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This horse is (not) a bucker! Look for the magic and you will find it

This is stated many ways for people – we are not our actions ‘what we do’, we are not ‘how we react’… Yet this is how we describe animals, and it is only one tiny piece of their life. A change can be made so the behavior can be a thing of the past.

The beautiful horse I met last night touched my heart. A horse that is a reactive introvert who is born into the world of a sport he is not suited for – mentally, emotionally, physically – will react. The reaction may be small at first – or it may be huge, depending on his desire to be heard. Regardless, the reaction is based on an opinion that the horse has on how we are with him – how we are using him, using his body, controlling his life.

If a horse is being asked to interact and he isn’t especially keen on humans, he is going to put any obstacle available between himself and the human. If he is in a paddock with foals – that is the obstacle he will put between himself and the invader. He is not a wimp because he hides behind a foal. That is the only tool he has and he is using it wisely to his advantage. It was clear by the catching dance the level of interest or curiosity he had which was not so much. I could have gone up and haltered him immediately – that is what most people do. I don’t often halter a horse if they choose to stay with me after our connection. I want the feedback of what allows them to stay and what makes them leave. But what if I’d stopped there – walked away before connection – having given him only that much time? Instead of walking away I asked for connection, I asked for tolerance, patience and to accept my touch. I got all those things – hopefully not only because he was haltered (not by me). We worked, tested boundrys, changed his mind about people. A lot changed not only with him but the two foals as well. Funny how good energy ripples through a herd.

When faced with avoidance, what if the human approaches with a polite ask and genuine heart felt  interest? What if the human gives him time to decide if there might be something in this connection should he choose to allow himself to be approached and touched? This is where the magic happens – when we combine our energy into interaction that is agreeable to us both. It is about exploring each others openness, level of trust and interest in what we both have to offer. Humans easily share themselves with other humans equally. How often do we share ourselves with other species in a mutual relationship? When we allow ourselves to be vulnerable and open and we seek to find each others gifts – that is when we understand ‘what this horse is’ – or more accurately – ‘who’ this horse is in his heart and what he is capable of. From that moment on – he is no longer whatever he’s been called.

All too often we ‘size up’ people, horses, dogs based on how they react in given situations. What often goes unheeded is their response to our energy – combined with the surroundings, their energy and what is being asked or expected in a given situation. When we approach we have expectations, questions, an attitude, thoughts, we project energy… Others see us as interesting, overwhelming, self absorbed, controlling or maybe open to connect.

What if – from birth – we allowed and nurtured this connection? What if we allowed everyone to seek and find what works for them? While it’s great to  breed for bloodlines, sport and to educate throughout ones life – it is also imperative to allow other outlets for abilities that don’t fit in the mainstream flowchart.

I believe it is time to intenionally allow other species to ‘be’. I believe there has to be a place for all to live and thrive on this planet outside of our control. Horses can take care of themselves as long as they can find food and water which is provided by the earth, not by humanity. We all need a place to go when we don’t fit in where we are at. Just my two cents worth…

Reach Out To Horses – 3 day Clinic

This clinic has concluded but we plan to offer a clinic with Anna Twinney again next year.

Every single minute of all 3 days was absolutely amazing and perfect! The clinic was a huge success!

June 26 and 27 will be at the Greater Good Ranch in Kila MT.  This will be an amazing clinic!  Questions: Nancy 406-756-2327 Sign up before May 15 for the reduced rate.

Due to an overwhelming response, the riding portion of the clinic on June 28th will change locations to the Johnson Ranch in Bigfork, MT. There is an 8 rider/horse limit but auditors will be limited to about 20 people.

Sign up on Anna’s website

The easy in/out trailer in fee for the day at the Johnson Ranch is $20. There may be limited dry paddock facilities for overnight at $35.




Open House! 5-30-2015

Energy, intent, Spa day for horses and humans. It is raining pretty hard and thundering as well.
The Drum is made by the Drum Brothers. The resonance is amazing and this drum will be a fun addition to campfires, etc.
From Brenda – who works out of my arena too and did a demonstration. “Feeling blessed to have had such a great turn out for the Open House for Horse Sense Healing and the Greater Good Ranch! We had around 30 people throughout the afternoon join us! Thank you to you all! Hearts were touched, horses were treated to some TLC & some fun was had! The food from the Kila Pub was amazing and the wine from Glacier Sun Winery was fabulous!”

Animal Communication Study Group 5-12-15

Study Group for Anna Twinney – Reach Out To Horses – Animal Communication – The Journey Within.

 View the links and listen to the audio files.

Welcome to the Anna Twinney Reach out to horses – Animal Communication study group.

I’ve been following Anna Twinneys work  for a year and a half. What attracted me to her focus and work was her attention to detail , experience, and ability to verbalize and process deep thoughts.  Annas insight goes beyond any work that I’ve studied.  the focus of her work especially resonates with where I’m at in my life today. Animals  have always been an important part of my life we’ve always communicated, Annas ideas and skills have taken my vision to the next level.

The first conference call that we had on May 6 and May 12 we discussed how to get started in the study group -the intent and the purpose. 

The purpose of this group is to study the information, take action on the exercises from animal communication the journey within. 

My intent with this online or in person study group is personal growth –  everyday issues like work or behavior problems, care, feeding, end-of-life, lost pets . Pretty tough issues to discuss. Explore the different tips and techniques and watch DVDs and practice the techniques with others 

The benefits of the study group are for support, To Share tips and techniques, breakthroughs, to support each other when we’re stuck, and get help in communicating with our own animals. apparently it’s really difficult to communicate with our own animals I’ve experienced that myself. It would be really helpful to have each other as mentors and coaches. 

I set up a call site and wall at free conference I’ve added some links and set up some auto audio recordings that I thought were pertinent to getting started.

