Synopses & Reviews
Dressage has long been a means to accessing the greatest partnership on earth: that of human and horse. But today it is challenged and changed by the critique of both the competitive arena and the online global community. Riders and trainers are motivated for different reasons and exposed to new and powerful pressures. Technology urges us into a world of instant gratification and nurtures a faster-is-better mentality—and this is the round hole into which the square peg of dressage struggles to fit.
Linda Tellington-Jones has worked with top dressage competitors and horses form all over the world during the course of her amazing career, which now spans more than 40 years. Through the Tellington Method, Linda has provided tools riders and trainers can use to better a horse’s attention span and ability to learn; surmount behavioral and training challenges; improve flexibility, balance, and way-of-going; and recover from injury or illness.
In the pages of this unique book, Linda combines her understanding of horses, her world-famous TTouch bodywork, her proven groundwork techniques, and her innovative methods under saddle with exciting ideas specifically for the dressage rider and trainer. Her intriguing ways of looking at the Classical Training Scale, her tips for harnessing the power of intent, and the guiding principles in her Circle of Well-Being provide desperately needed keys to keeping dressage horses happy, healthy, and performing their best.
To demonstrate how the Tellington Method can be practically applied to the dressage horse, Linda shares more than 20 problem-solving stories, featuring the world-class riders, trainers, and horses with whom she has worked. In addition, she includes techniques to help riders improve their ability to focus, cultivate habits of observation and patience, and practice the arts of understanding and thankfulness with both their horse and other human beings.
Linda’s methods hold the promise of a new generation of dressage horses who love their work, thrive in it, and demonstrate soundness of mind and body. She dares to innovate while adhering to what time has tested and proven successful. Dressage with Mind, Body and Soul bears a message of true horsemanship certain to resonate, whatever level you ride and whatever language you speak, wherever you are in the equestrian world.
“With 182 color photos and 43 diagrams, this new book includes Linda’s look at the Classical Training Scale, her tips for harnessing the power of intent, and the guiding principles of her Circle of Well-Being—tips to keeping dressage horses healthy, happy, and performing their best. She shares more than 20 problem-solving stories, featuring world-class riders, trainers and horses.”—Lone Star Horse Report
“While Tellington-Jones’ book is explicitly oriented toward dressage, her insight into communication and understanding how the horse responds is essential to any equestrian discipline.”—Mid-South Horse Review
"Frankly, our riding improved after absorbing this book. We rode with greater mindfulness and clearer intent. ... Bottom line: This book is a keeper." —Karen Havis, Horse Journal
"[T]he book was wonderful. ... Linda's techniques are proven ways for riders to communicate and bond with their horses, making them a combined team, loyal to each other and better together." —Megan Rust, horsenation.com
"A new approach to the classical methods of training dressage horses--methods that can cause the animals undue physical and emotional distress--these powerful new techniques from world-renowned horse trainer and behaviorist Linda Tellington-Jones improve not only the dressage horse's performance but also its well-being. The guide employs the author's legendary TTouch method and features practical dressage-training information on topics such as relaxing the overly touchy horse, focusing the overly playful horse, improving balance and transitions, and solving problems with stage fright. In addition to the providing the tips and techniques needed to ensure that the horse relishes its role in the art of dressage, numerous case studies of the top horses, riders, and trainers Tellington-Jones has worked with in her career are also included"--
“Linda Tellington-Jones is one of the finest horsewomen we’ve ever met. It’s not often you meet someone like her. A lot of people want to help horses, but Linda has an ability to instinctively read horse, understand them, and determine what they want and need—and teach others to do what she does. Using her TTouches for a few minutes before you begin work with your horse establishes a fundamental connection at the start of your training session. It’s not only spending time, it’s spending good
time. Most everything we do with our dressage and liberty horses now includes TTouch. We use it every time we have a little problem, if our horses are tense or seem tired. And even when there isn’t a problem, it helps us establish a deep connection with our horses. It is a part of all our work.”—Frédéric Pignon and Magali Delgado, the original stars of Cavalia
and authors of Gallop to Freedom
3 WAYS DRESSAGE CAN BE BETTER FOR HORSE AND RIDER
GROUND EXERCISES • TTOUCH • RIDDEN WORK
“Foremost in Linda’s technique is the idea of trust—inspiring trust in the horse, nurturing that trust, and helping it evolve into a base so strong that your riding partnership can withstand all manner of challenges from without and within.”—From the Foreword by Ingrid Klimke, trainer, author, and Gold-Medal-winning Olympian
About the Author
is the internationally recognized equine expert who developed the Tellington Method approach to healing, training, and communicating that can be learned and practiced by horsemen and women of all levels. She was honored as the 1994 Horsewoman of the Year by the North American Horsemen's Association and presented with the ARICP Lifetime Achievement Award, given annually to a person who profoundly affects the equine world in a positive manner. Linda has worked with many top dressage riders from around the world over the course of her career, including Klaus Balkenhol and his daughter Anabel; Ingrid Klimke and her father, the late Dr. Reiner Klimke; Carl Hester; Nicole Uphoff; Kyra Kyrklund; Robert Dover; and Charlotte Bredahl-Baker, to name just a few. Linda is the author of numerous books and DVD programs, including the bestselling The Ultimate Horse Behavior and Training Book
and TTouch for Dressage with Klaus Balkenhol and Nicole Uphoff,
and she routinely travels worldwide teaching her methods. When not on the road, she lives in Hawaii.
Rebecca M. Didier is an editor and author, and a writer, blogger, and graphic designer, as well as a lifelong horsewoman. Rebecca has worked at Trafalgar Square Books, the leading publisher of equestrian books and DVDs, since 2002, and has also recently explored the joys of freelance writing and graphic design with her business "Rude Girl Ink and Design." Rebecca lives in the Boston area with her husband, son, and Redbone Coonhound.