The cooperation with Linda Tellington-Jones has nearly become a tradition for our university. In November, 1989 a demonstration of the TTEAM work had taken place in the Vienna riding institute, organized by Professor Knezevic. The following May another demonstration with special aspects for veterinary medicine was held in the orthopaedic institute. Those who were specially interested could deepen their
Every veterinarian’s heart-beat would increase seeing how relaxed and at ease these “TTEAMed” animals are when they are touched – even at the nostrils, in the mouth, the roof of the mouth – no part of the body is left out. Astonishing also how soon this is possible even with animals that are high strung at the beginning. This makes it much easier to carry out examinations without having to expect aggressive reactions. Using the TTouch method gives us hope to reduce fear and tension and allow for better treatment conditions for the animal. In that matter I am thinking particularly of introducing probes, intravenous injections, and rectum examinations which can be carried out with greater
However, the advantages of the TTEAM method go much further. In tournament sport where you are frequently confronted with stiffness, back problems, balance disturbances and difficulties with coordination, this method opens new possibilities for handling these problems. Of course, it always depends on the cooperation with the owner of the animal, but I think that nowa-days new ways of thinking are accepted in the rider’s quarters. The methods used in the past that have often been based on violence and drill have at last been critically rethought.
Using exploration (feeling and examining the horse’s body) and watching very closely the physical conditions (the spine might not be completely straight, the pelvis might be a bit untrue) weak points can be noticed and more specific ways of treatment can follow. At the same time, notice should be taken of the entire individual’s body, which is a requirement of all “natural” healing methods and should never be neglected. One should be aware of the philosophy of the Feldenkrais principle; after all, why should it not be possible for animals to learn that way too?
There are still further possibilities for the veterinarian with TTEAM, since the improvement of the muscles and movements of the animal are
Linda teaches a special technique for first aid help in the case of acute colic which turned out to be very successful. If the owner of the horse strokes the ears, does the TTouch on the lumbar region the flanks, and the area of the lower belly, or reactivates the peristaltic motion by application of the belly lifts using a girth or a towel, it will give him a chance to do something helpful for his horse, while waiting for the vet or if one is not available. Doing this, in many cases, slight forms of bodily disorders can be cured because the most sensitive acupuncture points indicated for colic are stimulated.
An important point of the TTouch is the improvement of the blood circulation in the treated parts, the faster healing of the wound, the elimination of swellings, and the softening of scars. However, this local hyperaemia is only a superficial aspect of TTouch: the effects of
As a summary, the most important aspects should be emphasized: TTEAM will lead to a reduction of stress, fear, tension, pain, and stubbornness. The animals are helped “to learn the right way of learning,” to increase their potential of self-healing, and to overcome reflexes, e.g. the reflex of fleeing which often can be a great danger for the trainer.
How does the first contact with the horse take place according to TTEAM? At first, the knowledge about characteristic markings on the horse’s head (which results from decades of experience) can give indications of the horse’s personality. That way you can prepare yourself for certain kinds of reactions even if you do not know the horse.
The simplicity, finesse, and exactness of the communication between animal and human being is especially fascinating to me. These factors are brought about by giving fine motor assistance, which requires preciseness in its execution, a clear concept of the aims, and
The Group – As a result of these discoveries a group of interested people, who wanted to work together regularly following the idea of Linda Tellington-Jones, came together at our university. The basic idea for the foundation of the study group comes from Linda herself. We were able to talk to Linda about the relationship between TTEAM and animal medicine when she visited Graz for a seven day training.
Our aim is to integrate the TTEAM thought into the profession of a vet, to deepen the cooperation and to refine the treatment of the animal as a patient. Linda was very pleased that her proposal became reality and promised us further support.
Last year our group met in various stables close to Vienna once or twice a month to work with the horses according to a specific topic. So far the following activities have taken place; watching videos, using TTouch on ourselves and with the horses, doing leg exercises, exercising first-aid with colic, some character-studies, precise studies of ground exercises and ground-driving.
We see ourselves as a study group - a Tellington Team - with the aim to work together and to gather and exchange experiences. Our meetings do not have the status of a course or a demonstration. Beginners with no experience in that field are always welcome. Any
Reprinted from TTEAM News International, Feb. 1992
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