“Life-changing” doesn’t even quite cut it…. Insights of a ROTH student post a trans-formative HHC experience.

Emily P. is one of our ROTH students who attended the HHC in 2016 and she wrote about her experience here with Anna and the other ROTH students who took part in the Holistic Horse Certification Course:

“It’s written in gratitude and is just a brief reflection on the two-week course and its continuing ripple effects on my life and path.”

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It’s the kind of magic you don’t realize has fallen around you until you pull out of it. When you pull out of it, your body feels strange and alone and kind of tingly because without realizing it, you had molded to a space, and all the human people, and non-human people, shared energies, excitements, dreams, and the fears that composed it.

“Life-changing” doesn’t even quite cut it. The horses and humans that I got to learn from over the past weeks held space for me to step into myself in a way I hadn’t before; they made it safe to do so. They illuminated a path that I had been too afraid, or confused, or perhaps just not ready to see clearly before now. At first, our group felt to me like a bunch of overeager, slightly clumsy dancers attempting to learn rhythm (which we were literally trying to do as this is not just a metaphor – Elaine’s specialty is getting stiff and nervous hips to loosen up). But we managed to choreograph the beginning of something – certainly not a masterpiece yet – but we felt it, those opening beats.

For me, it always comes back to connection – the thick, full, rich, recognition between two beings; the I am here, I am with you, I hear you, I love you.  It is absolute presence, and the courage to fully give yourself to someone else, even for a moment.

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This is what horses give me, and this is what I feel is missing from much of human society. We are terrified to recognize each other, to be present with each other, to let ourselves be seen and not shy away from who we are. Without that, things quickly become – to use one of Anna’s phrases – rather pear shaped. The general feeling I get living in the United States right now is that as a society we are tripping over ourselves trying to achieve more and be better and control everything, terrified to stop and look at ourselves in the face, terrified to be present, terrified to wait for anyone else but ourselves. We carve out and deepen a significant void in the world when we forget how to connect.

I was doing a lot of this in the month leading up to this course – a lot of over-planning my life, trying to set up five career paths in my head because the uncertainty ahead of me is so terrifying, a lot of zooming around avoiding fear and loneliness and refusing to trust the universe in the face of so much unknown.

The horses made this very clear to me as soon as I got to the horse. I was nervous the first few days, anxious to prove myself. There are a few moments and horses that stood out in particular along the way. Lola showed me how powerful I could be when I stepped out of my anxiousness and into the immediate experience of being with her. She was difficult to catch, so I had to slow my pace, wait for her to reach out to me. I remember my breath slowing down, and I remember staying with her in the round pen, in the quiet elasticity we’d developed before I’d haltered her, and forgetting about everyone watching me for the first time. Stepper was an incredibly kind teacher as well; I was viscerally moved by his triggers (flinching every time someone raised an arm to the side of him, particularly on the left) and so touched by the softness in his eyes despite the abuse he so clearly remembered.

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Image of Emily and Stepper

On the last day, before our exams, I was walking around Zuma’s, knowing I really needed to show up – for myself, for my teachers and peers, but especially for the horses. I was listening to music in my headphones, letting out the self-doubt I’d been fighting against and replacing it with fresh air. My walk changed, and I began to laugh at myself for all the fear and self-scrutiny, because I had accessed something so much deeper, a fierce determination that will carry me through life and a gratitude for this sudden feeling of connection. My mind moved to Captain, and I was full of excitement to spend an hour with him, because I really believed again that I had something to offer, that I had love, fun, leadership and energy to share with him. And I went into his pasture full of this excitement just to be with him, to discover him, and we both showed up. And he gave me himself, he played, we heard each other, and we choreographed a space together in which I forgot about everything else.

And nothing replaces that feeling. Nothing in the world.

