Pro Sanitate Equi –
for the health of the horse
means holistic work for health promotion of the horse. The basis of my work is the life context as well as the specific psychological and physical behaviour of each horse. Then I set up an individual training program for the well-being of the horse and according to the needs of the rider.
Why is holistic work for the health promotion of the horse so important?
Whether in dressage or jumping sports, in the western sector, the classical or leisure riding, it always comes to the point that one threads on the one spot. High level movements are a long way off. The fence or maneuver gets refused. The horse is permanently stressed on the trail.
“Horses and humans can not be more different”
Horses are physically superior to humans with their instinctive nature, their strength and speed. They are flight animals and react mostly instinctively. We belong to the category hunters and act out of our minds. Physically and mentally we have a completely different perception than the horse. Due to this diversity of horse and human often communicative and physical communication difficulties arise.
In addition, there exist many different riding methods today. Some promise a better behaviour of the horse or advancement and successes in the disciplines. These are sometimes misinterpreted and misused. Or they are simply not horse friendly. Often, expectations which are more suitable for humans than for horses are placed on the horse.
Training flaws, communication difficulties between horse and human, unrecognized physical malposition, the lack of knowledge in dealing with these or other health problems lead to stress and internal and external damage to the horse.
I also fared in the course of my riding and professional career, which was always dedicated to the versatility in horse training, so that I had moments in which everything stood still, and I was at a loss. What made me broody was the state of health of my horses. Too often therapist and vet visits simply took place without any concrete changes. So, I started a causal research, changed my training approach and added many elements that later led to my current concept Pro Sanitate Equi.
The German federal training approach
Instructors, who passed on their knowledge in the classical German riding theory and always pro horse, influenced me in the early years of my career. Above all, I have taken the focus on suppleness and the simultaneous dynamics. In general, but especially in the high-level dressage and also at the fence, so that the horse is able to coordinate its body completely on its own and to move freely. I have passed various certifications and trainers licenses of the FN and qualified in the professional rider test for the exam of the Bereiter of the German federal equestrian system. Before taking up my career as a Bereiter, I decided to look for alternatives due to questions about health improvement being left unanswered.
French classical training approach
I got more insight into the classic French and the work which follows the history of the art of riding. I’ve dedicated myself to it for nearly 20 years and also acquired the trainer’s license. This work already answered many unanswered questions and taught me how to train the horse according to its naturalness. Each high-level movement was a gift and was considered special. Thoughts were given to the development of these movements and just one step after the other was taken. Nothing was rushed or under pressure. It offers in the gymnastics and dressage the necessary structure and a concrete development plan. This work has certainly shaped mine the most sustainable, because it is extremely conclusive and profound. I look with gratitude to the first achievements of more flexibility, and balance awareness of the horses that I have trained in this work. Relaxation, strength and a stronger self-esteem was one of the numerous results and for me significant successes in terms of the horse’s health.
Horsemanship, partnership training – understanding between man and horse
Parallel to my experience in various training methods and the search for a clear structure to take care for the horse’s health as a trainer, horsemanship has also played an increasingly important role in my equestrian and professional careers. I participated in courses with different trainers and gained more and more experience in understanding and communicating better with the horse in its nature and instinctive behavior. Trust and partnership were the overriding goals. Also I was coached in my own self-reflection in the company with the horse. I have learned to “speak” actively with horses in their language, the body language. I’ve learned to observe them, not to look at them with eyes, but with feeling, the intuition. To be a partner with feeling, to give them an absolute say and to reflect on ourselves is the basis of my present work in the communication with the horse.
Training, courses and exchanges for the health of the horse
“In the company with the horse, it should only be about the horse.”
In the time of my occupation, I have dealt with recurring and various damages of horses, why they occur, various riding methods and training approaches. My goal was to develop a comprehensive working concept that counteracts these problems. So, for many years, I have always trained as much as possible according to the latest findings of the horse’s psychology and physiology. It’s in my working concept all about the horse. Regardless of discipline and breed, I do not convey riding methods, but rather, I familiarize you with the living being, the horse, in the deeper sense. I teach the things I learned from horses and many interesting horse people. Because I think what we learn from horses is worth so much more than what we can teach them.
“Every second in the life of horses is a second of learning, reflecting, feeling and experiencing in human life.”
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Traditional Chinese Medicine, Sabine Vollstedt (Germany)
Saddle Me Engelke, Carsten Engelke (Germany)
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Naturopathic treatment, Britt Bachmeyer-Ernst (Germany)
Sharon May-Davis, horse scientist, anatomy and biomechanics specialist (Australia)
Silke Vallentin, Pat Parelli Instructor (Germany)
Honza Bláha, Horseman (Germany)
Mark Rashid, Horseman (USA)
Buck Brannaman, Horseman (USA)
Warwick Schiller, Performance Horsemanship (USA)
Heinz Welz, Self-Reflection Coaching (Germany)
Alfons Dietz, formerly rider of the Spanish Riding School (Germany)
Philippe Karl, School of Légèreté (Germany, 1999-2017, 2007 trainer license acquired)
Centaur Biomechanics, Gait Analysis (UK)
The open college of Equine Studies, Care and Management of Horses, Equine Anatomy and Physiology, Equine Health and Nutrition (UK)
University of Guelph Online Studies, Equine Welfare, Functional Anatomy (CA)