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Relaxation & Proprioception: Tellington TTouch & Surefoot Equine Stability Program

June 13, 2020 @ 9:00 am - June 14, 2020 @ 5:00 pm

Robyn Hood uses a TTouch neck release on her Icelandic horse

Instructor: Mandy Pretty – Tellington TTouch Instructor & Accredited Surefoot Practitioner

Location: Coldstream, BC (The Icelandic Horse Farm)


Discover simple and effective techniques for enhancing your horse’s relaxation, release of tension, and overall balance with a combination of Tellington TTouch bodywork (TTouch) exercises and the revolutionary Surefoot Equine Stability Program pads.

TTouch uses light, non-invasive and non-habitual movements of the tissue and extremities to release tension in the body while affecting change at the level of the nervous system.  Everyday horse people and life long professionals alike can utilize these simple exercises into their horsemanship to achieve better posture, a reduction in tension, and overall improvement in behaviour.

The Surefoot Equine Stability Program is a unique, innovative way for the horse to be his own teacher. Developed by Wendy Murdoch, this revolutionary way of improving your horse’s balance, confidence, movement and performance shows that the horse is always present and ready to learn if we can only find ways to access his intelligence. This approach allows the horse to experience his own habitual patterns of movement and provides the horse with an opportunity to explore and learn new ways of standing on his feet and utilizing the ground for greater ease, comfort and confidence.

With SURE FOOT, using a variety of stability and balance pads, horses discover how they are habitually standing. The pad gives under the horse’s weight bringing his attention to where he is placing his feet and providing new information to the balancing part of his nervous system. With this awareness the horse explores, shifts and alters his habitual patterns of standing and moving by himself, ultimately choosing a more secure and effective way to stand and move. The horse retrains himself to stand better without human interference.

Impression Pad two hooves

In addition to reprogramming the balancing portion of the brain, there is obviously an affect on the instinctive part of the brain. While it cannot be fully explained, there is a calming effect, shifting the horse from the fight & flight reaction or sympathetic autonomic nervous system (ANS) response to the grazing or parasympathetic (ANS) response. Some horses experience an even deeper level of relaxation believed to be caused by a release of endorphins somehow triggered by standing on the pads. In some cases a gentle swaying is observed while the horse is standing on the pads.

These exercises are a great way to enhance your relationship with your horse, increase the efficacy of current body work routines, and improve balance, proprioception and performance.

Bring your own horse or learn the techniques on one of the farm’s cooperative, gentle, horses.



$300.00 plus gst, includes homemade lunches and snacks.


Register by March 1, 2020 for an Early Bird discount!






Questions?  Please get in touch!




June 13, 2020 @ 9:00 am
June 14, 2020 @ 5:00 pm
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Robyn Hood


Icelandic Horse Farm
5435 Rochdell Rd
Coldstream, BC V1B 3E8 Canada
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