Horses are incredibly rhythmic beings. Their cerebellums, which control movement, are much larger than humans’, and their ability to move in harmony with the other beings around them is unparalleled. If there is one reason I have kept returning to horses over and over, it is this; whenever I feel off-kilter in my life, or out of balance with myself, horses bring me back into rhythm – literally, as I find myself moving from a more centered place, and also emotionally and spiritually. They also challenge me to adapt to the rhythms and perceptions of the other beings around me, not just my own. Perhaps this is why I have never felt anything quite as expansive as working with horses, and my desire to learn from them will never be satiated.

Thank you, Anna and Elaine, for widening my access to and understanding of the world of Equus a thousand fold.

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We certainly look forward to seeing Miss Emily again on our courses as she enjoys the present moment in time and engages all the other souls around the way in which only she can, the humans and the non-humans 😉   We love you, Emily!

 

ROTH at Home in Colorado

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Dear Colorado and surrounding area’s friends,
We’ve put together our upcoming events, courses and clinics taking place here at home, simply click on the event  link below that you are most interested in (or all of them, we don’t want to limit you) to learn more about them and register! We can’t wait to see you at an upcoming event!
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Learn More about RMSAAM’s Weekend

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Find out more about how you can join

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Join Anna for the day and learn more…

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Join us at Mounting Miracles Ranch

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Join Anna for 3 days of Liberty Magic

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Learn more about Horse Whispering and how you can be a part!

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Learn more about joining Anna in Lafayette

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Find out how you can learn the valuable principles of starting and beyond…

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Join us for this year’s HHC III

For any additional information or if you have questions please feel free to contact us at either 303-642-7341 or info@reachouttohorses.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The 2017 ROTH Calendar is Here!

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 The Places You Can Go with ROTH 
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Animal Communication, Energy Healing and Horses,
Costa Rica
For More information Contact: Nancy
kindredconnectionscr@gmail.com
011-506-8703-1561
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Healing Horses at the Historic Bitterroot Ranch
A Unique Reach Out to Horses® Program! Become a certified Reiki Practitioner Level I & II: 4th – 11 , Reiki Master: 3rd-11th while attending a tailor-made Reach Out to Horses® clinic.
Bitterroot Ranch, Dubois,
Wyoming
Accommodations:
Hadley Long-Fox
bitterrootranch@wyoming.com
(800) 545-0
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Animal Communication
Dream Retreat
White Stallion Ranch, Tucson, 
Arizona
Contact: Reach Out to Horses
info@reachouttohorses.com 
For Accommodation
Contact: Carol Moore
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January 24 & 26                                                 

Animal Communication Mentorship Program
Online or In Person
Tier One: Home Study
Tier Two: Starts January 24th
Tier Three: Starts March 18th
(Comprehensive Mentorship Program Including All Previous Webinars)
February 24-26th                                                  

Watsonville, California | Pregnant Mare Rescue
February 24th: Introduction to Animal Communication
February 25-26: Animal Communication Weekend: 
Exploring Animal Communication with Rescue Animals and Animals As Our Soulmates. 
March 18th and 19th                                           
Elizabeth, Colorado
Animal Communication Weekend – Live vs Distance Consultation
Rocky Mountain School of Animal Acupressure and Massage
RMSAAM
Contact: Jenny – (303) 660-9390
information@rmsaam.com
March 18th – 23rd                                             

Elizabeth, Colorado | Reach Out Ranch
Animal Communication LIVE Mentorship Program – Week 1
March 20th – 23rd                                             
Elizabeth, Colorado | Reach Out Ranch
Four Day Animal Communication Class
April 20th                                                     

