Following the call of the horse, a blind leap of faith took this horsewoman “across the pond" to become recognized by British Royalty and the US Government as one of the premier professionals in the language of the horse. Anna Twinney is a Natural Horsewoman, Equine Behaviorist, International Clinician, Animal Communicator, Healer, Teacher, Speaker, and Coach. She is best known for her authentic communication and connection to heal the hearts of horses and humans alike.
Before anyone had ever heard of equine coaching or therapy, Anna’s journey began as a lifelong horse enthusiast and British police officer looking for a way to bring healing to victims and her fellow officers through the horse-human connection. Her search brought her to California to become a co-creator and the first head instructor of the famous Monty Roberts International Learning Center (MRILC). Realizing her journey was only beginning, Anna left the MRILC to find her own voice, working with and studying wild and untouched horses.
Creator Reach Out to Horses®, a comprehensive international equine behavior and training program, Anna has worked with over 10,000 horses and thousands more horse-lovers, professionals, and competitors. From serving military veterans, celebrities, backyard horse owners and Olympic dressage competitors, to shining a light on the plight of the wild horses, nurse foals, tribal mustangs, PMU industry, and supporting the non-profits who fight for them, Anna has worked with and trained horses and people in countless disciplines and industries.
For more than 20 years, her life’s work has taken her to almost every continent; she teaches and trains all over the U.S., the U.K., Europe, Canada, Central America, Australia, New Zealand, Asia, Africa and more. Most recently, Anna was engaged by the Beijing AQHA as the first featured female demonstrator, she coached the Chinese Endurance team in Mongolia, worked with equine-assisted-learning programs in Singapore, and filmed with the FEI in Morocco (just to name a few highlights).
While the exploration into the silent and secret language of the horses takes Anna through global gateways, gentling a thousand wild mustangs and talking to horses telepathically has given her an impeccable reputation to capture their whisper. Anna’s life’s work is expansive, with an Equine Training Certification program sought after by novices and professionals alike. She is the creator of over a dozen DVDs, author of books, and mastermind behind multiple online mentorship programs, and she continues to develop and teach cutting-edge methodologies both online and at her new home, Whispering Feather Farm, in Mill Spring, NC.
Anna’s 2021 Presentations
Whoa instead of go -
Natural Horsemanship takes a virtual twist as International Horse Whisperer, Anna Twinney, brings the Reach Out to Horses methods straight to you and your beloved equines. Go here to learn more about 101 Things To Do With Your Horse online platform: https://reachouttohorses.mykajabi.com...
Can you teach your horse to actually slow down and help an imbalanced rider? What about helping someone who is falling off? And you say we can do this before ever getting on their back? Oh YES! You don't have to be the first rider up! Let Anna and Hermes show you the use of a homemade dummy can save your ... behind... when it's time for having a rider up! For tools featured in this video, see our links below: Long Lines can be found here: http://www.reachouttohorses.com/nhtra...
Spook Busting at Liberty -
While many programs choose to spook-bust or desensitize horses held on a line or even tied, internationally renowned Horse Whisperer, Anna Twinney, takes a different approach: spook busting at liberty.
When we spook-bust our horses at liberty with the Reach Out to Horses methods, we have to really consider the savvy of our ability to read our horses. We can't insist that they stay with us. We can't control their ability to leave. We have to reflect on the speed at which we are moving, the energy we bring into the exercise, and the intention with which we approach our horses.
As always, asking good questions is more important than thinking we have all the answers. We open ourselves up to where there is room for improvement, look at the questions that we may need to seek answers to, and we discover where we can look to our horse to be the guide to finding some of these answers.
Is your horse going into flight? Are they being flooded? Are they looking to you for guidance? Is your body language clear and are you able to communicate in order to help them? Can you get forward motion? Are you being safe? How do they feel about the object you are desensitizing them to? How do you know?
Patience, effective energy management, accurately reading our horses, and clear communication are all key to success at this exercise. Please, be safe, watch the kick zone, have fun, and remember to keep calm and spook-bust on!
