"When we open our hearts and minds to the beauty of horses...you find a path to authenticity." Anna Twinney explains that by understanding the "Language of Equus" there can be many endings to that sentence. What would yours be? Anything is possible.
Anna Twinney, founder of Reach Out to Horses, Natural Horsemanship Clinician and Trainer has many talents. Just to name a few, she is an Animal Communicator and Reiki Master. Ms. Twinney began to explore horsemanship with Monty Roberts at Flag Is Up Farms. During her time at Flag Is Up Farms and in her own journey as a horsewoman, she began to see the horse language in a different way. She wanted to take these methods of communicating and training horses on the road, "my hope and dream was to take this to people that couldn't afford to travel to us." The idea for Reach out to Horses was born. After six years working at Flag Is Up Farms and two years of training wild horses, Ms. Twinney took to the road and has been traveling since 2005.
Ms. Twinney is internationally respected and regularly travels throughout the United States and Europe. Last year I had the opportunity to watch Ms. Twinney at the Denver Rocky Mountain Horse Expo. During her demonstrations and educational sessions I was impressed as she worked her magic with horses she had never met. There are no words to explain the communication that you can see between her and the horse.
Recently, after traveling and working for six weeks straight, she came home to hundreds of emails. The teaching, coaching and training is her dream job. The "behind the scenes" stuff is what she finds difficult about her work. Regularly connecting with people in South America and Dubai is amazing for her, but the computer work does get overwhelming.
How about the new baby, Joseph? "He is doing well, but now that we are back in Golden, (Colorado) he needs to be on oxygen because he isn't used to the change in altitude." Ms. Twinney shares her secret to managing family life and her busy life with horses - "with a fabulous husband!" Ms. Twinney says, "Vin is the backbone of the business." With the new baby she has had to adjust her schedule, "a little give" she says, "but a good give." The best parts of her day are being able to see Josephs smile in the morning and before bed.
For other women trying to start and manage a business or find a presence in the horse industry, she gives the following advice; "be at the top of your game and never settle for second best. Gain experience in your field and find balance in your heart and mind. Most of all follow your dreams and your passions." Ms. Twinney explains that she finds balance by connecting to the spirit or to God through nature, "nature is my religion."
A quote that has brought Ms. Twinney forward during the last fifteen years and sits as a reminder on her desk is from Marianne Williamson. "Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, 'Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?' Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others."
Learned from experience, Ms. Twinney wants to pass on a message from horses to the horse community, "honor your word" and "listen to the whisper." Now that you know a little more about who Anna Twinney is, visit her website at www.reachouttohorses.com to learn more about Reach out to Horses and for information about her clinics, courses and services.
How would I end that sentence? "When we open our hearts and minds to the beauty of horses" ...we are enlightened to possibilities that we never before imagined.
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