Fall City, WA
An Evening of Animal Communication
The Northwest Natural Horsemanship Center, 
Jim “Hutch” Hutchins
nwnhc@nwnhc.com
425-222-3623
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June 22nd                                                        
Kalispell, Montana
An Evening of Animal Communication
For Location & Accommodations
information contact Nancy at:
nancyhorne@centurytel.net

or call (406) 756-2327
December 8th-13th                                               

Elizabeth, Colorado | Reach Out Ranch
Animal Communication Live Mentorship Program – Week 2
December 9th-12th                                              
Elizabeth, Colorado | Reach Out Ranch
4-Day Advanced Animal Communication Class
Contact: Vincent Mancarella
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April 21st – 23rd                                                
Fall City, Washington | The Northwest Natural Horsemanship Center
3-Day Intuitive Riding
SOLD OUT! Auditing Spots Available
Jim “Hutch” Hutchins
nwnhc@nwnhc.com

425-222-3623
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June 17th & 18th                                                
Broomfield, Colorado | TBA
2-days of Horsemanship with Anna
Confident Horse, Confident Rider
Joan Matteo
Contact: Vincent Mancarella at
June 23rd – 25th                                                 
Kalispell, Montana
3-Day Intuitive Riding with Anna Twinney
For Location & Accommodations
information contact Nancy at:
nancyhorne@centurytel.net
or call (406) 756-2327 
June 30th – July 2nd                                             

Vermont ~ TBA
3-Day Intuitive Riding with Anna Twinney
Contact Kristen Mason for more information
reininghopeaeaat.com
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September 10th – 22nd                                         
East Haddam, Connecticut | Ray of Light Farm
ROTH 2-week Holistic Horsemanship CERTIFICATION course – Section 1
Contact: Ray of Light Farm
Email: info@rayoflightfarm.org 
or call (860) 873-1895
September 26th – October 8th                                     
Littleton, Colorado | Zuma’s Rescue Ranch
Contact: Vincent Mancarella at 
info@reachouttohorses.com
Location: Zuma’s Rescue Ranch
info@zumasrescueranch.com
(303) 346-7493
October 24th – 30th                                              
Littleton, Colorado | Zuma’s Rescue Ranch
7 Day ROTH Trainers Exams
Contact: Vincent Mancarella at
Location: Zuma’s Rescue Ranch
info@zumasrescueranch.com
(303) 346-7493
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May 22nd – 27th                                                

 Littleton, Colorado |Happy Dog Ranch
Horse Whispering 101
with ROTH Certified Instructor Elaine Ackerly
Contact: Vincent Mancarella at info@reachouttohorses.com
Location: Happy Dog Ranch
happydogranch.org 
(303) 915-8531
July 24th – 30th                                                
Littleton, Colorado |Zuma’s Rescue Ranch
Colt Starting 101
Contact: Vincent Mancarella at info@reachouttohorses.com
Location: Zuma’s Rescue Ranch
info@reachouttohorses.com
(303) 346-7493
August 5th – 11th                                               
Bend, Oregon |Warm Springs Horse Network
Foal Gentling the ROTH Way
Contact: Katie Dixon renegade.equine@gmail.com
(802) 222-1163
August 14th – 20th                                              

TBA
Reach Out to the Untouched Horse:
A week with the wild ones
August 26th – September 1st                                   
Green Valley, Arizona |Equine Voices Rescue and Sanctuary
Simple Solutions:
A week of Advanced Horsemanship with Anna Twinney
Contact: Vincent Mancarella at info@reachouttohorses.com
Location: 
Equine Voices Rescue & Sanctuary, Tucson, AZ
(520) 398-2814
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March 6th                                                       
Golden, Colorado | Jefferson Co. Fairgrounds | 7:30pm
In Partnership with Horses. 
Horses as Our Coaches, Messengers and Healers
A Presentation at the Jefferson County Horse Council
Contact: Andrea Raschke
www.jeffcohorse.com
March 9th-12th                                                 

Denver, Colorado | National Western Complex
The Rocky Mountain Horse Expo
                                             
April 8th                                                      
Glade Park, Colorado | Steadfast Steeds
Holistic Horse Day
April 15th                                                     
Broomfield, Colorado | TBD
Holistic Horse Day
Joan Matteo
Contact: Vincent Mancarella at info@reachouttohorses.com
April 28th-30th                                                 

