Tuesday, 26 June 2012

Tellington Touch

Went to a talk about this today, to find out what it's all about. Very interesting, and we only really scratched the surface. If you've never heard of this, you can read all about it here

Basically the aim is to decrease tension and resistance in horses by, well, touching them. There are many different touches, with bizarre names such as the Python Lift and the Clouded Leopard. More on those here. It combines these with groundwork to relax horses and help them use their body better. Also effective with dogs, cats and humans, apparently!

The speaker was Danielle Dibbens who is based in the Charente, would be interesting to get her to come and look at our lot sometime. I am going to find out more about it and give it a try, especially for Gandalf as sometimes he is very stiff, poor old boy.......

We were given an article written by another TTouch instructor, you can read it here. A lot of this makes sense to me, quite a bit of it is stuff I have been saying for ages, like what people see as "misbehaviour" in horses is often a lack of understanding -  the horse not understanding what the handler wants and the handler not understanding why the horse behaves as he does. I especially like the "candles" metaphor........and in the end, it all improves your relationship with your horse and enables trust between you, which is the most important thing for me.

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