Linda Tellington-Jones

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Linda Tellington-Jones
Founder of the Tellington-TTouch
training method

Horsemanship, Trust and Well-Being

"Treat your horse the way you would like to be treated yourself."

Linda Tellington-Jones is a world-famous horse expert. With her innovations, she has significantly contributed to the horse world for more than five decades. But not only the horse scene profits from Linda's ideas: The Tellington TTouch Method is just as successfully applied to domestic, wild and zoo animals as well as humans.

Linda Tellington-Jones was born in Canada in 1937. She grew up in a large family and with many animals. As a schoolchild, she rode to school every day and became an instructor in a local riding school at the age of 13. She has trained horses and successfully participated in countless equestrian tournaments ranging from endurance to showjumping. In the 1960s she and her then-husband Wentworth Tellington founded the international breeding and training center "Pacific Coast Equestrian Research Center and School" in Badger, California. Here she wrote her first book about the use of massage and physiotherapy on horses. In the following year, she took part in many endurance races and in 1975 at the EQUITANA, the equestrian sports world fair in Essen, Germany she presented riding with a neck ring, a sensation at the time.

In 1975 Linda began her 4-year training as a Feldenkrais teacher at the "Institute of Humanistic Psychology" in San Francisco. At the same time, she begins to develop the Tellington Method for horses. In Germany, she published the book "How to educate your horse" together with icon Ursula Bruns, which has become a classic among guidebooks for horses. 

In 1983 she invents the famous circular touches, called Tellington TTouch. She holds lectures at veterinary congresses in Europe and in the USA. In 1987 a research project on the effect of TTouch on the brain waves in humans was started marking a breakthrough for her method. Meanwhile, the first seminars on TTouch for humans take place.

Since then several EEG (Electroencephalography) studies have proven the positive effect of Tellington-TTouches on the brain function of humans and animals. In 2007, Linda Tellington-Jones was inducted into the US "Massage Hall of Fame".

Linda Tellington-Jones has published over 20 books and 10 educational films in 15 different languages over the years. There are over 1,700 certified Tellington-TTouch trainers for horses, dogs and people in 27 countries who use and teach the methods.

In 2008, Linda Tellington-Jones received an honorary doctorate from Wisdom University in California for her services. Linda Tellington-Jones lives with her husband Roland Kleger in Hawaii and still teaches TTouch worldwide.

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Tellington-TTouch for Spooky Horses

Linda Tellington-Jones

Daily Fun is an 8-year-old mare that reacts in an extreme manner to things around her when being ridden. Linda Tellington-Jones checks with her hands how the mare reacts to being touched. Various TTouches such as ear TTouches, tail TTouches and rocking her neck, help the mare become more confident. You can do the same with your own horse. 

Duration: 00:21:51 Minutes

Tellington-TTouch for Insecure Horses

Linda Tellington-Jones

Mentor is a 12-year-old gelding, is blind in his right eye and consequently lacks confidence. Linda Tellington-Jones begins by checking his body. Tail TTouches and circling his legs deepen his trust of her and make him feel better within himself.

Duration: 00:10:17 Minutes

Tellington-TTouch for Senior Horses

Linda Tellington-Jones

Heinrich is an 18-year-old gelding, who is very relaxed and healthy. Linda Tellington-Jones shows you how integrating 5 minutes TTouches into your grooming routine can make a difference for the long term health and well-being of your horse.

Duration: 00:06:34 Minutes

Tellington-TTouch for You

Linda Tellington-Jones

The TTouches developed by Linda Tellington-Jones have amazing effects on animals. In this video, you will see what they can do for you. Three touches are presented in this video to help you relax and feel better. 

Duration: 00:12:30 Minutes

Tellington-TTouch for Horses: Riding Bareback & with a Neck Rope

Linda Tellington-Jones

Have you ever tried riding without a saddle or bridle? Linda Tellington-Jones will show you how to sit on the horse when riding bareback in order to not disturb their movement or cause them discomfort. You will also learn how to use the neck rope correctly. 

Duration: 00:08:27 Minutes

Tellington-TTouch for Horses: Assessing your Horse’s Body

Linda Tellington-Jones

Can you touch your horse everywhere? Linda Tellington-Jones shows you how to use your hands to get to know and help your horse. She strokes the coat and determines if the horse responds confidently to the touch. Then she gently pushes her fingertips into the skin and looks for tension or painful areas.

Duration: 00:06:57 Minutes

Tellington-TTouch for Horses: The Circular TTouches

Linda Tellington-Jones

The foundation of TTouch is based on circular movements of the fingers and hands over the entire body. Linda Tellington-Jones shows you how it works. You can use the TTouches for yourself or your horse at any time. In order to build trust, it is important to take the reactions of your horse into consideration. "Put your heart in your hands and your hands on your horse!"

Duration: 00:14:44 Minutes

Tellington-TTouch for Horses: The Philosophy

Linda Tellington-Jones

Linda Tellington-Jones explains the idea behind her method, briefly describing the Tellington TTouches, groundwork and riding. The driving force behind it is the ability for anyone to improve their horse’s confidence using the Tellington training.

Duration: 00:04:34 Minutes

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