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 TESTIMONIALS > A Groom Teaches Ttouch To Fellow Grooms!
Testimonial By: Lindy Dekker        Publish Date: 2002-06-01

Lindy Dekker, a soon to be Practitioner for Horses and new organizer for the TTEAM clinics was a real pioneer last year when she brought Oscar, her groom on a 5 day Horse Training. Oscar was recently invited to address some grooms about TTouch and gentle handling methods. Here is Lindy’s letter:

Hi Eugenie,
I promised to let you know how it went ....
Oscar and I went along to the groom’s course to give an introduction to the practical application of some of the TTEAM work. Oscar started by explaining about brushing horses. He showed them the Jelly scrubber and then let them all feel the comparison between a dandy brush and the jelly scrubber on their own arms. As Oscar was able to do all the explanations in Zulu a lot of discussion ensued. He certainly gave the grooms a stern talking to about how they must love the horses and not hurt them. With much arm waving and exclamations - he later explained that he tried to get the message through that when you are brushing a horse and it runs around the stable with its ears back and teeth bared it is not just being ’a naughty horse’, but there is a strong possibility that you are hurting him/her. He also showed them the use of a warm towel for grooming horses that are really sensitive, as well as how well it lifts the dirt - especially in Johannesburg where we have such fine dust in winter.

After that we went on to doing ear work, and again much discussion as some of the grooms have horses who were being twitched to have their ears clipped. Oscar explained again how to be patient and work up slowly from the head or neck and start with just a few ear slides until the horses are no longer so afraid and actually enjoy the feel. He explained how useful ear work was for colic and shock. The bath towel was then produced and they all had a go at belly lifts - again as a practical demonstration of what they could do while waiting for the vet. (Note-belly lifts are particularly successful in treating colic in horses)
We finished off with leg circles - showing the grooms how to pick up the feet and then do a few leg circles when cleaning the hooves.
It was a really wonderful experience to have such a lot of animated discussion and Oscar was also really happy to be able to share his knowledge and experience for the good of the horses. Tomorrow he is getting two people on the Advanced-grooming course coming to visit so he will show them the same thing.
Lynda has already asked Oscar if he’ll do this again for the October course and he is really happy to do it. It is great how Oscar is so inspired by the work and is so keen to help other people help their horses too.


Editor’s Note: Lindy is now a Practitioner 2 for Horses and a Practitioner 1 for Companion Animals.

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