About Tellington TTouch Trainings for Horses
Tellington TTouch Trainings for horses provide you with the skills to help horses be their best selves. The techniques and exercises help promote optimal performance and health, providing solutions to common behavioral and physical problems. Horses demonstrate marked improvement in athletic skills and increased willingness and ability to perform. Not only does the horse benefit, but also a deeper rapport grows between horse and rider because of increased understanding and more effective communication.
Participants may choose to bring their own horse or work with horses provided. Three-day, five-day or six-day trainings are suitable for all levels of horse handlers and delve into the four components of the Tellington TTouch Method for Horses
• gentle bodywork techniques
• mindful ground exercises in our Playground of Higher Learning
• the Joy of Riding – Riding with Awareness, and
• the Tellington Method philosophy that includes the intention to
"Change Your Mind & You Can Change Your Dog/Horse/Self.
Change the Posture & You Can Change the Behavior."
Participants go away with a clear understanding of how to evaluate a horse’s physical tension and bracing patterns, as well as what bodywork to use when. Refined observation skills bring new awareness to handlers, along with better assessment of physical limitations in horses, and how these may be reflected in negative behavior.
The bodywork techniques are taught in a hands-on manner, and is practiced on many different horses, as well as on people, to provide clear feedback on technique. By the end of the clinic most participants go away with many new tools to effectively deal with body soreness, stiffness, and to improve overall well-being.
Tellington TTouch groundwork consists of a variety of leading exercises developed to improve coordination, balance, posture, and straightness. These can be done from either side of the horse, with one handler or two. Techniques of ground driving and “neck line driving” (an exercise unique to our method) are included. These slow, mindful exercises serve to change habitual tension patterns, and ameliorate behavioral problems.
Depending on group interest and experience, other topics like saddle fit, dentistry awareness, and work with foals, etc. might be discussed. Regardless of whether it is your first or fifteenth clinic, a Tellington TTouch Training is a great experience.
Unlike many clinics, you are not required to bring your own horse to a Tellington TTouch training. Many of the learning exercises are done in pairs or groups, and horses are given down-time to integrate what they have learned. Some participants are surprised to learn how much they learn when working with horses they do not know or have preconceived assumptions about.
Some of the topics covered will include:
- How to improve performance. Ground exercises to help improve balance, self control and focus.
- How to apply TTouch first-aid techniques while waiting for the veterinarian.
- How to use the Tellington equipment like the Balance Rein, Neck-ring and Bodywrap.
- Ways to speed healing and recovery from injury or illness.
- Why issues such as nervousness, laziness, trailering problems, attitude difficulties and stiffness occur and how to solve them in a safe and positive way.
Regardless of your discipline, preferred breed or level of experience, you will learn the tools and techniques that can foster the magical partnership between you and your horse that many people strive for a lifetime to achieve.
Combining the Tellington TTouch bodywork with special ground exercises and under-saddle work, our training method offers an approach based on cooperation rather than domination and understanding rather than control. You will learn to chunk down the training process into incremental steps that are scientifically proven to reduce fearfulness in horses and thereby increasr the potential for learning.
You will experience this remarkable training approach for yourself. Every training has its own special flavor, but in each you will find yourself surrounded by like-minded horse lovers. You will also begin to see your equine companion with new eyes. Innovative opportunities for working with your horse will begin to crystallize. You will be empowered with the “gift of possibility.”
With an open mind and an open heart, you will come away from every training enriched with new and marvelous tools.
A Tellington Training is a gift for both you and your horse. Why miss this opportunity? Trainings fill quickly so register soon. Questions? Don't hesitate to get in touch with us!
Workshops, Demos, Trainings for Horses:
Hands-on Workshops - one-day or two-days - involve teaching 6-20 participants, with half as many horses.
• Participants have a hands-on opportunity as they do the TTouch or ground exercises.
• Auditors listen and watch, but do not work with the horses; they do have hands-on experience with the TTouch.
One-day Demonstration - Using 3-4 horses, the practitioner demonstrates techniques. The purpose is to give an overview of what the Tellington TTouch Method offers.
Two-day Demonstrations - Linda, Robyn and Instructors demonstrate the TTouch, ground exercises and some riding.
Three-day Trainings - participants take home a different awareness of themselves and new ways to assist their horses.
Week-long Trainings - 5-6 days with 15-20 people for intensive hands-on experience in all phases of the Tellington TTouch Method.