Linda Tellington-Jones Body Wrap

I’ve used a Body Wrap before on a horse and found it very helpful for a horse relearning balance during our groundwork. Dante has issues with knowing what space his body inhabits, and I think the Body Wrap will be helpful as it gives a physical sensation to the horse’s muscular system as the horse moves with gently “holding” them together from front to back.

The Body Wrap can be made out of elastic Ace Bandages and while LTJ shows her with colors on this video, for me I will go with what I can get locally. Each connecting tie is done with a quick release so it can be easily removed.

Before I begin with discussing this, I want to point out something: any training method can become abusive. Please read this again: ANY TRAINING METHOD CAN BECOME ABUSIVE.

I like LTJ and her work however, one dressage instructor I know had attended a clinic years ago and found the Body Wrap very constrictive on her horse. Her horse expressed a lot of unhappiness at the clinic which her owner felt was ignored by the clinic’s facilitators. Hence this instructor left the clinic feeling all of LTJ’s work is nonsense.

The level of tolerance your horse has to this Wrap or how much it helps has to be determined by you! The Body Wrap would have done nothing but piss Z off but for Tristan it was helpful when he was rehabbing after his Pelvic Fracture.

I also think it is worth a try especially for clumsy horses, horses dealing with neurological disorders or those recovering from physical issues because it improves physical awareness of the body and connects front to back movements. I’ve found it especially helpful in groundwork and in-hand work where you are taking it slow, such as walking over poles, in order to teach a movement or exercise.

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I did go to a week long training and had mixed feelings about it (Linda herself was not giving the training). I was ignored, as well as the rest of the group, for one person who dominated the instructor’s time. To tell you the truth, I had been considering becoming certified but after that experience, where I was treated like a red-headed step child, I decided that pursing this direction would have been a waste of money.

I also felt the exercises were rushed and the horses had to submit in order for the human part of the clinic to be instructed. Especially the Mouthwork I thought was done roughly with little consideration for the horse.

This seems to be a common theme with clinics – in order to get a lot done, horses are often treated too much like a machine – go here and do that. There is no time for quietness, slowness or reflection upon the exercise, which IMO kinda defeats the purpose of this type of work in the first place.

Overall, I think LTJ has some great things to offer and is worth checking out! But like all trainers and instructional advice you need to measure it against your own observations and situations.

Note: While I discuss Linda Tellington-Jones TTeam and TTouch methods with horses, I am expressing only my opinion and experiences related to her public materials – such as her books, DVD’s, online YouTube videos, her public blog,  etc…  Although I have taken a TTeam training, I am not yet certified by Linda Tellington-Jones. 

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