Each year we host a wide variety of clinics at The Icelandic Horse Farm, Robyn’s home turf and headquarters for Tellington TTouch Training Canada.  Our herd of, primarily Icelandic horses – with a few “impostors”, are excellent, friendly teachers who love to meet new admirers.  The farm boasts 360 degree views, a lovely climate, and a comfortable, casual, setting.

We are excited to announce this year’s line up of horse and dog (Companion animal) trainings.

Horse Trainings

 

May 2020

 

Riding with Awareness an Intro to TTouch & Connected Riding: Vernon, BC

May 9, 2020 – May 11, 2020

 

Instructor: Mandy Pretty, Connected Riding Associate Instructor & Tellington TTouch Instructor

Learn how to become more harmonious with your horse on the ground and while in the saddle using Tellington TTouch & Connected Riding techniques. This workshop consists of two days of learning with an optional third day of fun out on the trail.

Combining a variety of learning techniques and exercises, you will become a more balanced, empathetic and effective horse person.  Start with un-mounted Rider Awareness exercises, pre-riding bodywork techniques and gymnasticizing groundwork exercises to prepare your horse and your self for work under saddle.  Once you have become more aware and conscious of bracing patterns and tension patterns take what you have learned to the saddle.  Daily riding lessons make this clinic a fun filled learning experience.

Help yourself and your horse let go of bracing patterns and release tension by finding a more functional “neutral” way of being.

Use one of the farm’s many trustworthy horses or bring your own. Price includes lunches and snacks.  Limited to 6 riders for the two day clinic.  4 spaces available for the optional trail day.

Two Day Workshop: $400 plus gst

Two Day Workshop with trail day: $625 plus gst

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

Choose the Deposit payment option to pay a $200 deposit now and the balance 30 days prior to the start of the training.

For cancellations made more than 30 days in advance of the training, a refund will be given minus a $100 administration fee. No refunds are possible for cancellations less than 30 days prior to the start of the training, unless we can fill your spot.  In some cases credit can go towards subsequent events.

We recommend that you purchase flight and hotel insurance for each event for which you register.

All prices are quoted in Canadian Dollars.

 

June 2020

 

Relaxation & Proprioception: Tellington TTouch & Surefoot Equine Stability Program

June 13 2020 – June 14 2020

 

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

A horse stands on a surefoot stability program pad

 

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.

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!

Choose the Deposit payment option to pay a $200 deposit now and the balance 30 days prior to the start of the training.

For cancellations made more than 30 days in advance of the training, a refund will be given minus a $100 administration fee. No refunds are possible for cancellations less than 30 days prior to the start of the training, unless we can fill your spot.  In some cases credit can go towards subsequent events.

We recommend that you purchase flight and hotel insurance for each event for which you register.

All prices are quoted in Canadian Dollars.

 

July 2020

 

Tellington TTouch for Horses with Connected Riding & Optional Trail Day: Vernon, BC

July 11, 2020  – July 16, 2020 : Plus optional trail riding day July 17

 

Instructors: Robyn Hood, Senior Tellington TTouch Instructor & Mandy Pretty, Connected Riding Associate Instructor & Tellington TTouch Instructor

Connected Riding Lesson at Tellington TTouch Canada

Discover how the combination of the Tellington TTouch Method and Connected Riding will improve performance, well-being, and behavior while enhancing the relationship with your horse on the ground and while riding in the saddle. This intensive hands-on course will give the tools of observation, bodywork, groundwork, and riding that will help you understand and communicate with every horse you work with. This course includes Connected Riding sessions that are complimentary to the Tellington TTouch work on the ground.

 

In addition to Tellington TTouch and Connected Riding principles we will be exploring the use of Wendy Murdoch’s “Surefoot Equine Stability Program” with a variety of Surefoot Pads.  These unique foam pads, of varying densities have been shown to release tension, change postural habits, and enhance proprioception and balance in a passive, non-invasive yet long lasting way.

The regular course runs July 11 through 16 with July 17 being an optional “Bonus Trail Ride Day”  should you wish to extend your experience at the farm.

Use one of the farm’s many trustworthy horses (subject to 180lbs weight limit – please contact us if you have any questions) or bring your own. Limited to 10 riders.  Includes beautiful, homemade Lunch and snacks.

Counts towards Tellington TTouch Practitioner status.

Sign up for the bonus trail day to extend the fun!  Limited to 5 riders.

 

Regular Price: $975 plus gst     With Trail Day: $1150 plus gst

Early Bird Price: $875 plus gst                            $1025 plus gst

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

 

Choose the Deposit payment option to pay a $200 deposit now and the balance 30 days prior to the start of the training.

For cancellations made more than 30 days in advance of the training, a refund will be given minus a $100 administration fee. No refunds are possible for cancellations less than 30 days prior to the start of the training, unless we can fill your spot.  In some cases credit can go towards subsequent events.

We recommend that you purchase flight and hotel insurance for each event for which you register.

