Originally Posted by ScharmLily
I have a few questions.
How many times do you repeat this motion during a session? Also, how often should you do this for it to be effective?
As always, I am intrigued by any method that I have not heard of. I am familiar with the TTouch method, but have recently become, I guess I would say, more into this line of thinking since I have seen the positive difference that alternative therapies have made in myself. I will admit that before I thought it was all a bunch of bunk ;)
Well Linda and Peggy remain good friends and regularly promote each others work though both very different.
Her sister Robyn is a lovely woman, and has an excellent feel for the horse.
Anyway, in answer to your question, I would suggest that you need to do this at least 3 times per week to be effective. However it does not need to be for long. The thing is with this sort of work you are simply making then horse aware of itself, and the need to balance etc in a passive way. Therefore it is the time between that actually counts. So after you have finished the horse has to process what it has felt. That is actually what makes the difference. Most horses have poor proprioception. Its not important to a flight animal designed for the plains, in comparison with something that jumps from tree to tree like a monkey or a squirrel for example. We are improving that.
In terms of how long, ideally just until you get the 'release'. I wouldn't try it more than say 3 times if you can't get a release at first. Sometimes the horse is so stiff they physically can't release for a few sessions, but they will. It's not the action we are after it's the result which is the release. So don't push it and let the horse find it naturally.
Like bending over to reach your toes. I can force you down, but you will brace and probably fall over after losing balance. Instead I am looking for you to learn to relax, bend, and regain your own balance as you go down.
As I said once they get it, it's an amazing bonding exercise. Talking of Robyn, I was training with her at Sara Fishers place here in the UK, when they had an ex police horse in who had been set on fire in a riot and left for dead in a ditch. That horse literally had the equine equivalent of a nervous breakdown. 3 weeks and he was riding and trusting again. This sort of work really helps the trust and bond. That was televised actually for a Uk program called the One Show, I'll have to see if I can find a clip. Beautiful horse. (I'll blank over my own face lol)