International Horse Training Phenoms Frederic Pignon and Magali Delgado Talk About Using Tellington TTouch in Dressage and Liberty Work

Frederic Pignon and Linda Tellington-Jones apply TTouches to one of Frederic's horses.

Frederic Pignon and Linda Tellington-Jones apply TTouches to one of Frederic’s horses.

Liberty trainer Frederic Pignon and his wife, dressage rider Magali Delgado, authors of the bestselling book GALLOP TO FREEDOM, are sparkling examples of how, as human beings, we can still come to know and understand our horses in a way that allows us to “dance” together without one dance partner becoming diminished in any way. Frederic and Magali are naturally gifted horsemen who have honed their abilities to keenly read their horses and so train them to accomplish great things and perform wondrous acts—all through the act of “play” rather than through the use of pressure.

One technique that Frederic and Magali have come to use in all their dressage and liberty work is the Tellington TTouch—the form of bodywork developed by word-renowned animal behaviorist and horse trainer Linda Tellington-Jones.

“Linda is one of the finest horsewomen we’ve ever met,” say Frederic and Magali. “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 horses, 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.”

Magali Delgado and Linda perform TTouches on one of Magali's horses.

Magali Delgado and Linda perform TTouches on one of Magali’s horses.

Frederic and Magali are featured in Linda’s new book DRESSAGE WITH MIND, BODY & SOUL—due out February 1, 2013. Alongside Linda they explore how the idea of “play” can be used in formal dressage training and be an integral part of the development of top performance horses who are sound of mind, healthy in body, and enjoying the sport you pursue together, every step of the way.

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3 comments

  1. Jill Whitt · January 11, 2013

    I hate to say this, but I thought these people are supposed to be horsemen, Please look at the first photo. The one with the horse with the rope halter and two people. The type of hater that they are using is supposed to be tied in a certain way to be safe and untieable in case the horse pulls back. The halter in the picture is tied incorrectly and in a panic situation will cause the knot to tighten down and have to be cut off. Shame on these people.

    • horseandriderbooks.com · January 11, 2013

      Hi Jill, Since we cannot see the entire photo, and since we weren’t present at the time of the photo’s taking, we at TSB feel very comfortable saying that we are certain these two extremely kind and conscientious horse people who work very hard to teach others horse-friendly methods of training all over the world, were working with both safety and the horse’s best interests in mind.

  2. ros · September 1, 2013

    Frederic and Linda are the two best horsemen in the world – SAFE to say that.

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