It's a mindset. It is the very way you interact and communicate, not just in training, but in every moment you spend with your horse. It is the desire to build a trust-based partnership with the horse, and fluency not only in their language, but an intimate understanding of their psychology, biology, herd dynamics, and much more.
Reach Out To Horses is a one-of-a-kind holistic horsemanship program which combines proven natural horsemanship, animal communication, and the use of energy for both training and healing the horse. The foundation of the program begins with an understanding of not only the techniques of natural horsemanship, but becoming fluent in the Language of Equus.
And now you will have the opportunity to uncover the insights that have not only made Anna and the Reach Out Program so successful but you will also learn from 5 other masters in the world of holistic horsemanship. In this downloadable audio program you will enter the world of the horse, a world few horsemen and women truly know.
Over the course of 13 hours of cutting edge instruction you will explore:
Session One: Connection & Communication
In this first session, we'll cover many of the nuances of the Language of Equus, the grammar of which is RICH in the use of body language, and the detection and direction of energy. Understanding and mastery of THIS ALONE will set your skills above those of the average horse trainer or enthusiast. It is one of the skills exhibited by legendary Horse Whisperers which makes what they do appear to be magical.
Session Two: Becoming Fluent in the Language of Equus
In this second session, Anna discusses how to use the obstacle course at liberty, in-hand, and even while riding to perfect your use of energy, telepathy, and body language to build not only your confidence, but the horse's as well. She also covers the use of the obstacle course liberty training to build the trust-based partnership you've always wanted with your horse and how to avoid behavioral issues with trust-building exercises. As a special bonus, Judy Sinner, a nutritional expert with Dynamite Supplements, joins in on the conversation to share how nutrition plays a key role in holistic horsemanship and training, as well as in the avoidance of behavioral problems.
Session Three: Positive Reinforcement and the Proper Use of Reward
In session three, Anna teaches you how to identify what motivates the horse you're working with and how to use that to bring out the very best in the both of you. She covers the proper use of food as reward, and under what circumstances you may want to consider using it. To add a whole new layer to the session, Alan Pogue and Sue DeLaurentis, of Imagine a Horse, experts in equine trick training, join in to present how to teach your horse something which should be fun for both of you, using food and other positive rewards.
Session Four: Solving Behavioral Problems Compassionately
During this session, Anna discusses some very common problem behaviors you may currently be working with, or if you're around horses for any length of time, you WILL be confronted by. Biting, striking, boxing, trailer loading problems, and evasions while riding, are just a few of the problems covered. Then renowned horsewoman Leslie Desmond, co-author with Bill Dorrance of "True Horsemanship Through Feel." joins in to present her top tips to overcoming problems in you and
your horse's development as a team.
Session Five: Equus as Your PERSONAL Self-Help Guru
In this session, we'll cover how important the use of your mind and making a true connection with the horse on not only a mental but spiritual level is to successful "Horse Whispering". You will see how, in building a trust-based partnership with your horse, you may in fact be looking straight into a mirror, polishing your own rough edges, and in the process, enriching your life and other relationships. Melisa Pearce, Founder of Touched By a Horse and renowned Equine Gestalt Psychotherapist, joins in to discuss the use of the mind, telepathic communication with the horse, and the use of energy in holistic horsemanship.
Session Six: Holistic Horsemanship From the Ground to the Withers
In our final session, Anna ties everything together to show you how you can apply the principles of holistic horsemanship in the saddle. Are you aware exactly how sensitive your horse is, and how they can feel your energy, your moods, and your intent while you're on their back? Do you have an understanding of how the horse can become an extension of your body and mind, and how this connection will improve when you ride using your intuition? You will find out as Anna sets aside time to answer some of the most common questions about Horse Whispering and Holistic Horsemanship.
When you learn and commit to mastering these principles and skills, you will improve not only your horse's life but the lives of every horse with which you come in contact.
Take your horsemanship to new heights with these groundbreaking experts.
Horses trained for police work and reenactment have high tolerance for specific explosive sounds nearby that are not threats. This is proof that they learn through experience. For general training, although we can't desensitize them to all spooking stimuli, we can teach them what to do when they are afraid. We teach them to stay calm, rely on us for safety, and stay focused on us. Repetitive training exposure increased immunity to distracting spooking noises. Experience shows that horses relate new situations to previously-conditioned sounds.