Centennial, Colorado | Friends of Horses Rescue
3-Day ROTH Liberty Clinic Event
Contact: Vin Mancarella for course details at info@reachouttohorses.com
Location: Friends of Horses
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Contact Bill Stiffler
whstiffler@msn.com
June 29th                                                     

Vermont (location TBA)
Holistic Horse Day
Contact Kristen Mason for More Information
reininghopeaeaat.com
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Thankful Tidings: A Holiday Salute to our Students and Followers

 

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What they undertook to do They brought to pass; All things hang like a drop of   dew Upon a blade of grass.
~ Lewis Carroll~

WHERE IN THE WORLD IS ANNA?

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’Tis the time of year to celebrate and reflect the recent months watching our global ROTH HHC participants graduate the  horse whispering certification program with each and everyone wearing their “I survived ROTH” t-shirts with such pride.  We celebrated the graduation of four tremendously dedicated and talented ROTH trainers who came to CO from NM, CA, Denmark and Germany to return to their respective homes to represent us triumphantly!  Each and every journey unique as they discovered their gifts and talents in support of horses globally.  Today we offer you the same chance to witness the appreciation, joy and wonders we share.  These are magical moments captured as we attract people who seek their true life’s purpose and discover them selves, their voice and their dreams in the process.  

I want to know more about this certification!

ANNA IN THE NEWS:

Truly honored and humbled to see myself (ROTH) on the news in Morocco! Strange and exciting to see another language in another alphabet scroll under clips featuring my visit and courses there. 

Did you miss our Morocco visit?

 

In Partnership:

A year ago, we were delighted to be a part of the launch of Horse Lifestyle TV, (think Netflix for horse people). This beautiful video is in celebration of the one year anniversary of this fantastic addition to the lives of horse lovers everywhere. We are happy to be a part of this service!

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ASK ANNA:

Video answers to ongoing questions

1. We are often presented with questions about horses who have suffered traumatic beginnings or events and how it relates into their behavior, meet Sparrow.
2. We reintroduce the idea of ponying to help youngsters ease more comfortably into their new roles.
3.  Finally, a fantastic example of the trainer circuit buzz word “desensitize” (we prefer positive terms like adapt and adjust). While introducing objects is fairly straightforward, it’s tougher to arrange for horses to any hear noisy environments they might encounter. We can’t recommend the Spook Busting CD series enough and they make great Christmas gifts!
Ponying as a valuable lesson during colt starting and beyond! 
Sound spookbusting: Moving horses from concern into coping…
CONNECTIONS MATTER:
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I am overdue from my self imposed timeline to tell you about the 2nd of my three heroes by the new year, that would be Anna Twinney of Reach Out to Horses/ Anna Twinney Holistic HorsemanshipAnimal Communication with Anna Twinney.
In 2013, I adopted 3 “Mustangs” – TNT, Muppet, and Jethro – from a rescue in No CA, Hooves and Angels – I had never owned a horse before, let alone 3 that were not really gentled. The challenge of these 3 horses mirrored the challenges of my life at the time and it was overwhelming. I went to Reach Out to Horses website and found a buried link to buy 12 remote training sessions w Anna. I think she was taken by surprise and I believe was saying to herself “WTF did this woman get herself into?”
However, she took charge and took me on to train…I watched all of her training DVDs and for the next 6 months I would video tape my assignments w each horse, edit them, and then 1-2 times a week, Anna would spend 1-2 hours going over every single move, look, and nuance of energy of me with each of my three horses, critiquing and training me – major success! Over the next 2 years I went to several of her workshops and also completed all 3 of her Holistic Horsemanship Certification courses. The most beloved clinic w Anna was the clinic in which we gentled orphaned untouched foals –I adopted my fabulous 3 mo old colt, DJ from this clinic.
I can honestly say that Anna turned me into someone who can develop a deep relationship with horses and am comfortable handling and working with any and all of them.
Anna then went on to speak to all of my animals through Animal Communication over several months.
And because of all the things I was personally going through at the time, she brought me out of the murky mud I was stuck in. ~ Val, Arizona
KIDS CORNER
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STUDENT SUCCESS
Student? Family? Who can tell the difference?
We are very proud of our newest Certified ROTH Instructor, Elaine Ackerly!  It has been a road full of trials and tribulations, heartache and pain, joy and exuberation.  We have watched her grow into a confident and competent instructor of the language of Equus and the ROTH methodologies.  Her desire to make the world a better place for all horses is only surpassed by her giant heart and the love she has for our equine companions. We would welcome her into the ROTH family but she’s been an invaluable member for many years already.  We wish her the very best as she spreads her wings and fulfills her destiny.  

