So today I got the book recommended by Danielle, the speaker at the Tellington Touch demo last week. It's called Know Your Horse Inside Out by Sarah Fisher. It has a section all about how to assess your horse and identify where he has tense areas, isn't quite straight, may be a bit stiff etc, then the second half has detailed explainations of how to do the bodywork (the different massages) and groundwork (quite a lot of that we do already, getting them to go over or bend round poles, over wood, plastic etc) and there are lots of case studies in there too. I can recommend it, a very interesting read and available on Amazon for about a fiver at the moment.....
This afternoon I decided
to try some of this out with Gandalf. I started off with the "clouded leopard"
touch on the top of his neck and along his back (video of how to do that here). This seemed to go down well. Then I tried the ear
touch, now normally he doesn't like having his ears touched, the first time he
flinched away as usual but the second time he kept still so he obviously was OK
with it. You hold the base of the ear and stroke along the ear to the tip, then
you do tiny circles with the tip of the ear between thumb and forefinger. When I
started, the tips of his ears were cold, after a few goes, they warmed up. So I
guess the circulation improved.....
Python Lift on his legs, we were shown this at the demo.
seemed to go down well too, and afterwards, he yawned a few times and dozed