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Equine Assisted Therapy

The concept of riding therapy is based on a synthesis of physiotherapy, encounter therapy, body work and curative education.

The interaction between humans and animals forms the basis of the central, experience-oriented overall concept. Therapeutic riding is a method that appeals to all senses and many areas of life.

The focus is not on equestrian training, but on the individual support of the person through the various possible uses of the horse. Remedial educational support with the horse is primarily based on the needs for basic experiences such as being carried, warmth, closeness and relationship and the desire for movement and personal action.

Therapeutic riding includes a wide variety of methods such as a systemic perspective, social group work, experiential education, play education, nature experience education and animal-assisted education. The support does not primarily refer to riding, but also vaulting, the horse is cared for, the free-running horse is worked from the ground, there are group and movement games and partner and relaxation games - and exercising perception on and with the horse.


Special educational support with the horse:

  • is holistic: all senses are addressed, challenged and promoted.

  • promotes self-efficacy: through movement and their own actions, clients acquire their own environment and gain their own experiences and insights.

  • has a close connection to reality and is therefore a compensation for medialization with its negative effects. Being carried by the horse conveys the most original relationship experiences, the body warmth conveys a feeling of security, the rhythm, which is constantly changing in fine nuances, provides security and incentives to move. Movement experiences are made possible, especially for children, which cannot be taken for granted in an age of mediatization.

  • works in an integrative way: The therapeutic educational riding and vaulting offers the advantage of a close reference to reality. It is not characterized by a special therapeutic situation, but takes place in an everyday situation with the inclusion of a natural environment.

  • works with intrinsic motivation: No therapy character, the drive arises from one's own pleasure in dealing with the horse. Therapy tired clients are re-motivated.

  • Conveys flow effects: The feeling that your own movements match those of the horse, which becomes more and more pronounced through further exercise, conveys body awareness and the feeling of harmony with yourself, the horse and the environment. This flow experience awakens strength and joie de vivre in the client, which traumatized clients urgently need.


Over the years, the scope of services has expanded continuously, in addition to therapeutic riding, animal-assisted therapies were added in old people's and nursing homes and facilities for the disabled.


Animal-assisted therapy has the following advantages in addition to the effects mentioned in therapeutic riding:

Animal-assisted therapy is

  • scientifically recognized with all its positive effects.

  • can be used with the majority of clients. It is not characterized by a special therapy situation, but takes place in an everyday situation and is therefore particularly suitable for clients in inpatient facilities.

  • works resource-oriented: Thanks to animal-assisted therapy, resources believed to be lost are activated and used, especially in older people.

  • has a health-promoting effect. It has a relaxing and stimulating effect at the same time and thereby supports the physical and mental health of the clients.


The range of services can be divided into the following subject areas:


  • therapeutic riding with its focus

- therapeutic riding

- Hippotherapy

- Riding as a sport for people with a disability


  • qualified dyslexia and dyscalculia training

  • animal-assisted therapies in old people's and nursing homes as well as in kindergartens, schools and facilities for the disabled

  • preventive and rehabilitative therapies to promote

- health Back school

- Posture corrections

- preventive measures against mental illness (burn-out)


Target group



For clients of all ages:


  • with impairments in the physical area

  • who are tired of therapy from other therapies that have already taken place

  • who have need for encouragement regarding social behavior

  • with learning disabilities

  • with impairments in terms of emotional skills

  • with impairments in language development

  • with difficulty concentrating

  • who find it difficult to establish relationships with other people

  • who can hardly relax

  • with mental illness

  • with age-related impairments

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