For horsemanship tools utilized in this video, follow the link below:
The Long Lines can be found here: http://www.reachouttohorses.com/nhtraining.html#lline
Free Style Jumping -
When internationally renowned Horse Whisperer and Equine behaviorist, Anna Twinney, works horses, she knows that giving them time and space is an important first step in the trust-building practice. Letting our horses explore our workspace, also known as the process of familiarization, is an integral part in any work we do in any given space (round pen or arena). In this video, move through the paces as Anna and the boys (Hermes and Saber) delve into free-jumping and the clarity of communication that is required.
Bring into your awareness the critical importance of the ability to focus on the praise, the “thank you's” that are so nevessary in our work with our horses, figure out where they shine, where their strengths and talents are, and build on those in order to move forward in lighthearted fun!
As Anna will tell you, how we do anything is how we do everything, so when we focus on the positives and keep our work light and fun for our horses, they, too, will want to be involved in their own play and learning along with us.
For horsemanship tools featured in this video and media resources, follow the links below:
The Long Lines can be found here: http://www.reachouttohorses.com/nhtraining.html#lline
To explore more about communicating clearly with your horse in the Round Pen, go here: https://reachouttohorses.mykajabi.com/products/de-mystifying-the-round-pen-video-vol-2
Ground-Driving Obstacle Course -
Internationally renowned Horse Whisperer, Anna Twinney, will tell you that being out in the world with your horse is the proving ground for your trust-based partnership. And in order to ensure their safety and our own, before we take them out, we want to make sure that we can effectively navigate obstacles as a team, rather than in the old- fashioned style of a dictatorship. The Obstacle Course can become the means by which we can achieve just this. At Reach Out to Horses, we incorporate things that go above, below, and maybe even beyond your previous imaginings for what would make a good obstacle!
On the obstacle course, we discover our horse's learning styles, how he handles or copes with anxiety and fear, and what his response might be to overwhelm in the future. We also teach our horse that he can rely on us, that he need not fear seeking us out in times of uncertainty. The way in which we approach the obstacle course with our horses lays the foundation for how we proceed into the world together as a team.
As always, be safe, be creative, be sure to capture the whisper in your horse and you'll be amazed to watch obstacles transform into opportunities right before your very eyes!
The Dually Halter can be found here: http://www.reachouttohorses.com/nhtraining.html#dually
The 14' Lead Rope can be found here: http://www.reachouttohorses.com/nhtraining.html#lrope
And the Long Lines can be found here: http://www.reachouttohorses.com/nhtraining.html#lline
Spook-Busting From The Saddle -
Internationally renowned Horse Whisperer, Anna Twinney, found herself on a trail ride recently with a good friend and her friend’s stunningly quiet four-year-old mare. They both agreed how warm it was as her friend began to pull an arm from one of her sleeves and Anna saw the expression on the little mare’s face coupled with the immediate tension in all of her muscles and she told her friend to hold up. She was innocently removing her jacket while aboard, but what she had failed to do was any spook busting on the ground. Finding herself in the dangerous situation of being unbalanced, reins dropped, and only having one available arm, this surely would have resulted in disaster had we not read her horse and how she was handling the stimulus, or rather, not handling the new stimulus.
The true measure of how well we have done with spook busting our horses is taking it up and into the saddle, and across their head and over their back. For horses, predators from above are a very real threat, and so allowing us to add different stimuli from the position of being on their back is a very real test of the work we have done on the ground. There are also other spook busting lessons in this program, such as lessons 5, 10, and 51, to name a few. Please remember the concept of shaping (breaking it down into understandable, friendly, force-free, digestible steps without inducing flight, fight or freeze) as you take on spook busting and remember to work somewhere safe, and with another person if you can. Always watch your horse's eye and body language to be sure to capture the whisper and trust your gut when it's telling you to go back a step or to go slower. In horsemanship, slow is fast and sometimes we have to go backward to go forward, so take your time and make sure your equine partner is on board before you jump in the tack with a parachute or flag.