Jakie Forbes has been teaching Tellington TTouch in the Southeast for many years. She organized a wonderful training for me in Louisiana about 20 years ago. It is inspiring to see how her influence continues to spread. We have had some remarkable changes in race horses over the years, and I hope to post more about them here soon.
Angelita steps out with a leader on each side. Photo courtesy Jorie Hanson, Clayton Patch.com
Take a look at an article about Jakie Forbes’ use of TTouch in training horses for the track here.
I particularly love the following from the article:
First, we want them to be aware of their own bodies. Like humans, young horses are awkward. We want to cultivate their sense of balance as well as an awareness of the power of their hindquarters. Without such training, they naturally place the bulk of their weight on their front feet, leaving them without the controlled sense of thrust and balance that they need in order to carry out any of the performances that we so admire in horses, whether it be dressage, jumping or racing.
Although one person traditionally leads a horse, we often “double lead” when we are doing the training. The horse seems to feel more secure with a person holding a lead attached to each side of the horse’s halter. The leaders are safe and work as a team to help the horse stay in balance when facing the unfamiliar.
So many details and signals make interaction with horses more pleasurable and safe. At the same time, the horse is learning a great deal about its potential for communication and movement in harmony with humans.
I landed in Washington, DC from Germany May 25th and on the evening of the 27th, I taught a very well-attended training, TTouch for You and Your Dog I am bringing in a new aspect that people really seem to resonate with – teaching them the Three Magic TTouches for self-help to enhance personal well-being and reduce stress and acknowledging these touches as gifts from our animals.
I will be doing the same on Tuesday the 21st at the fund-raiser in Santa Fe so if you are in the area call my Santa Fe office at 800 854 8326 for the venue and details.
I thought you might enjoy this blog post, reprinted with permission from the author, Kirsten, on her lovely blog, Peaceful Dog. Read the rest of this entry »
Roland and I have been on the road since April 1st on a slightly whirl-wind tour. My days have been so full I simply had no time to write about the experiences but have many notes and plan to write more for my blog when I return home.
The 2 months have been action-packed with the following trainings. Our first stop was in Switzerland for a week-long dog training. Then; Germany at Klaus Balkenhols stable where I gave a day-long seminar for dressage horses for 135 members of Xenophon; a 3-day Advanced training for horse and dog practitioners at a German spa; 5 days of private work at a phenomenal dressage stable near Munich; a very exciting 3 day workshop in Italy featuring 5 leading event and endurance riders; a day-long training for care-givers at a senior home in the north of Germany; a week-long TTouch for You training at a German spa, and now this week-long human TTouch training in spectacular mountain country south of Vienna that was formerly the summer vacation spot for royalty. There is a fairy-tale Disney-like castle just up the road that was formerly a Rothchild summer home. Read the rest of this entry »
How do I discourage herd-bound behavior?
Q. I have been training an 8-year-old Quarter Horse/Arabian gelding for a couple of months, but before I began working with him, he had very little human contact although he had been backed and was rideable. He is very reliant on his pasture buddies, which in turn, causes him to always be tense. Whenever I get him out, he is always looking for them; if he sees them he stares at them and pays no attention to me at all. He would even rather stare at them than have treats. How can I get him to be more reliant on me and be less tense? Read the rest of this entry »
I’m in Germany having just the best time working with amazing horses, and thanks to the folks at Eurodressage, I found this wonderful YouTube video demonstration of TTouch at work in the Playground for Higher Learning at Green Chimneys in Brewster, N.Y. I was there in April of 2009 for the Humane Education Conference, which was co-sponsored by Green Chimneys and the ASPCA.
I just had to share this short and moving story by Patricia Tirrell, a Tellington TTouch Practitioner-in-Training with you. The wonders animals are able to achieve still amaze me, day after day. Enjoy!
Charlie and I were visiting at The Durham Rehabilitation Center with a young woman who had had a stroke. Her left hand was still in the shape of a club and much of her left side was semi-paralyzed. She was the only person in the recreation room with Charlie and me while the recreation therapist, Betsy, went to go get more patients to start the session. Read the rest of this entry »
I am pleased to announce that Tellington TTouch Training, Inc. is now approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB) as a continuing education Approved Provider. Read the rest of this entry »