Magazine Online attended a recent seminar Anna presented at Colorado Horse
Rescue in Boulder County. Colorado Horse Rescue is a non-profit organization
dedicated to providing shelter, emergency relief, care, rehabilitation, and
adoption services for abused, abandoned, neglected and unwanted horses. www.chr.org
During the clinic, Anna lectured and demonstrated how body language can be used to form a communication system between people and horses. Her methods, which are based on trust, are designed to motivate a horse to want to work with a trainer, rather than feeling forced to do so. Participants learn to work with their horse’s minds, not their body mass, and to understand the way horses perceive the world.
Anna helps people understand both horse behavior and herd dynamics. She explains how the way horses learn parallels the way humans learn. She teaches a range of methods, techniques and steps necessary to achieve understanding and trust from early horse/rider training to dressage to show-jumping, polo, long distance riding, racing and western riding. These techniques are designed to help horse owners understand their horse’s needs in order to achieve successful partnerships. Her clinics cover all aspects of horse psychology and range from starting a young horse under saddle through training horses for competition.
Anna is a clinician, coach and animal communicator. Her programs are presented through Reach Out to Horses®, an organization she founded in 2003. It is based in Golden, Colorado.
Anna has taught her techniques in clinics across the United States and in many foreign countries, including: Australia, Canada, Denmark, England, Germany, Holland and Spain. During the month of May, Anna conducted a European tour and ventured into France, Denmark and Sweden.
Her work has been featured on TV, including a segment on Martha Stewart's Living, The Horse Whisperer, and the BBC fly on the wall documentary, Living in the Sun. In 2007 Reach Out to Horses® episodes will appear on the Horse TV Channel throughout the United States. Anna has also written articles for a variety of national and international equine-related magazines.
Anna brings a wealth of knowledge to her clinics, drawing on a life-time of equine experience and nearly a decade of coaching. Her Reach Out to Horses® clinics and sessions are designed to give horse owners a unique opportunity to learn and experiment with the methods and concepts of Equus, the language of horses. Her method incorporates body language and energy work - used to build and enhance the relationship between people and their horses. The emphasis is on understanding and communication. Through a hands-on approach, participants gain insight and understanding into the minds of horses and learn to create a trust- based partnership between themselves and their horses.
Anna is a certified Reiki Master and Intuitive Healer. Reiki is a holistic, non-invasive natural healing method that alleviates pain and has been proven to reduce stress in both humans and animals. She has also studied Equine Herbal Natural Remedies and Aromatherapy. She is a certified Reconnective Healing® Level III practitioner. Anna was also recently graduated from Carol Gurney's HeartTalk Program® as a certified animal communicator.
Anna's love of horses blossomed early through a relationship with her childhood horse, Ringo. She later competed in show jumping, long distance riding, and cross-country jumping with Carrie, a Thoroughbred Irish Draught mare.
Anna began her exploration of and training in natural horsemanship as a participant in Monty Roberts' studies at Flag Is Up Farms, during a year's sabbatical from her job as a police officer in England.
While Anna was at "Flag Is Up", Crawford Hall, an internationally acclaimed horse trainer, who worked with Monty Roberts for over 28 years, became her mentor. After extensive studies in the unique Language of Equus, she became Head Instructor at the MRILC and was a member of the development team. She originated several Monty Robert's courses. Her interest in the Language of Equus has led her to focus increasingly on the power of animal communication and to strive to strengthen and deepen human relationships with not only horses, but with all species of animals.
After her horse training sabbatical, Anna left an eight-year career with the British constabulary. During that time she had been involved in investigative interview training, multicultural crime, major incident investigations - including drugs and surveillance, control room operations, and rape and child victim investigations. She became an on-the-job instructor and a Constabulary Force Reviewer. Following her resignation from that career, she moved to the U.S. to pursue her real dream, "...helping horses and their owners grow in partnership."
One of Anna's great passions is the survival and protection of wild horses. She had the opportunity to observe wild Brumbies in their natural habitat in Victoria, Australia, along with her colleague Eric Godward.
(Note: In the aftermath of a brutal aerial slaughter of 606 wild Brumbies in Guy Fawkes River National Park, N.S.W. in October 2000 by the Australian Government's National Parks and Wildlife Service, Save the Brumbies, Inc. was established. The organization has been actively lobbying for changes in wild horse management ever since this massacre.) For more information, visit: www.savethebrumbies.org
Anna assisted Neda DeMayo in Santa Ynez Valley at the wild horse sanctuary, Return to Freedom, for a number of years. RTF is home to the American wild horse - Mustangs, and it is considered a living museum because it provides a natural environment where horses live in herd groups. There, students can observe natural wild horse dynamics. Anna was part of RTF’s education program and played a significant role in gentling mustangs for special care and foster homes.
Anna still continues to support a number of charities including Equine Voices Rescue and Sanctuary in Tucson, Arizona, where she is actively involved as an Advisory Board Member.
Today, Anna travels the world sharing her knowledge to educate people on gentle communication techniques in order to improve the lives of horses and help people understand and better communicate with them.
Her future dream is to create a center
for holistic horsemanship and healing.
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