The Tucker BioKinetic Technique (TBT) was developed by equine veterinarian Dr. Renee Tucker.
TBT is designed to solve horse problems that are
TBT realigns the body's internal roadmap to true north ...
TBT works with the horse's own immune system, biomechanical feedback loops, and neurovasculature mechanisms.
Only by realigning the body's internal settings to "normal" can the horse return to optimal health and performance.
These horse issues are often considered "manageable" -- but that doesn't fix anything.
TBT can greatly help these issues, and completely eliminate them in many cases.
These horse issues are often considered "training problems" -- but are they?
Horses do need training. But many "training problems" are actually misalignment problems in disguise.
What's going on with our horses?
You may have noticed how much sicker our horses have gotten. As a veterinarian for over 25 years, I've seen big changes. It used to be the outlier horse that had navicular, or laminitis, or pulled a suspensory.
Nowadays when horse people get together, many are talking about their horse's health issues ... Instead of talking about their riding plans.
Nowadays it's not IF your horse has a health or performance problem, it's WHEN.
Why this has happened to our horses (and humans) is a big topic. More important to us is ... what can we do about it?
Traditional medicine is stretched to its limits. The list of diseases and problems that are only "managable", rather than "fixable" is getting bigger and bigger.
Now the pendulum is shifting direction
More and more people are questioning "management of problems" and looking for solutions. Solutions that work for their horse.
More and more people are questioning: "Is that all we can do? Just keep him on medication to feel better?"
That's what happened to me. I kept questioning.
My first five years as an equine veterinarian, I became more and more shocked by what I could NOT help with. At first I thought I just needed more experience, or mentoring, or continuing education. But no. What I found out by searching for answers...is that traditional medicine does not have those answers.
Don't get me wrong. Traditional medicine is great for some things. But many issues that our horses struggle with do not have a veterinary solution.
Even in the horse training area, there are multitudes of training issues that are rooted in physical body problems. Not all, obviously, but a great many.
To help my clients, I've learned chiropractic, acupuncture, reiki, Rolfing, T-touch, massage, myofascial, and more. What's interesting is that all of these techniques help to some extent. But not always. And not every patient. I wondered why that was.
I finally figured it out.
Primary Cause Analysis
Here's why each technique only helps in certain respects. It's because horses can have the same symptom, but a different cause.
Let me give an example to illustrate:
Let's say four horses have major difficulty bending to the left.
The first horse has tight, knotted muscles. This horse will benefit most from massage and/or myofascial. If you did chiropractic on those same horses, it would only help a little -- because the muscles were the primary cause, rather than bones.
The second horse has major difficulty bending to the left. This horse has ribs and atlas out of alignment on the left side. He physically cannot bend because of his bone misalignment. Chiropractic works beautifully in this case.
A third horse has major difficulty bending to the left. This horse's primary cause is energy balance. For some reason, all his energy is blocked on the left. It makes his left legs feel really heavy. Acupuncture or other energy-type work helps this horse.
A fourth horse has major difficulty bending to the left. This horse's primary cause is his right hock. It's arthritic so the horse cannot move it under his body to bend left.
As you can see, what helps the horse best completely depends on the primary cause of the issue.
A primary cause analysis example
Journal entries from Donali's owner
First day with Donali:
My beautiful new horse is so great! Donali just "bings!" over the fences. Such a joy to ride.
I've been looking for a horse this talented my whole life. And Donali's only six years old. He'll be my riding buddy for another 15-20 years. We'll be so happy together.
Showing some pain:
Donali is stopping at fences sometimes. He didn't do that before. The vet says it's his feet. He needs his coffin joints injected. Just a normal part of jumping, the vet says.
He's better! The injections worked. They were expensive, but he's definitely happier. He's not stopping anymore, although he sometimes wrings his tail right after we land. I'm sure he'll get more comfortable.
And now he's out for six months, with rehab for six months after that. An entire year without riding together! And Donali stuck in the stall for so long. I just want to cry. What could I have done differently?
What should have been done for Donali
Veterinarians are taught to find pain, and treat the painful area. There's nothing wrong with that. Except we veterinarians are not taught to find out WHY the painful area is hurting. Generally, we just assume its the work the horse is doing.
When Donali stopped at fences, his vet found his coffin joints sore. Ok, but why? Should we just assume it's from jumping? No.
Instead, we should do a primary cause analysis. With TBT, you would check the entire body.