All prices are quoted in Canadian Dollars.

 

Problem Solving for Horses: The Tellington Way

July 25, 2020- July 27, 2020

 

Instructors: Robyn Hood, Senior Tellington TTouch Instructor &
Mandy Pretty, Connected Riding Associate Instructor & Tellington TTouch Instructor, co-author of “Training & Re-training Horse the Tellington Way

Three handlers ground drive a horse the Tellington TTouch way.

Do you and your horse struggle with specific issues under saddle or on the ground?  Is trailer loading a source of stress?  Are seemingly simple requests difficult for your horse?

Learn the easy, effective, respectful and safe way to start or re-educate a horse with the versatile and integrative, Tellington TTouch Method.  Regardless of your prior horse training experience, this workshop will provide you with the skills to quietly, respectfully, and safely, prepare a horse for work under saddle or help overcome issues with previously trained horses.

Use one of the farm’s many different horses and/or your own horse to learn the foundations of the Tellington TTouch Method in its most practical application.  You will put these skills into practice as you use the four pillars of the method; observation/attitude, bodywork, groundwork, and tools under saddle.

Incorporate TTouch Bodywork to help build trust and release tension; TTouch Ground Exercise, including ground driving,to improve balance, coordination, and responsiveness; the Playground of Higher Learning to teache horses how to act rather than react; and the Joy of Riding tools to help make the transition to work under saddle easy and fun, for even the most reluctant equine!

These exercises and techniques prepare the horses for their first time under saddle or provides a previously started horse with a new, positive outlook on working with people.

Counts towards Tellington TTouch Practitioner status.  Beautiful, homemade, lunches and snacks are included in price.

Choose the Deposit payment option to pay a $200 deposit now and the balance 30 days prior to the start of the training.

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

 

Regular Price: $450 plus gst

Early Bird Price: $410 plus gst

 

For cancellations made more than 30 days in advance of the training, a refund will be given minus a $100 administration fee. No refunds are possible for cancellations less than 30 days prior to the start of the training, unless we can fill your spot.  In some cases credit can go towards subsequent events.

We recommend that you purchase flight and hotel insurance for each event for which you register.

All prices are quoted in Canadian Dollars.

 

September 2020

 

Icelandic Trail Riding Experience

September 19, 2020  – September 21, 2020

 

Teacher: Mandy Pretty, Connected Riding Associate Instructor & Tellington TTouch Instructor

Two Icelandic horses ridden in a lake.Brand new for 2020, we are excited for this unique 3 day experience.  Learn how to become more harmonious with your horse “off piste”, exploring the varied trails around the farm and the local area, like Kalamalka Provincial Park and Timber Ridge Trails.  Enjoy the amazing temperament, smooth gaits, and unparalleled character of the Icelandic Horse in their favorite environment, exploring the trail!

Riding one of our wonderful farm ambassadors, you will enjoy the spectacular local scenery, feel the thrill of brisk gallops, and gain an appreciation for the Icelandic horse’s smooth natural gaits.

In addition to a great deal of fun, Connected Riding concepts will help yourself and your horse let go of bracing patterns and release tension by finding a more functional “neutral” way of being.

The intimate group setting allow for great learning flexibility.  In addition to the trail you will have to option of exploring any number of subjects from TTouch bodywork, Connected work in hand, the Surefoot Equine Stability Program, trail obstacles, basic jumping and more, depending on the interests of the group.

End your days in the saddle with one of Mandy’s legendary cheese/charcuterie boards and a cold glass of local wine, or other cold beverage of your choice.

Beautiful homemade snacks and lunches are included.

Not suitable for beginners however we will always keep the rides within the comfort zone of everyone’s abilities.  Riders should be comfortable riding at all gaits and have ridden out of an arena.  For our horse’s well-being, we have a 180lbs weight limit for all riders.

 

Three Day Experience: $875 plus gst

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

Choose the Deposit payment option to pay a $200 deposit now and the balance 30 days prior to the start of the training.

For cancellations made more than 30 days in advance of the training, a refund will be given minus a $100 administration fee. No refunds are possible for cancellations less than 30 days prior to the start of the training, unless we can fill your spot.  In some cases credit can go towards subsequent events.

We recommend that you purchase flight and hotel insurance for each event for which you register.

All prices are quoted in Canadian Dollars.

Dog (Companion Animal) Trainings

 

March 2020

Tellington TTouch for Dogs: Edmonton, AB   *Note that this is not located at The Icelandic Horse Farm

March 21, 2020 – March 22, 2020

 

Teacher: Robyn Hood, Senior Tellington TTouch Method Instructor

Location: Harvard Paw, St. Albert (Edmonton area), AB

A husky cross dog wears a tellington ttouch bodywrap

Enhance your dog training with the Tellington TTouch Method, an integrative approach to everyday issues and the overall well-being of your dog.

