2014 proved to be an extraordinary year for me.

I learned more than I ever have before about the power of the horses I am honored to work with.

I learned much about the people who are drawn to work with this healing energy and I learned about fears that can accompany the desire to be close to them.

It seemed to be the year for facilitators from other equine therapy models to want to come to see how we do things here. They had heard we are different and that our clients say remarkable things about us.

They had heard that some of our clients came from outside the normal or expected range such as those coming from mainstream educational and medical professions.

They had heard that people were coming from great distances to experience what we offer here at Thirteen Moons Farm, The Way of The Medicine Horse.

One of my ‘savant’ gifts is to notice small details. I ‘feel’ emotions of people and animals around me. I am also able to see the bigger picture.

A common denominator among most medical professionals was that they had reached a point of needing to know more about healing their personal wounds. Some had been experiencing symptoms that their peers could not explain, or in some cases, the explanations were terrifying.

Educators came to learn more about being helpful on an energetic level in their classrooms, how not to burn out…and in more than one case how to move into other educational arenas that were more in alignment with who they are and what they have to offer.

Some came to learn about how autistic people see and feel their world. We talked about how important it is not to fake a smile when inside you are feeling anything but happy. How congruency is key to developing a relationship with autisitcs, and how fear will push them away.

Horses can teach us so much about these things.

While sitting and talking with equine therapists who visited I noted most of them had been taught or trained to have what they referred to as a 'healthy respect' for horses. Many of their therapy techniques called for setting clear and safe boundaries for clients and themselves.  I also noticed they carried fear of the horse. When the Medicine Horses would approach them they (therapists) would stiffen and look for a way to retreat from the horses.

Many of the rules applied to working with horses in general and more specifically with clients.

In their view horses are viewed as 'amazing healing partners; however they are dangerous and unpredictable'.

Many of the models called for ‘round pen work’ or ‘reflective work’ wherein the client learns to control the horse, and the ideal outcome is that the client leaves the session feeling empowered or the client can see himself mirrored by the horse and can look at what is going on within them.

After many years of studying and documenting horse human interactions both inside and outside of the healing arenas what I can say for sure is that healing cannot occur where fear lives, nor can it occur when one is overpowering or gaining control over another. The model simply expands on what I call the ‘kick the dog’ syndrome. It feels good at the time we kick the dog, but given time remorse will inevitably set in.

In the case of the ‘natural horsemanship, round pen work’ the immediate result is an overall feeling of wellbeing and should the study of the model end there it would be deemed a successful one.

My experience has taught me that it is a given outcome that the client at some point down the road will reflect on his ‘control’ of the horse and in simple terms crash and burn.

When the client reaches a point where he realizes fully that the horse is a sentient emotional spiritual being who has given his life to healing other species a break down occurs.

Being in the energy field of the horse kick starts an energetic spiritual awakening. Those who are described as fragile must be supported by those who are aware of this process and who can assist the journey through the completion of the process.

Witnessing these things over my career of several decades and especially this last year has been the catalyst for creating the International Academy of Medicine Horses.


In 2016 we were honored to be invited to present at the Indigenous Health Conference through the Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto in Ontario.

A Cree Elder who has become a great advocate for the work we do here was visiting while I was preparing my presentation. I explained to her that I was looking for scientific data to support the work.

She smiled as she quietly rocked in her chair and with a knowing look asked "Why?.... you don't need science. It works. That's all that matters"

We walk the walk and live the process and will support you through yours.

Tina Barnes

Woman Who Walks With Horse Medicine

Tina Barnes

​Master Medicine Horse Practitioner,

Intuitive Energy Healer, Equine Behaviorist and Consultant

It is said that I have a way with animals.

I love all animals but horses have held my focus since the age of three when I first was set astride a Belgian cross mare named Nellie at my Grandfather's farm.

I would have stayed there forever if allowed.

Sitting upon the back of that gentle old mare set off what would become my lifelong passion to discover what it was about being near her that made my unease in the world dissolve.

Now at 64 plus years I am ready to share all I've learned along the way.

My life with horses has had humble beginnings.

I was left to my own devices to figure most things out by watching and being with them. I had no coaches or mentors until well into my late twenties.

I became a coach and trainer and I learned rather quickly to keep 'my ways' to myself. Not always easy but I managed quite well I think.

Since those days I've coached many youth, non-pros and amateurs as well as open clients to Ontario provincial and Canadian National championships as all around performers. (meaning classes in many disciplines)

Often producing qualifiers for World class competition I've successfully taken clients to top five placings in the world in Western Showmanship and English Equitation.

I chose to leave the show world behind after reaching the higher levels and seeing what goes in to 'making' winners. 

In the mid 1980's I along with my late husband George operated a facility that included close to 800 acres of provincially leased land on which we kept (up to) 65 head of horses at any given time.

We loved to sit high on the hills and watch the interactions of the horses and especially between the stabilized herd and newcomers.

It is during these witnessings that we developed a keen eye and 'feeling' for those who were masters at integration.

We recognized that specially gifted individuals were tasked with bringing the energies of new horses into alignment with the herd and we began to call them 'Medicine Horses' not knowing how correct we were in naming them such.

I have spent the last 20 years or more intently studying and documenting healing interactions between horses as well as horses and humans.

My goal now is to teach others who are seeking wisdom and knowledge in the Ways of the Medicine Horses.