Tellington TTouch Practitioner Guild

Benefit of Tellington TTouch for Horses 



Tellington TTouch Training/TTEAM offers positive solutions to common issues such as:

  • Stiffness
  • Sore Back
  • Hard to catch horses
  • Nervousness and tension
  • Inconsistent performance
  • Lameness or unevenness of stride
  • Cinchiness, bucking and rearing
  • Resistance to the vet and farrier
  • Head tossing and tail wringing
  • Biting or kicking
  • Pulling back when tied
  • Trailering
  • Resistance to grooming or saddling

TTEAM offers a training approach that encourages optimal performance and well-being. Based on the understanding that behavioural issues are often caused by pain, soreness, fear or tension in the body, TTEAM addresses these underlying issues through a combination of TTouch Body Work, specific TTEAM Ground Exercises, and Riding With Awareness.  This low-stress, logical method of dealing with horses seeks to take horses beyond the reflex of instinct, and educate horses how to think and act rather than re-act to stimuli.


TTouch Body Work


TTEAM practitioners use a light touch exploration to find areas in a horse’s body that indicate tension, fear of contact, soreness or discomfort. Specific touches and movements known as TTouch’s are then applied to the horse's body and can release muscle tension, ease discomfort, and improve posture which leads to better mobility and performance.


TTEAM Ground Exercises


Ground Exercises enable a horse to override habitual patterns of posture and movement and to learn without fear or force.  Changing postural patterns through movement helps retain the effectiveness of bodywork as well as change behavioural patterns associated with pain or tension.  TTEAM exercises in the “Playground for Higher Learning”, using a variety of obstacles (including labyrinth, ground poles and plastic) results in improved self-control, focus, self-confidence, cooperation, balance and coordination. Moreover, many unique ways of leading a horse provide opportunities for both horse and rider to increase ability and coordination which can then be transferred to work under saddle.


Riding With Awareness


The Joy of Riding combines Linda’s 50 years of teaching classical riding and her experience as a Feldenkrais practitioner. Riding with Awareness increases the comfort, performance and confidence of horse and rider by using unique tools and exercises.


Starting Young Horses


Combining the 3 components of the Tellington TTouch/TTEAM Method (Bodywork, Groundwork, and Riding with Awareness); we quietly educate young horses from their first interactions with people - to schooling under saddle; in a way that encourages confidence, cooperation, and awareness without jeopardizing the safety of horse and handler.  Each year our Starting Young Horse clinics take participants of all levels through the steps of safely and effectively teaching young horses to be ridden, in a low-stress and comprehensive way.

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