Professionals and casual dog lovers alike will benefit from the amount of knowledge and variety of practical techniques taught this class!  The most common issues confronting professionals, trainers and dog owners will be addressed as you learn and build on the fundamentals of Tellington TTouch Bodywork, Groundwork, and Observation. The Tellington TTouch Method can be incredibly effective in reducing typical issues such as leash pulling, anxiety, reactivity, separation concerns, stiffness, fear of strangers, just to name a few.

This is an ideal method to help enhance positive dog training modalities. Bring your own dog or work with a visiting canine.

Can count towards necessary “hands-on” days for the upcoming Online Practitioner Training.

 

$350.00 plus gst

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

Choose the Deposit payment option to pay a $200 deposit now and the balance 30 days prior to the start of the training

 

For cancellations made more than 30 days in advance of the training, a refund will be given minus a $100 administration fee. No refunds are possible for cancellations less than 30 days prior to the start of the training, unless we can fill your spot.  In some cases credit can go towards subsequent events.

We recommend that you purchase flight and hotel insurance for each event for which you register.

All prices in Canadian dollars.

 

June 2020

 

Loose Leash Skills: Tellington TTouch Leashwork for Dogs

June 6, 2020  – June 7, 2020

Instructor: Robyn Hood, Senior Tellington TTouch Method Instructor

Does walking your dog fill you with more distress than joy?  Learn the gentle, integrative techniques of the Tellington TTouch Method to help achieve “loose leash walking” with dogs of all ages and sizes.  Enjoy the positive, fun filled learning environment that looks at dog training in an all encompassing, whole, way.

Learn the root causes of leash pulling and gain new skill to makes walks fun and enjoyable for you and your dog.  Professional dog trainers and casual dog lovers alike will benefit from the variety of practical techniques and unique approaches learned in this class!  Simple bodywork techniques to enhance relaxation and balance plus innovative leash work exercises help to address on lead issues at the root level for long term, positive changes.

Instructor, Robyn Hood, travels internationally teaching dog owners and professionals of all backgrounds.  Her fun, inclusive, teaching style and vast knowledge provides participants with new tools and approaches to achieve harmonious and cooperative relationships with their dogs without force or punishment.

Beautiful, homemade lunches and snacks are included.  Can count towards Online Track Practitioner Certification “Hands On” credit.

2 Day: $325

Pay before March 1, 2020 to receive Early Bird Savings – choose “Early Bird” when selecting your options.                   

Choose the Deposit payment option to pay a $200 deposit now and the balance 30 days prior to the start of the training.

For cancellations made more than 30 days in advance of the training, a refund will be given minus a $100 administration fee. No refunds are possible for cancellations less than 30 days prior to the start of the training, unless we can fill your spot.  In some cases credit can go towards subsequent events.

We recommend that you purchase flight and hotel insurance for each event for which you register.

All prices are quoted in Canadian Dollars.

 

July 2020

 

Tellington TTouch for Dogs (Companion Animals)

July 4 2020 – July 8 2020 (or July 4 – July 6)

 

Instructors: Robyn Hood, Senior Tellington TTouch Method Instructor and Kathy Cascade, Tellington TTouch Method Instructor for Companion Animals and founder of S.A.N.E. Solutions for Reactive Dogs

Enjoy the positive, fun filled learning environment that looks at dog training in an all encompassing, whole, way.  This workshop can serve as an introduction to the Tellington TTouch Method for Dogs (and other Companion Animals) and build and refine the skills of more experienced students. A 2 or 5 day format is available.

Professionals dog trainers and casual dog lovers alike will benefit from the variety of practical techniques and unique approaches learned in this class! Develop and build on the fundamentals of Tellington TTouch Bodywork, Groundwork, and Observation skills.  These skills address the most common issues confronting dog owners, trainers, and other professionals; in a forward thinking, positive manner.

The most common issues confronting professionals, trainers and dog owners will be addressed as you learn and build on the fundamentals of Tellington TTouch Bodywork, Groundwork, and Observation.  This is an ideal method to help enhance positive dog training modalities. Bring your own dog or work with one at the course.  There will also be the opportunity to work with other species, such as horses, in a safe, confidence building way. Part of the ongoing TTouch Practitioner Training, suitable for new and returning students. Offered as a 3 or 5 day program.

Beautiful, homemade lunches and snacks are included.

 

3-Day: $575 plus 5% GST,

5-Day (Session 1 ): $800 plus 5% GST

5 Day (Session 2 – 6) $900 plus 5% GST

 

Pay before March 1, 2020 to receive Early Bird Savings.             

Choose the Deposit payment option to pay a $200 deposit now and the balance 30 days prior to the start of the training.

For cancellations made more than 30 days in advance of the training, a refund will be given minus a $100 administration fee. No refunds are possible for cancellations less than 30 days prior to the start of the training, unless we can fill your spot.  In some cases credit can go towards subsequent events.

We recommend that you purchase flight and hotel insurance for each event for which you register.

All prices quoted in Canadian dollars.

 

Questions?  Please get in touch!