I personally think that this method is a little out there. I picked up a Tellington-Jones book at my local library and was surprised at what I found in it. I forget the title of the book I looked at, but they said that hair swirls in different areas of the body meant the horse had behavioral traits that accompanied them. A bit weird...
All of the different "touches" are meant for different situations--its all really complicated. Personally, I don't think my horses care if I pet them with just my flat hand as opposed to three fingers, half my palm, and the tip of my thumb.
Maybe I'm misinterpreting this program--maybe it works well for others?
It was an interesting read, but I think the book that would be more suited to what you are looking for (and a great place to start) would be 'Getting in Touch with Horses: How to Assess and Influence Personality, Potential and Performance'. I can tell you this; my ear-shy gelding now lets me rub his ears with no fuss. Last week he managed to get a 2" piece of hay stuck in his ear and let me pick it out without even flinching. A big improvement from his usual head-tossing behavior. To each is their own, I really liked the book and the methods, although, they are all very similar, and so many different touches can be used for the same issues, so there is a lot of cross-referencing, but it may be worth it to grab a copy form the library to check it out. If you like it enough, then perhaps purchase it.
I'm sorry, I just got home and looked at the book and realized I gave you the wrong title. Rather than 'Getting in Touch with Horses: How to Assess and Influence Personality, Potential and Performance ', check out 'the Ultimate Horse Behavior and Training Book'. This is the one I have, that I should have initially referred you to. Posted via Mobile Device
I haven't ever really tried the whole training method surrounding it, but I have done some of the touches and massages on horses I've had, and it definitely helps them relax, and become a bit more receptive to whatever I'm doing. I'm one of those people that takes a little bit from every training method I've seen, book I've read, people I've talked to, and applied it to whatever horse I'm training, as each horse is different, and I think that in the right situations, the TTouch is actually very effective.