topa’s daughter from the year before and India’s full sister.

“I wanted to reunite some family,” said Dimock, who’s bothered by the separation of bands that occurs during BLM roundups. “In my own little way, I reunited a daughter with her sister and mother.”

She also adopted Kismet and then bid on a horse among the group left unclaimed at auction’s end, offering $25 for Kitkat, a black mare.

“She looks just like her sire,” said Dimock, who has studied the extensive records kept by BLM.

A BLM official asked Dimock to adopt a horse named Raven, whose owner no longer wanted him. She renamed him Radar.

“Of all the mustangs, Radar has had the most difficult time adapting to his new, domestic environment and, unfortunately, has become a cribber as a result,” she said. “Sometimes it’s hard on these horses.”

Dimock is committed to placing the mustangs she fosters for the Twinney clinics.

“It’s my personal passion to help them learn skills in basic handling and then find them homes so they don’t have to be returned to the Rock Springs holding facility,” she said.

Of the 10 mustangs fostered in 2010, Dimock placed seven through word of mouth and Facebook postings, and with clinic participants who had become enamored with their equine students. She adopted the remainder.

“I’d rather see them left on the range and the population controlled,” she said, to avoid the stress of roundups and holding facilities. “I would like people to consider them as a wonderful horse you can develop trust in.”

The mustangs are good on the range, mountain-savvy and level-headed, in her opinion.

“You can develop a special bond when you take the time to work with a mustang,” Dimock added. She spends time with her mustangs between clinics, documenting their progress with each milestone they reach.

Teaching a wild horse to accept human touch can take 1-3 days, but “once you get to that point, it just takes off,” she said. Early lessons include grooming, haltering, hoof-handling and leading. Next come bathing, “spook-busting” through exposure to blankets and flags, and an obstacle course through which they’re led or herded. Finally they’re led by a rider.

“It’s so easy for them,” Dimock said. “Each step builds on the last one. There’s no fear or worry. It’s trust-based.”

The Twinney clinics are matchless because they’re based on communication, “the language of equus,” she added. “When you learn how to read a horse, you can react appropriately.”

The public is invited to watch the clinics Aug. 12-31 for the price of a donation to Friends of a Legacy, the nonprofit advocacy group for the McCullough Peaks mustangs.

Thanks for the words of praise, Laverna!

Hi, Anna and Vin,

Great newsletter!  Very professional and moving at the same time. Congratulations to you both.  I look forward to your greeting cards and seeing the photos you choose.

The Ledger Legend brought tears to my eyes and gratitude that he is such a great teacher. He brings hope and faith.  I appreciate that he talked to me at the AC class in Nov. And thanks to Ollie for that day, too.

The Bitterroot pictures brought back sweet memories.  Think I will go to CHR tomorrow and spend some time with horses in addition to chores.

I am off of stall-rest on Wednesday and eager to get back to doing things again.  I am touched that you wanted to know how things went. The Reiki session was great in helping me through the procedure.  And my knee has been feeling great!