Julie Jené, horse trainer, equine arts instructor, and certified TT.E.A.M. practitioner, combined her 20 years of participation in the horse world, her search for more effective training methods and her desire to pass this information on to others when she encountered TT.E.A.M. thirty years ago.
A lifetime horsewoman, horse teacher and TTEAM Practitioner Julie had many experiences as a teenager that made her realize that horses are capable of understanding, learning and connecting far beyond what she was taught. The training methods of the time relied on dominance and submission, force, and (for “kind and gentle” trainers) manipulation a lot of repetition. Who has not heard the phrase “show ‘em who’s the boss”? Julie found herself asking the question, “Then what?” What if they still didn’t do what the human had in mind? Could the problem be with the human? What about other factors: the physical, emotional, or even external issues being the problem that led to “disobedience”?
A three part article in Equus Magazine in 1981 entitled “The Touch that Teaches” opened her eyes to a wonderful new perspective on horse teaching. A weekend demonstration by Linda Tellington-Jones showed a way to enhance the physical and mental abilities of the horse resulting in mental focus, coordination, balance and learning in ways that made horses want to learn more. Julie saw people TEACHING rather than training through rote repetition. Linda demonstrated new ways of presenting information to horses through non-habitual activities, exercises and movements resulting in calm, thinking horses with a sense of responsibility, who were then able to apply lessons to new situations and problems.
Julie discovered ways to prevent and solve problems in training through relieving discomfort in the body of the horse as well as enhancing physical and mental ability through working with the horse’s unique type of intelligence. She found that using TT.E.A.M. to open new forms of communication between humans and other animals is exciting and gratifying.
Trained by Linda Tellington-Jones and her sister Robyn Hood, Julie practices and teaches these techniques at her training facility near Spokane and in workshops around the United States and Canada. Most people are able to learn and utilize TT.E.A.M. techniques in a very short time, helping to alleviate pain, fear and tension and restoring calm and confidence. TT.E.A.M. techniques work without pain, fear or force creating a partnership between humans and the animals we care for.
TT.E.A.M. / Tellington TTouch Training was developed by internationally know teacher, trainer and author Linda Tellington-Jones. She created this revolutionary technique for animals inspired by her four years of professional training with Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais and his work on the method of functional integration and body work. It is an alternative approach to training horses that relieves pain or tension in the horse's body, often the cause of resistances and behavior problems, through non-threatening manipulations known as TTouch. TTouch combines with unique TTEAM Ground and Awareness Exercises and Riding with Awareness Techniques, frequently resulting in permanent changes in personality, behavior and improved performance. Even problems that are commonly considered in the horse world to be unchangeable can often be solved using the three phases of TTEAM.
The TT.E.A.M. techniques are rapidly becoming known as an effective and gentle approach to solving behavior problems in companion animals, zoo animals and other exotic species and have come to be called the "Tellington-Jones Every Animal Method"!