• Put your horse at ease with gentle, proven techniques

    Recognize nervousness in your horse and use Tellington Method techniques, acupressure and flower essences to help your horse become balanced.

  • Stay calm and grounded while working with your horse

    Learn quick, practical self-care techniques for staying relaxed, centered, and confident while working with your horse.

  • Connect with your horse and take your training to a new level

    When a sensitive horse is healthy, confident and trusting - he has huge potential for being a great partner, no matter the discipline you ride in.

What you'll get

Expert-led training by Kathleen Aspenns, certified TTouch practitioner. You'll get real-life video demonstrations, plenty of resource lists, and access to a supportive community.

  • 45+ on-demand videos

  • 10+ articles and resource lists.

  • Full lifetime access

  • Exclusive access to The Nervous Horse Course group on Facebook - a safe, welcoming and supportive community for the carers of nervous horses, with additional educational content and support for students.

Learn expert techniques now

to calm and connect with your horse

Why take this course?

  • Do you have a horse that is hard to work with?

  • Has your horse been described as nervous, shy, fearful, spooky, disrespectful, pushy, or resistant?

  • Does working with your horse fill you with anxiety?

  • Are you running out of ideas for how to work safely and productively with your horse?

  • Have you tried multiple trainers without luck?

  • Are you pushed to do things with your horse that you are not comfortable with?

Who is this course for?

All levels of horses and riders!

This course has been designed to support YOU as you help your horse, at your own pace and within the boundaries of what feels comfortable and safe to you. It is for horses of all disciplines, ages, breeds and sex, and for riders of all ages, levels and disciplines.

What Students Are Saying...

5 star rating

Kathleen Aspenns explains the materials and activities in bite sized chapters!

Wendee Walker

The hands on and proven techniques for bodywork to support relaxation and grounding with your horse are fabulous. The groundwork, wraps, and flower essences are explained so that any horse owner will know how to implement the techniques. The idea ...

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The hands on and proven techniques for bodywork to support relaxation and grounding with your horse are fabulous. The groundwork, wraps, and flower essences are explained so that any horse owner will know how to implement the techniques. The idea of doing acupressure with my horses seems overwhelming, but we are given just a few key spots to try. I am not finished with the course but HIGHLY recommend it for anyone wanting to help a sensitive horse. This is a horse owners toolkit. even if your horse is not sensitive! There will be times where they get upset, and you will know what to do to help.

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5 star rating

Excellent content that is straight forward and easy to follow.

Felicity Wischer

I have really enjoyed The Nervous Horse Course and it has helped both me and my horses to find a connection and understanding at a deep level. Whilst it is a course for the horse at first glance I also found tremendous peace and serenity in workin...

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I have really enjoyed The Nervous Horse Course and it has helped both me and my horses to find a connection and understanding at a deep level. Whilst it is a course for the horse at first glance I also found tremendous peace and serenity in working my way through the modules and then applying them not only to my horse but also to myself. Thank you so much Kathleen for the thought and care that has gone into your course. I know my horses and I shall continue to grow and benefit from this wonderful course .

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Very useful information and tools!

Agnieszka Kowalska

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What is a sensitive or nervous horse?

Eve Comrie

This chapter was good for me and my horse. My mare used to go by cows without incident until one day a curious herd rushed toward the fence and she froze...a statue. I could feel her heart pounding through her right up to the top of my head! I now...

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This chapter was good for me and my horse. My mare used to go by cows without incident until one day a curious herd rushed toward the fence and she froze...a statue. I could feel her heart pounding through her right up to the top of my head! I now realize that all the times she passed cows she wasn't as comfortable as she appeared and those infrequent and apparently "calm and accepting" incidents eventually built up into a final fright. I had to walk her home five miles because she was so agitated. I blamed myself for weeks trying to figure out my gaps and her lack of trust in me.

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Curriculum

  • 1

    Welcome to the course!