Elaine writes: Although you have taught me a great many things outside of horsemanship, and one of those that is most apparent is my improved writing skills; I can’t seem to write anything at this time in gratitude.
Where would one begin? 
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THROUGH THE EYES OF ONE VIEWER: THE INTUITIVE RIDING EXPERIENCE
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If you asked me what I believed a good horseman to be when I was ten, I would have said someone who could ride their horse in a halter.  If you’d asked me when I was sixteen, I would have said someone who could ride a high-performance horse in a halter, mostly because I’d never seen that.  If you asked when I was twenty, I would have said someone who is gentle and who can get the most out their horse without resulting to physical abuse.  If you’d asked me when I was thirty, I would have said first of all I’m twenty-eight, and …

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Join Anna for Part of Stepper’s Journey Through Rehabilitation After His Rescue

If you had the privilege of joining us at Zuma’s Rescue Ranch for the Trainer’s Day in October, you probably saw Stepper, who was showcased during the second half of the day and who was handled by ROTH Certified Trainer, Liv Bjerre.  He was a little nervous with the crowd and the speakers, but with patience and compassion for his situation he has been coming around.  Anna found a lovely home for him that day and she continues to support them in their journey together as they learn about each other and how to communicate effectively.  Below are some videos as an update on his progress and Anna shares her invaluable wisdom, as always, in her life-long effort to support the horses and the people who love them.  Enjoy!

We do what you do…is a statement I hear all the time. Many round pen, but few understand the intricacies of the language of the horse, how to ask and not tell, how to listen and not speak, how to feel and be felt, how to put an intention behind an action, how to materialize a thought and how to tie it all together so that it becomes a flowing conversation without force, fear, or dominance. This is the art of reading a horse so to be able to impart first impressions, get to know one another, establish a mutually trusting relationship and discover who we have become and why that may be. We all have choices as to who we wish to be in this world and yet many fail the horses in their care. Allow this majestic, sensitive draft horse to share his story today through a non-verbal language at liberty and listen as I interpret his actions for you – a process made to appear easy. Recently returned from a failed adoption, rescued and re-rescued…now it’s time for Stepper to manifest the home of his dreams and this is just the beginning.

Once a gentle, innocent soul, Stepper found himself with a guardian who saw his potential and simply over faced him. Changing a dressage aid into a tool of terror he found himself at the end of the road of life before he was brought home and rescued for a 2nd time. Through patience and a kind assessment, it became clear just how much they had intimidated this gentle giant to the point of self defense. This was all about to change…as he embarked on a course in ROTH.

An initial conversation at liberty established a fundamental trust-based partnership, a mutual understanding and clarity around one another’s body-language nuances (part I). Advancing into ground-driving allowed for a deeper exploration of this rescued soul, providing a solid foundation to base our training program. Each step of the way his voice and needs heard and taken into consideration. Listen to the commentary to gain a greater understanding of the unspoken liaison between horse and handler.

Holistic Horse Course Part 1 as Seen Through the Eyes of Student, Lani Salisbury.

