In March of 2023, we welcomed Anna Twinney, world-renowned Natural Horsemanship Clinician, teacher, coach, and author. She stayed for two days specifically to work with Onaqui, the Wild Mustang mare who arrived at the sanctuary last June, and with members of Equine Advocates staff. To say the least, Anna not only helped to transform Onaqui, but put our staff on a path to better understanding her language and how to communicate with her. This major breakthrough, to be continued with Sara Vanecek, one of Anna’s long-time protégés, has been the most promising development we have experienced since the mare arrived here last summer. Sara started the process with wonderful results, and now with Anna’s work, we feel confident that we will be successful in not only being able to work with and handle Onaqui over time but also do for her what we have wanted and envisioned for her from the day she first arrived here – turning her out with a herd of horses at the sanctuary!
Please enjoy this video series showcasing Anna’s work over the course of two days, including the moments our Equine Care Manager and President/Founder Susan Wagner worked with Onaqui at the end of the workshops.
Introduction with Susan Wagner and Anna Twinney
Day 1, Session 1: Awareness, Touching, and Reaching Out
Day 1, Session 2: Gaining Trust, Accepting a Halter
Day 1, Session 2 & Day 2, Session 1: Choosing to Stay
Day 2 continued: Starting to Lead
Final Session: Starting to Groom, Performing a Figure 8, and Looking to the Future!
Onaqui Gentling – Working with Equine Advocates Staff
Onaqui Gentling – Working with Equine Advocates President & Founder Susan Wagner