Learning Through Your Body

Learning Through Your Body

Today, a “Guest” Presentation!  With Robyn Hood and a great little horse

Woohooo!  Something different and fun for you this week.

Here is Robyn Hood (a Tellington TTouch® master instructor, and sister of Linda Tellington-Jones) demonstrating the Tellington TTouch way for how to work with a young horse (in this case, a 2 year old) with a light body rope.  I took this video at the Icelandic Horse Farm during the July 2016 Tellington TTouch “Starting Horses” clinic, in Lavington, B.C.

I’m sharing this video with all of you, horsey folks and non-horsey folks alike, because it is so packed full of great info about LEARNING.  About how living beings – including we humans, horses, dogs, cats, and pretty well all creatures – can learn easiest and best.  And how we generally can learn something best when we learn it within our body,  and done in a way that keeps us in physical and emotional and mental balance.  (And that of course is good for the soul, so all the bases are covered!)

Pretty well everything Robyn says about and does with this lovely little horse and how she is helping him to learn – can be adapted to apply to our human ability to learn something new.  Cool. eh!

As a bit of background info – this lovely horse already had similar body rope work as well as halter work when he was very young (1-2 months old).  Since then he has mainly been running in a herd.

The body rope is a very helpful step to prepare the horse for haltering and leading with a halter. This introduces the horse to the experience of being led – but from his body first, so that he can find his balance in his body.   (A halter can easily unbalance a horse when first used.)

It is likely that if Robyn had put a halter on this horse at this time, he would have become more and more anxious.  So, instead, she “chunks it down” and asks him to do what he is actually able to handle… today.

Because, as anxiousness goes up, learning stops.  So it’s best to find something that meets the learner where they are at and with what they can manage without stress, so that the learner can be successful.   This way of working is a KEY feature of both Tellington TTouch and Feldenkrais work.  🙂

Robyn is working in a small space in order to keep things safe, with two of the horse’s friends close by to help the horse feel a bit more at ease. (His other friends are in the other field, and he is concerned about being separated from them.) She allows the horse to move around, and feel what it is like to be moved by her invitations.

What a lovely way for a young horse to start to work with a person, learn something new, and be introduced to the idea of being led!

If you would like to work with me, or if you simply would like to chat or find out more, get in touch – I’d love to talk with you!


About the Author:

Violet van Hees is a movement freedom specialist who works with people (and with horses) to release tightness and pain, and to transform body "stuckness" into something that you can work with. We then use what emerges to create new freedom and ease in your movement and in what you do, in ways that feel safe and reasonable - and that work - for you. Violet is a Feldenkrais® Practitioner, a Tellington TTouch® Equine Practitioner, and a BCRPA Trainer of Fitness Leaders. She works with a deep interest in and understanding of biomechanics, neuroplasticity, body response to trauma, energy work, and how we learn.