With a stringent week of Holistic Horsemanship Courses under foot, some fun and smiles must be had.  Join our students of HHC 1 as they find time to be goofy and light hearted.  Watch a wonderful video composed by one of our youngest-ever course students, Lani Salisbury.  Great job, Lani, in capturing the lighter side of what we do here at ROTH while encompassing the entire Holistic Horsemanship experience.

Enjoy!

“In a world where you can be anything, be kind.”

Maya and sunshine.jpgOn January 1, 2015-New Year’s Day-a family of horses including two young fillies, were rescued from the Sunnyside Lot in Washington State. At that time, I was the Equine Program Director at Zuma’s Rescue Ranch and remember hearing about the “ponies” and the details on several of them coming to Colorado to find their forever homes. Due to many unexpected circumstances, including respiratory sickness, gelding, and homes falling through, they did not make it to Colorado in early 2015 as planned.

In August, 2015 I relocated to Oregon and received a call from Zuma’s Rescue Ranch stating that the father, Zumba, and the filly sisters were now located at a rescue in central Oregon. The founder of this rescue had passed away suddenly and the ponies were in desperate need of training to help them find their forever homes. I reached out to the rescue, who was very grateful for support and help with the ponies, and began organizing acquiring panels with which to build training areas. Given the devastating situation at the rescue, I also collaborated with Zuma’s Rescue Ranch on fundraising for dental work for Zumba and two other adult horses on the property.

I met the sisters shortly before finishing my case studies for the Reach Out To Horses® Trainers program, and was thinking they would be great additions to my untouched horse case studies. My plan was to take the next six days to gentle the girls, pushing myself to work a little more quickly than my typical pace. As I discovered during our assessment session, these were not the horses to work with any sort of timeline or agenda. It became clear very quickly that the girls had experienced a lot of trauma in their short lives.

The younger sister, later named Sunshine, was wearing a halter when I met her, but not on her terms as she was not yet gentled. When we began, she would interact with me for short periods of time before getting upset–resulting in ear pinning, teeth baring, and spinning to kick. She was living alone and had been pacing so frequently that she had dug herself a hole at one end of her paddock.

The older sister was even more fearful. On our first day of training, she trembled when I stepped into the 40ft round pen she was living in. She lowered her head and would not make eye contact. It took the better part of 20 minutes to gently encourage her to leave the round pen and go into the training area. I placed food into her training area to help provide comfort, and just being in the smaller area with me on the outside became our first “lesson”.

Over the next few months we worked on her claustrophobia, fear of gates clanging and other loud noises, extreme fear of any kind of rope, whip or stick being near her, and tolerating human presence in a confined space. We built up trust and our relationship, with her turning to face me and staying soft when I entered her area, reaching out to my hand for a greeting with her nose, as well as her first touch. During our few months in training at the Oregon rescue, we had powerful communication and healing sessions together, including her sharing with me she would now like to be called “Maya”. This little horse, despite her fear of humans, started to trust me enough to allow some Equine CranioSacral and Reiki from a distance, and she began to communicate with me in short, clear messages. One of our more powerful communication sessions came right before her first touch. Here is the excerpt from her training journal on that day:

 “Tears brought to my eyes today as “sister” accepted her first touch by choice. Moments before our first touch I heard loud and clear in my head, “Namaste,” to which I replied, “Namaste.” There is so much fear in the world for this little horse due to force and violence; yet, she has chosen to trust me on this path. “

—-The spirit in me salutes the spirit in you—

It became clear to me as I worked with these girls, that if they were to make a fully recovery they needed to be much closer to me so we could work together on a daily basis. By networking with another local Oregon rescue, Mustangs To The Rescue (MTTR) and Zuma’s Rescue Ranch in Colorado, we were able to transport Zumba to MTTR to complete his rehabilitation and training. Maya and Sunshine were able to relocate to the property that I am working out of in Bend, Oregon as Renegade Equine.

