Tellington TTouch Equine Awareness Method
Tellington TTouch Training/TTEAM offers positive solutions to common issues such as:
- 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
- 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.
With TTEAM training, Horses often 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 better understanding and more effective communication.
Who Uses TTEAM?
- The TTEAM Method is used by many world renowned trainers and riders. The list includes Klaus Balkenhol (Olympic Dressage Rider); Fredric Pignon (Rider/Trainer of Cavalia); Ingrid Kilmke (Olympic 3-Day Rider/Trainer); Anne Kursinski (US Show Jumper); and Becky Hart (World Champion Endurance rider); are among some of the many high caliber equestrians who have worked with Linda.
- Veterinarians such as Dr. Joyce Harman DVM author of “Pain Free Saddle Fit”.
- Internationally recognized riding instructors; Peggy Cummings (Connected Riding) and Wendy Murdoch (The Murdoch Method).
- TTEAM Practitioners work with individual clients and teach one or two day workshops.
- Of course, anyone who shares their life with animals can use the Tellington Method!
What is covered in a TTouch/TTEAM Training for horses?
- Philosophy and principles of the Tellington Method, as developed by Linda Tellington-Jones.
- Physiology of stress and the relationship to behavior.
- Observational skill building: posture, balance, conformation, gait, and interaction with the environment using objectivity.
- Skill building in the techniques of TTouch bodywork.
- Use of the TTEAM equipment.
- Skill building in the Tellington TTouch/TTEAM Method of leading and groundwork.
- Application of the Tellington TTouch/TTEAM Method to specific behavior issues.
- Skills, exercises, and equipment used in Riding with Awareness.
- Introduction to problem solving and investigating external factors attributing to low performance (i.e. saddle fit, dental issues, physical issues, handler error).
How Can I Learn More?
- Attend a Tellington TTouch Training. Check out the Events listing.
- Work with a TTouch Practitioner. Find the nearest one on the Practitioner listing.
- Browse the store for helpful books and videos!
- Call or email us with your questions.
Keep up-to-date with all the news about the Tellington TTouch Method! TTEAM Connections: a quarterly, 32 page newsletter, is dedicated to educating people about the TTEAM and TTouch methods along with other complementary ideas to help increase our understanding of animals and improve behavior, well-being and performance. You'll learn effective techniques to improve your horse's well-being, behavior and performance . . . read fascinating case studies . . . and stay up to date on TTEAM/TTouch trainings and seminars!