Here's the general idea of primary cause analysis:
- Not wanting to jump? >> sore coffin joints
- Why sore coffin joints? >> too much compression on them
- Why too much compression? >> suspensory ligament not fully releasing
- Why suspensory ligament not fully releasing? >> stay apparatus not functioning properly
- Why stay apparatus not functioning? >>misalignment of shoulder and leg areas
A TBT Practitioner would realign the shoulder and leg. This would allow the stay apparatus to function. This would take the pressure off the suspensory ligament (preventing it from "pulling"!), and alleviating coffin joint pressure.
Tucker BioKinetic University --> a single doorway to amazing results
1) Body Checkups
We first find what the body can and cannot do with TBT Body Checkups
2) Primary Cause Analysis
We do Primary Cause Analysis to figure out WHY
3) TBT Alignment
We use TBT to align the body, which also resets internal mechanisms back to normal (ie no muscle memory).
See what TBT looks like in real time.
The horse in this video was tripping a lot. Tripping hard enough to fall to her knees and causing her owner to fall off.
This is Dr. Tucker's first visit with her.
But what IS TBT? If I join TBT University, what will I be doing?
TBT falls under the umbrella of "energy-work." Even though we're not using our own energy, we are modulating the horse's energetical motilities.
It is a two-handed technique. That means that each hand is doing something different -- at the same time. This requires a strong mental focus. Don't worry, though, everyone can do it. It just takes practice.
As you saw from the video above of Dr. Tucker treating a horse, TBT uses very little physical force. It is gentle on the horse and practitioner.
In TBT University, you will not only learn the Tucker BioKinetic Technique (TBT), but also our three-prong approach:
- We find what the body can and cannot do with TBT Body Checkups
- We do Primary Cause Analysis to figure out WHY
- We use TBT to align the body, which also resets internal mechanisms back to normal (ie no muscle memory).
You'll also discover how TBT Practitioners handle different horse issues. Some of the topics include: behavior issues, feet issues, mare hormones, suspensory difficulties, ulcers, strange swellings and skin stuff, club feet, visceral components, and more. Please see our Module description page for more information.
What can TBT help with?
- TBT Skeletal Alignment (Mod II) aligns the complete skeleton. Therefore, it helps with problems related to skeletal alignment. Such as:
*Difficulty bending, lateral flexion, haunches in or out
*Difficulty picking up leads, counter-cantering, cross-firing
*Head held too high, or tipped when riding
*Short-striding, overreaching, interfering, tripping
*Cold-backed, cinchy/girthy, bucking
*Preferring one direction, stiff one direction, won't go one direction
*Reluctance to go forward, reduced performance such as dropping rails when jumping or going wide on barrels.
- TBT Functional Alignment (Mod IV) aligns the internal connections. You may know that most organs are attached to the body with ligaments. Sometimes the organs effectively get "misaligned" and that decreases their function.
Therefore, TBT helps with problems such as:
*Everything listed above whose primary cause is organ/viscera related.
*Immune system issues
*Diarrhea & constipation
*Hormone & pregnancy issues
- TBT Multilayered Alignment (Mod V) aligns the everything else. You may know that horses are body, soul, and spirit. Sometimes there are emotional and other components that effectively get "misaligned" and decrease body function.
Therefore, TBT helps with problems such as:
*Everything listed above whose primary cause is multilayered.
TBT gets to all primary causes
Back to my journey ...
So I realized I need to know the primary cause to truly help. But how could I know every primary cause?
And, there are more than a hundred different treatment modalities. It's impossible to know them all.
But then I had a thought: "Well...the horse's body knows what the problems are." And a second thought, "And God knows what to do to fix it."
And so I prayed to God to tell me what I needed to know to get horses back to their normal healthy selves.
God answered me. He helped me create the BioKinetic Technique. (If you don't believe in God, that's ok. It'll still work for you.)
The BioKinetic Technique finds the primary cause -- and realigns that primary cause -- resetting the horse back to normal.
I would have thought you were crazy
If anyone had ever told me I'd do something that looks like "energy-work", I would have said you were crazy. Completely crackers!
And yet, I had to find answers for the horses. The passion in my heart is to help these beautiful creatures who give us everything. No matter what. No matter if it's not considered "traditional". Traditional isn't working anyway.
You can do this technique too. You can find the primary cause(s) and you can work with the body's resetting mechanisms.
If you have passion to help horses, I hope you'll consider joining TBT University.