I posted two examples of Anna’s audio DVDs can you listen to on the conference call wall

AT evolution – comes from Anna’s introduction to evolution of horsemanship it’s a 53 minutes – Her story that Anna shares with us is her way of measuring the evolution in her life and her life choices. She pauses after every major achievement with the question “And what if I’d stayed there- with that way of thinking or working” What she has achieved in personal growth today is far beyond each phase.  I was so inspired that I did this exercise of my life as well. It really helped to clarify my vision of moving forward from where I’m at. 

The example of I H H is taken from the webinar insights into holistic Horsemanship it was the first question and answer in section 2. It was a significant topic that she took on it was tough question enter Answer shows just how much she processes and thoroughly discusses different issues and many sides to those issues. That’s why I really like her work. 

Other resources – Anna has 6 DVD horsemanship series,
Download audio – insights into holistic horsemanship
Webinar – evolution in horsemanship
Webinar – animal communication reawaken your inner voice
9 CD set – animal communications The real deal
and so much more… See

I think the important place to start is the newly out ‘animal communication – the journey within’ – purchase on website-  two DVD set it’s well worth the $49 and there are a lot of exercises and clarifications that Anna presents that I have not heard on any of her other material . 

The next date for the group to meet will be on May 21 . We will watch the DVD  and we’ll get started on the exercises. We’ll also share some of the tools and modalities that a couple of us that have been working with for a while and have had some pretty great experiences with, that we use in order to get clearer answers since we don’t have the ability that Anna has at this point. or call 406-756-2327.

Plum Creek land – please read

Updated: Steve from PC came out the same day I posted this story. We walked the land and he agreed the problem is extensive.
I was not satisfied with the results of our conversation so I called the county weed department. I just got a call back saying that PC will log the land and Steve agreed they will spray the weeds this Fall. PC, The weed dept and I will follow up with landowners to be sure all is well.
Original post:
Plum Creek – Hwy 2 office in Kalispell MT – Steve
Steve Since you didn’t call back or come out as promised- here is the knapweed and spruce budworm that I wanted to show you.
Will Plum Creek please take care of your Weeds and Spruce Budworm? My neighbors and I simply can’t manage our land when it borders your unmanaged land… If nothing else – knapweed and Mullein are medicinal – please harvest them for sustainability and income.
The Spruce Budworm just spent 5 years going through this area with only one year reprieve. As you can see- they are back in full force and about to hatch and eat our forest.







Mullein and knapweed – medicinal or noxious weeds




Knapweed new growth and last years flower stem




Thanks for listening! – Steve email me!

May 9 2015 Horse Sense Healing – Women’s Connection Groups April – August 2015

Horse Sense Healing presents 

Women’s Connection Groups

Held here at GGR!

“We are happy that spring has arrived so we can get back to work!  The horses at the Greater Good Ranch, Mik, Starry and Rose, have had the winter off and ready to connect with you.  Our Women’s Connections Groups will be held the 2nd Saturday of each month.

Prepare to take some time out to reconnect with yourself, with others and with the horses.  The horses, supportive coaching and the Equine Gestalt Coaching Method will help you drop away the stressors and happenings of daily life and connect you to your center, to your authentic self. Join us for one group or all.  Bring a friend or come on your own.

Please RSVP just so we know how many to prepare for.  Registration for the following month will open once the current month’s group has completed.  Bring a friend and each save 5.00!”

Sign up here:


April 18 2015 1-4 pm Equine Energy Work and Raindrop Technique Class

Saturday April 18  1 pm – 4 pm (See morning yoga class also)

Equine Energy Work
and Young Living Raindrop Technique Class
with Modified Neuro-Auricular Technique

Energy and body work combined with Young Living Essential Oils  can produce amazing results with physical, mental, emotional and behavioral concerns with your horse.

Create permanent results with these combined techniques when nothing else has worked.

1 PM to 4 PM with Nancy Horne – 406-756-2327

$75 per person with your horse
$35 per person as a helper

Limited to 6 horses – 3 horses available onsite
Greater Good Ranch,  555Jackson Meadows Road, Kila.

April 18 2015 9 am -12 pm Yoga for Equestrians and everyone else!

Saturday April 18   (See Equine Energy class also)

Movement, Mindfulness and Relaxation
For Equestrians
(and anyone interested in Horses)

No experience in anything is required for this workshop ☺

With Robin Magaddino
April 18, 2015 – 9 AM to 12 PM – $58

Does your horse swish her tail?  Toss her head?  Is she tense when you ride?

Explore ways to enhance your mind/body connection with horses.

Come away with:

  • How yoga can center your mind and align your body.
  • Ideas to strengthen your core muscles, lengthen and limber up.
  • Somatic movements to reset your muscle tension.
  • Awareness of how you and your horse share energy and stress.
  • Trigger point self massage.

If you choose to, you will be led on a horse to feel movement and then explore relaxation

Improve your horse by improving yourself

Bring riding helmet, lunch and drink.  We will have water available.  Bring yoga mat and blocks if you have them.  I have a few extra mats.  Wear loose pants for movement and whatever you like for sitting on the horse.  Dress warm, we will be in an enclosed arena, unheated except for one propane patio heater.

Venue: Greater Good Ranch,  Jackson Meadows Road, Kila.
Call to register and instructions to venue – 406-250-1391




Earth Prayers 4-4-15 p 102

The Peace of Wild Things


When despair for the world grows in me
and I wake in the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be,
I go and lie down where the wood drake
rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.
I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought
of grief. I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars
waiting with their light. For a time
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.


Wendell Berry, “The Peace of Wild Things” from The Selected Poems of Wendell Berry. Copyright © 1998. Published and reprinted by arrangement with Counterpoint Press.