    • Road Map To A Calmer Horse: Mind Map Introduction

    • What You Will Learn In This Course

      FREE PREVIEW
    • Guidelines for Working Safely

    • Safety Agreement and Disclaimer

    • Making The Course Work For You

    • Preparation and Journaling: Keys To Progress

    • Journaling Handout: Mind Map of the Techniques

    • We Would Like To Thank The Following Horses and People

  • 2

    What is a Sensitive or Nervous Horse?

    • Nervousness: Mind Map Introduction

    • Spotting Signs of Nervousness Early

    • Being A More Effective Teacher For Your Horse

    • Quiz Time

  • 3

    TTouch Techniques Part One

    • TTouch Body Work: Mind Map Introduction

    • Leg Circles: What You Need To Know

    • Leg Circles: How To

    • Leg Circles: How to work with a Balance Challenged Horse

    • Tail Work: What You Need To Know

    • Tail Work: How To

    • Wanding: What You Need To Know

    • Wanding: How To

    • Forelock Slides: What You Need To Know

    • Forelock Slides: How To

    • Resources: Learn more about TTouch and the Tellington Method

    • Quiz Time

  • 4

    TTouch Techniques Part Two

    • Mouthwork: What You Need To Know

    • Mouthwork: How To

    • Mouthwork: Extended How To

    • Neck Rocking: What You Need To Know

    • Neck Rocking: How To

      FREE PREVIEW
    • Earwork: What You Need To Know

    • Earwork: How To

    • Quiz Time

  • 5

    Acupressure

    • Acupressure: Mind Map Introduction

    • What is Acupressure?

    • How To Introduce Acupressure To Your Horse

    • Pericardium 6: Calming Point

    • Conception Vessel 17: Releasing Tension Point

    • Governing Vessel 14: Relaxing Point

    • Yin Tang: Mental Clarity, Mind and Body Harmony

    • Resources: Learn More About Acupressure

  • 6

    Flower Essences

    • Flower Essences: Mind Map Introduction

    • Flower Essences: What You Need To Know

    • How To Pick The Right Flower Essence For Your Horse

    • Flower Essences: More Information On How To Use Them

    • Resources: Learn More About Flower Essences

    • Resources: Where to Source Flower Essences

  • 7

    Groundwork

    • TTouch Groundwork: Mind Map Introduction

    • Groundwork: What You Need To Know

    • Labyrinth: How To

    • Labyrinth: A Demonstration

    • Body Wraps: What You Need To Know

    • Applying Body Wraps: How To

      FREE PREVIEW
    • Applying A Head Wrap: How To

    • Resources: Learn More About The Tellington Method Groundwork

  • 8

    Self Care - When You are Caring for a Sensitive Horse

    • Self Care: Mind Map Introduction

    • Grounding Exercises

    • The TTouch Heart Hug

    • Self Care: Acupressure

    • Self Care: Flower Essences

  • 9

    Bonus Material

    • Zoom Live Q&A

  • 10

    Zoom Session Library

    • Labyrinth Q&A

    • BodyWrap Q&A

    • Leg Circles Q&A

    • Heart Hug and Holding Space Q&A

Start helping your horse now

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Kathleen Aspenns

Equine Wellness Professional

Tellington Method Practitioner | Certified Flower Essence Practitioner | Chinese Medicine Acupressurist

About Kathleen

Can a person know what it feels like to be a working horse? To spend an entire lifetime bound by rules your owner dictates?

Tuition

learn at your own pace, supported by the community

FAQ

  • How does the course work?

    The Nervous Horse course can be started at any time, and you can learn at your own pace. The materials can be accessed whenever fits into your schedule.

  • Who is it for?

    This course is for horses of all disciplines, ages, breeds and sex, and for carers of all experience levels. All the techniques are safe and easy to learn, and we encourage you to work at your own pace and within the boundaries of what feels comfortable and safe to you.

  • How long with the course take?

    This is a self paced course, so it will be dependent on your time and schedule. There is no time limit on how long you can access the course, so feel free to take it at your own pace. We find that learning a few techniques at a time, then practicing them with your horse, will ground the process and help you embody what you have learned.

  • How do I get support?

    We welcome you in the Facebook group to share your experiences, your wins, and also your challenges. This is a journey for you and your horse, and having the support of a generous community is vital.