Tellington-TTouch for Horses: The Philosophy 2018-02-02T00:00:00+01:00

The Tellington TTouch method is a specialized approach to the care and training, taking into account the body, mind and spirit of your horse. You can influence the behavior, performance and well-being of your horse, as well as develop a deep trusting relationship. One of the key ideas is to focus on ​​how your horse should behave, rather than focusing on unwanted behaviors.

Tellington TTouch training consists of three areas: bodywork, groundwork and work under saddle. TTouch bodywork consists of gentle touches targeted specifically to the needs of the horse. Releasing tension, changing of unwanted behavior and strengthening the horse's immune system are some of the things TTouch can help you with.

The groundwork is also called "Playground for Higher Learning" because the horse is led by various obstacles and thereby takes different leadership positions, through which the horse learns self-control and improves self-confidence. Riding according to the Tellington method involves different equipment and obstacles. The goal is to increase comfort, performance and confidence of horse and rider.


You will learn in this video:

  • All about Linda Tellington-Jones
  • The possibilities and goals behind the Tellington-Jones method
  • Why this method can be valuable for every horse

Linda Tellington-Jones

Linda Tellington-Jones is known worldwide as a horse trainer. She has developed effective, versatile and gentle methods, called the TTouch, that positively change the health and behavior of the horse. Her goals are to use gentle touches to build trust and confidence so that we can communicate and learn better together.

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