We fundraised jointly for the materials to build a shelter and the property owners donated boarding costs. Through the generosity of people across the country and funding from Zuma’s Rescue Ranch, Maya and Sunshine’s feed, supplements, and medical needs have been fully sponsored for the last six months.

Once Maya and Sunshine settled in together at Renegade Equine (boy, were they excited to see one another after being separated for several months and living alone), the intensive rehabilitation began in earnest. In addition to my daily training, there have been a few amazing volunteer healers and trainers who have supported their recovery and training. During the winter and spring months we implemented the following to aid in healing both physical and emotional aspects of trauma: Bach Flower Essences in their water 3-4 times per day, customized herbal blends, herbal de-wormers and conventional feed through pelleted de-wormers, clicker training, essential oils, omega 3/6 support, probiotics, natural ulcer treatments, daily whole food mashes, Reach Out To Horses® methodology, Reiki, CranioSacral bodywork, Dynamite Specialty  Products, and region specific vitamin and mineral supplementation.

I attempted to integrate the ponies into my longstanding balanced herd to aid in the whole horse healing process, but unfortunately, Maya became very aggressive with the other horses. The girls are living separately for everyone’s safety.

Around the end of February, I began to notice that Maya was packing feed in her mouth and was unable to chew hard foods easily. By now, Sunshine had been fully gentled and was coming along beautifully. However, even with consistent and compassionate training and a thorough “whole horse” healing approach, Maya was not yet haltered–making it difficult to get her necessary medical treatment. I began discussions with a few mentors and colleagues regarding the ethics of utilizing a chute to help move Maya along so we could get the dental treatment she needed. We decided that if we could build a safe chute, and also train her to be comfortable in it using the methods we were already implementing, that this would be a viable option to help Maya.

Now, I want to say that using a chute is not something I was comfortable with for many reasons, but over time, I was able to talk through my concerns, and create a training plan to keep Maya safe, emotionally and physically.

As luck would have it, my parents were visiting around this time. My dad is very handy and helped turn my ideal chute into a reality. He engineered and built the structure, leaving me to finish the padding for added protection. I worked on getting Maya comfortable in it when it was open, then with walls, then with the front closed while continuing to work with her in a small training area. I had not yet completed the material for our chute, but one day when I got to the barn I kept getting mental pictures of Maya in a halter and they just didn’t stop coming. That day she was exceptional in our sessions together, allowing more touch on more areas of her body then ever before. The next day a healer friend who had been working with the girls consistently came for a session. One of the first things out of her mouth was, “I think you are going to get the halter on today!”

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“Funny you say that… I’ve been getting pictures of the same thing,” I replied. That day we made continued progress in that direction with Maya allowing more work with the rope, movement of the rope, and things near her head than ever before. The following day was magic and in a very short period of time, Maya accepted her first halter.

I had thought I was a patient person, but Maya showed me how much more patient I could become. How much softer I could become. How much more thorough in my horsemanship and holistic care for horses I could become. Maya showed me that my awareness of my intention and body language could be even more fine-tuned, that I could commit myself more than I thought possible, and she helped me bring together a holistic community that I didn’t think was here in Central Oregon. She helped me believe in myself a little bit more, and in return I offered her the same gift… that she could believe in herself a little bit more, and have the courage to trust in the transformation.

I want to thank Zuma’s Rescue Ranch for their continued support of Maya and Sunshine’s care (go to zumasrescueranch.com for more information or to donate to the girls’ ongoing care), Mustangs To the Rescue for their commitment and support of the girls’ sire, Zumba (please visit mustangstotherescue.org) and Reach Out To Horses® (please visit reachouttohorses.com)  for continuing to educate people and advocate for horses.

Please share this story so these beautiful ponies can find their forever homes. For more information on Maya and Sunshine, or Renegade Equine, contact Katie Dixon at renegade.equine@gmail.com or renegadeequine.com.