TTEAM for Equines
Julie Taylor-Browne is a P1 Equine TTEAM Practitioner and is qualified to give one day courses and to work with horses and owners on a one-to-one basis. She trained at the Tteam Training centre in the UK, Tilley Farm, near Bath and she has worked with a variety of equines including miniature donkeys, Shetland Ponies, rescued mules, Icelandic Horses, show ponies, Eventers, thoroughbreds and working horses such as Fells and Shires. She has a particular soft spot for Arab Horses and has started Arabs for trail riding in Wyoming and Kansas.
For details of TTeam courses see the Training page
She can help start your youngster or help your veteran horse with their mobility and much more in between!
What is TTEAM?
The Tellington Touch Equine Awareness Method (TTEAM) is a teaching method for horses that incorporates body work (TTOUCH), ground exercises and riding exercises to help improve co-ordination, balance, and athletic ability whilst deepening further communication and understanding between the horse and its owner/carer
TTEAM helps increase levels of self confidence and self-control and has been used successfully for:
- sore backs
- nervousness or tension
- inconsistent performance
- lameness or unevenness of stride
- resistance to the vet and farrier
- bucking and rearing
- clipping, pulling manes, giving injections
- head tossing and tail wringing
- pulling back when tied
- resistance to grooming or saddling
- stubbornness or laziness
Developed by Linda Tellington-Jones, TTEAM is used widely in many countries across the world by Olympic dressage riders, pleasure riders, trainers, veterinarians, therapists and horse owners.
- TTEAM techniques gently guide the horse through non-habitual exercises that can alter existing habitual patterns. As posture affects behaviour, many owners and carers note that unwanted behaviour diminishes as the horse's posture improves. TTEAM teaches the horse to act, rather than simply re-act.
- TTEAM blends well with many other modalities and training methods. It is not necessary to adopt the whole TTEAM philosophy in order to make a difference to a horse. Learning just a few of the simple body TTouches and movements can help make a difference to a horse's life.
- TTEAM is not a replacement for appropriate veterinary attention and should never be used as such. If you suspect that the horse in your care has a physical problem please consult your veterinary surgeon.
The Three Phases of TTEAM
TTEAM offers a training approach that encourages optimal performance. TTEAM horses demonstrate marked improvement in athletic skills and an increased willingness to work and ability to perform. Owners can learn how best to help their horse by working with a trained Practitioner.
1. TTOUCH Work
Body TTouches find areas in the horse's body that indicate tension, fear of contact or discomfort. Specific movements and TTouches are used to improve circulation, release tension, calm and promote a greater sense of well being. TTEAM reduces the physical and mental stress created by human contact, handling, environment and other sub-optimum environmental conditions. It reduces chronic pain and poor functioning, which also cause stress.
Injuries often leave a holding pattern of pain and impaired function in the injured area. This pattern persists below awareness long after healing is complete, blocks aware use of that body part and thereby creates stress on distant areas, which must overwork to compensate. Such chronic distress affects general health, 'mood' and behaviour.
The Tellington TTouch helps to relieve tension, fear of contact, soreness or discomfort and transforms nervous, spooky or resistant horses and improves attitude, behaviour and performance. With TTouch your horse will enjoy learning and cooperate willingly. TTouch has been used extensively to speed healing and recovery from injury and illness in horses and in all animals, including humans.
The TTouch techniques for first-aid also offers animal owners an invaluable tool. Hundreds of case histories about emergencies with colic, illness or injury demonstrate the value of TTEAM work with the ears to keep a horse out of shock or to bring a horse out of shock while waiting for the vet.
2. Ground Exercises
TTEAM leading exercises enable the horse to override old patterns of movement and behaviour without the use of fear or force. The ground work improves co-ordination, confidence, focus, self control, balance and co-operation. With the TTEAM approach, a series of Ground Exercises enable a horse to override old patterns and to learn without fear or force. Using a variety of obstacles including labyrinth, ground poles and plastic, TTEAM exercises result in self-control, focus, self-confidence, cooperation, balance and coordination. Moreover, eleven unique ways of leading a horse provide opportunities for both horse and rider to increase ability and coordination.
3. Riding Exercises
TTEAM riding techniques combine Linda Tellington Jones's 30 years of classical riding experience with her unique training method to increase the comfort, performance and confidence of horse and rider. TTEAM has developed several unique tools like the Balance Rein, the Neckring and the TTEAM Training rollerbit to encourage the well-being of the horse. TTEAM can increase the comfort, performance and confidence of both horse and rider.
We sell a range of TTEAM equipment including the TTEAM Roller Bit, the Lindell Bitless Bridle and the ever popular Jelly scrubber grooming mitt as well as Body wraps (shown above) and TTEAM training wands.
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Immediate and Cumulative Benefits from Tellington TTouch Program Reflected in the EEG of An Anxious Mare
by Robin Bernhard, LCSW, MEd, Sandy Rakowitz, Jessica Eure, MEd, EdS