How to Use
The training concept is that the playback sounds become the “boogie man” and you remain the “alpha”, a source of security and comfort. The unique part of the concept is that you do not have to play both roles. Your role, and that of all the humans around him, is consistent, which is not the case if you make the spooking sounds without the CD. Desensitizing may take many days, weeks, or even longer. It depends on all the specific factors about your horse, his environment and experiences, and your time.
Please understand that this product is not an automatic fix. Your horse may be very frightened at first, and should be restrained and given assurance of protection. We strongly suggest that you start the process a few moments before and while feeding, when your horse is most comfortable with the surroundings and you. The horse will connect the new distraction positively with his "full belly" and your support. Start at a low volume, and study his reactions. Stay close to the horse and remain the source of stability and security, encouraging a reduced fear reaction while he hears the frightening sounds. Repeat or loop the tracks that are most bothersome. As his reaction diminishes over time, increase the playback volume in small increments. Replay all the tracks again at a higher volume, and study his reactions. Repeat this process over again until your horse seems to ignore the sounds. If your playback machine has programming features, select and shuffle the tracks that you choose to focus upon. When playing at highest volume, avoid playing the CD so loud as to be distorted.
What's on the Discs
These patented CDs contain over a thousand all-original recorded sounds made over a period of years. The absolute latest digital recording technology have been utilized, in portable form, to gather the sounds in pristine quality. To intensify and concentrate the training exposure, they have been edited and the sounds layered into relatively short "scenes". Because of the CD's ability to loop and shuffle the tracks, these seemingly "short" tracks can be extended indefinitely, and increased in volume until the horse is virtually immune to them.
Furthermore, using the knowledge of the psychoacoustics of pinnae-related localization (how horses perceive the source of sounds) has resulted in a unique recording and mixing technique. This technique actually simulates the ear and head movements of the frightened horse when responding to moving sound sources, and encodes that sound into the stereo signal.
Extensive digital signal processing was employed in the mastering of these discs to make the utmost of the relatively limited playback fidelity of medium-grade boom boxes.
Exciting New Application!!
Never before has it been so easy to IMPRINT NEWBORN FOALS, desensitizing them to frightening sounds. As soon as the newborn's hooves hit the ground (or even before), you can play our discs at low volume, while soothing and gaining their trust. You can have the full extent of our library of sounds in handy form with instant access, without leaving the comfort of the birthing stall.
When to Use
As mentioned above, we recommend that you start the process after feeding. When the horse shows that he is comfortable with the sounds, begin to include the boom box in your presence while grooming, tacking up, saddling up, and training.
Ultimately, you can play the discs anytime, even when the horse is alone, day or night, at any volume level. Sound conditioning is a repetitive learning process, with long term benefits.
Where to Use
We suggest you play these sounds just about anywhere you can imagine. The only real restriction is that you must be available as a source of comfort and safety until the horse becomes immune to the sounds.
Typical examples of where to use the boom box are shown in the photos below:
When choosing a portable boom box for Spook Less, better quality equipment will enhance the connection between the recorded sounds and a real future event. At a minimum, the boom box should have 4-inch diameter speakers and use at least 4 cells (size C or D). If the speakers can be separated from the player, spread them out as far as practical. Choose the Bass Boost feature (optional on many units) if you decide that the sound seems more realistic. If you choose to make a permanent installation in one of the indoor areas, a surround system with subwoofer would be ideal. Our stereo CDs contain additional spatial information that will be revealed when played in surround.
DO NOT PLAY THESE AUDIO COMPACT DISKS AT HIGH VOLUME IN THE PRESENCE OF HORSES, OTHER ANIMALS, OR SMALL CHILDREN.
These audio compact discs contain recordings that are intentionally modified to increase their impact on the listener. Consequently, they may be frightening to young children, horses, domestic pets, and other animals, especially if played at high volume. A natural response to this auditory stimulation may be a self-preservation urge, which may include actions that are harmful or injurious. The producer, manufacturer and seller of these products, Sersland-Hedden, LLC, its owners or employees, assumes no responsibility or liability whatsoever for the consequences of their use, even if used in accordance with our recommendations.
All of the CD tracks are originally recorded by us, using stereo MS (variable image width) microphone techniques and ultra low noise preamps. 24 bit conversion and storage is accomplished with a unique hand-held digital hard disc recorder. The individual sounds are then edited and mixed in a proprietary 32-bit floating point processor, and mastered with complex dynamic range reduction, so that the end result is consistent and aggressive audio level on the CD.
