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    01-11-2011, 08:32 PM
Green Broke
Speaking of TTouch...

What are people's opinions on this method?

Is there a specific place I can start? A book or dvd?

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    01-12-2011, 02:50 PM
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?
    01-12-2011, 03:05 PM
I received a couple of Linda Tellington-Jones' books for Christmas, as I was interested in educating myself further on natural horsemanship.

The first one is called 'Getting in T touch: Understand and Influence Your Horse's Personality '. As CharliGirl stated is more about studying a horses different behavioral traits based on physical attributes such as whirls, shapes of ears, eyes etc. For the most part, my guy’s behavior matched up with her findings.

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.
    01-12-2011, 03:08 PM
Those swirls are called Whorls and there was an article about them in a horse magazine. It was saying how they meant different things. Who knows...

In Ireland we have to put how many and where our horses whorls are on the horse passport to identify them :p
    01-12-2011, 04:07 PM
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.
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    01-12-2011, 06:43 PM
Green Broke
    01-30-2011, 12:26 AM
I think it doesnt totally calm the horse down but it does relax them a bit ;)
    01-30-2011, 12:56 AM
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.

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