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Clinic offered to help people learn to communicate with animals

by Merrie Leininger

Is your dog digging up your garden? Is your cat ignoring you? Is your horse refusing to eat?

Learn to hear your animal’s voice from Terri Jay Colthorp, an animal communications specialist from Washoe Valley.

Colthorp said she taught herself how to pick up the energy after an incident with a disabled child who couldn’t speak.

She was working with a child through her non-profit organization, Sierra Nevada Handicapped Riding Association, when she says she “heard” the child complain of a leg cramp even though the child is unable to speak.

Later, back in class, Colthorp said the boy used a pointer strapped to his head to type out, “The horse lady can hear me.”

Colthorp said she was stunned by the event and began looking into telepathy and animal communication.

She soon began practicing communicating with animals and realized the value of being able to hear an animal’s problems.

Additionally, she said she can teach this talent to other people.

n Helping disabled kids. The workshop benefits the riding program, which provides horse riding opportunities to physically and mentally handicapped people.

Colthorp said children who can’t walk or even sit up can benefit from riding horses.

“The biggest thing is just sitting on a horse that is walking simulates walking in the pelvic girdle,” she said. “If they can’t walk due to developmental delays, they get that stimulation they can’t get anywhere else.”

She said stroke clients and head trauma clients also benefit from the program.

“It is also a tremendous motivator,” Colthorp said. “The kids might be afraid, but they really want to be successful.”

Colthorp started the program 10 years ago in Las Vegas and now works with Washoe County school children, but hopes to expand the program through her fund-raising efforts.

She also will be giving her animal communicating clinics across the United States.

“It’s very, very difficult to raise money for a non-profit. We’re not one of the cool charities,” she said.

She said she uses eight older horses in the program because the animals are calmer, but require a little extra care.

She has only one other employee and uses volunteers when she can.

n Horse whispering. Colthorp said the clinic will be divided into two sections: the morning will be spent developing heightened sensory awareness techniques.

“We will be accessing the imagination and learning how animals communicate. You will learn what you’re listening for and how to listen,” she said.

She said when we learn how to listen to our animals we can learn from them.

“When we love our animals it provides a direct link to our animals to communicate,” she said. “We need to learn to access animals. They are our best psychotherapists. They teach us unconditional love.”

The afternoon session will be used for practice of the morning’s lessons.

The workshop at the Douglas County Fairground Pavilion will be held Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Colthorp will have horses and dogs for participants to practice with.

Tickets are $25 per person and proceeds benefit the handicapped riding association.

For information, call (702)-828-RIDE (0200) in Washoe Valley.

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