Disclaimer of Warranty; Limitation of Liability
Individual results from the use of this product may vary due to genetic, environmental, health, management, and facility issues. Therefore, Sersland-Hedden, LLC, producer of Spook Less products, its owners and employees, disclaim any warranties or guaranties, express or implied, as to individual results.
User expressly agrees that use of Spook Less Equine Ear Conditioning CDs is at user's sole risk, and that the user is solely responsible for the way that this information is perceived and utilized. Reach Out to Horses LLC, Sersland-Hedden, LLC, their owners and employees, disclaim any liability for any injuries, damages or losses that might occur due to the use or misuse of these products, the advice contained within, the content of these compact discs, or the content of any information, service, or image provided through www.ReachOutToHorses.com and www.SpookLess.com.
Trail Riding Edition - $19.95 USD
Total playing time 77:58
45 tracks, Common Sounds Include: Air Tools & Compressors, Branches Snapping & Rocks Falling, Cans Rattling, Chainsaws, Construction Tools, Crop Duster Airplane, Dirt Bikes, Farm Tractors, Farrier & Blacksmith, Heavy Duty Construction Equipment, Horses Galloping, Lawn mowers, Metal Gates, Motorcycles, Mountain Bikes, Quail Flushing, Rattlesnake, Tarp & Flag, Trains, Trail Ride, Waterfalls, Wild Animals, Wild Turkeys Flushing, Whips, Wood Bridge
Show & Driving Edition - $19.95
Total playing time 75:45
48 tracks, Common Sounds Include: Aluminum Bleachers, Auction, Branches Snapping & Rocks Falling, Cans Rattling, Car Alarms, City Busses, Construction Tools, Crop Duster Airplane, Dirt Bikes, Driving Show Class, Farrier & Blacksmith, Fireworks, Horse Show Stable Ambience, Horses Galloping, Motorcycles, Mountain Bikes, Quail Flushing, Rattlesnake, Show Organ, Sleigh Bells, Steel Wheel Vehicle, Stone Boat, Tarp & Flag, Trains, Wild Animals, Wild Turkeys Flushing, Whips, Wood Bridge
Show Riding Edition - $19.95
Total playing time 77:51
36 tracks, Common Sounds Include: Air Tools & Compressors, Aluminum Bleachers, Auction, Car Alarms, Construction Tools, English Arena Class Ride, Farm Tractors, Fireworks, Horse Show Stable Ambience, Horses, Galloping, Metal Gates, Rodeo & Roping, Show Organ, Tarp & Flag, Trains, Western Arena Class Ride
Mounted Horse Patrol Edition - $24.95
Total playing time 1:54:37 (nearly 2 hours - contains 2 discs)
61 tracks, Common Sounds Include: Air Tools & Compressors, Aluminum Bleachers, Bagpipes, Big Cats & Elephant, Branches Snapping & Rocks Falling, Building Implosion, Calliope, Cannon, Cans Rattling, Car Alarms, Chainsaws, Chaos/Mayhem/Riot, City Busses, Construction Tools, Crop Duster Airplane, Dirt Bikes, Farm Tractors, Farrier & Blacksmith, Fireworks, Glass Breaking, Heavy Duty Construction Equipment, Helicopters, Horse Show Stable Ambience, Horses Galloping, Jackhammer, Jets, Marching Band, Metal Gates, Motorcycles, Mountain Bikes, Parade Ride, Quail Flushing, Rattlesnake, Sleigh Bells, Taps, Recall, Tarp & Flag, Trains, Wild Turkeys Flushing, Whips, Wood Bridge
Cowboy Mounted Shooting Edition - $19.95
Total playing time 75:39
31 tracks, Common Sounds Include: Air Brakes, Aluminum Bleachers, Cannon, Crowd Cheering, Farm Tractors, Farrier & Blacksmith, Firecrackers, Fireworks, Four Wheeler, Gun Shots, Horse Show Stable Sounds, Horses Galloping, Horses on Roads, Metal Gates, Noisy Horse Trailer on Road, Parade Ride, Rodeo & Roping, Sirens, Tarp & Flag, Western Class Arena Ride
Unique CMSA Tracks: Pistol & Rifle Cocking & Dry Fire, Pistol Shots, Rifle Shots, Shootout Event Sounds, Compressor & Filling Balloons, Horses Running Different Level Courses, Dry Fire Rundowns, Level 1 Rundowns, Level 3 Rundowns, Level 5 Rundowns, Rifle Rundowns