Pro Sanitate Equi

Holistic and health-promoting work for the horse

Pro Sanitate Equi

“The fact that some people are happy with horses is at least as remarkable as the fact that horses can be happy with people.”

-Unknown author-

„Dass manche Menschen mit Pferden glücklich sind, ist mindestens genauso bemerkenswert, wie die Tatsache, dass Pferde mit Menschen glücklich sein können.“

-Unbekannter Verfasser-

„Dass manche Menschen mit Pferden glücklich sind, ist mindestens genauso bemerkenswert, wie die Tatsache, dass Pferde mit Menschen glücklich sein können.“

-Unbekannter Verfasser-

I founded Pro Sanitate Equi as a holistic, comprehensive health concept, the aim of which is to find behavior problems and / or physical limitations, to work with them and thus to help the horse regain internal and external balance. The horse, its nature and its health are always in the foreground. A distinction is made between the areas in which the horse shows unhealthy mental and / or physical behavior in order to convert this into healthy behavior via various communication and gymnastics processes.

In the course of this concept, I basically work for the horse and the people in the team in order to create a harmonious cooperation between him or her and his or her horse partner – not only on the riding arena, but also in everyday contact. There is complete independence from the breed, the riding style or the discipline as well as the level of training of horse and rider.

In order to get a comprehensive overall impression, I like to work with an anamnesis sheet and a corresponding preliminary talk.

The holistic approach is as follows:

Horse and human are seen as a jointly functioning system, which is why it is important to talk about the common and also individual past and experiences. Every detail counts and means something in the connection between humans and animals. All memories, feelings and intentions have an effect. Feelings, especially the subconscious feelings, generate reactions via the nervous system in the fascial network that interweaves the muscles. This creates micro-tensions and micro-movements that are controlled solely by our emotions and affect the horse. Feelings also generate vibrations that have an effect and get directly into the nervous system. These are processed by mirror neurons. In other words, depending on how these feelings are stored, they have positive or negative effects that can cause chain reactions. The more that is reported about the emotional life of humans and horses, the more effectively the joint work can take place.

The living conditions of the respective horse plays an elementary role in its health promotion. How naturally, but also individually, the horse lives. Are the living conditions adapted to his needs, or is there a lack of something that may have a harmful effect on his overall system? That’s why it’s important to talk about as many details as possible here too.

Social environment

  • Box = bright, large, window or paddock
  • Open stable = large, dry, safe
  • Pasture = no overexcited grass, poisonous plants, no cow grass
  • Herd constellation = as little fluctuation as possible, stability, space, no feed envy
  • Individual housing = only in exceptional cases in the event of illness or social difficulties
  • Free movement = if possible all day, at least 8 hours.

Natural environment

  • Water = fresh, flowing every day
  • Soil = dry and safe
  • Air = fresh every day
  • Climate = country air

Nutrition

  • Eating times = at least every 4 hours
  • Rough and wet forage = evenly, depending on the season

The horse is examined in its entire physiology in order to get information about its internal health status. In the complexity and overall connectedness of his body through the myosfascial network, an imbalance in one area of the body involuntarily affects all other areas. For example, if the horse shows back pain, the origin may actually be the stomach. Or the problem of the back can affect the back due to the fascial suspension and connection of the stomach with the back. Since a “back horse” is trained differently than a “stomach horse”, the consideration of the physiological state is elementary for health-promoting training.

  • Organs and metabolic balance = healthy functionality
  • Nervous system = mental state

The horse will also be examined in its musculoskeletal system in order to get information about its external health status. Every inconsistency in the skin, scar tissue, the hooves, the teeth, everything affects the “movement” apparatus and thus the movement of the horse.

  • Muscles and fascia = muscle fibers should run smoothly
  • Ligaments and tendons = ligaments and tendons as well
  • Spine = straight and neutral in its position
  • Joints = clear and not filled
  • Hooves = in balance according to the musculoskeletal system
  • Teeth = jaw joint and mouth should work healthy and freely
  • Movement organization = the horse organizes itself freely and fluently

If health problems are revealed, one or more therapies should be advised. Depending on the severity, a series of therapies may have to be discussed. I offer the following form of therapy:

Neural-neural energy healing work and in dialogue with the horse

Depending on the problem, this can or must be supplemented by the following therapies:

  • Naturopathy, homeopathy = Depending on the state of health, alternative medicine can have a more lasting effect than conventional medicine
  • Traditional Chinese medicine = herbs and acupuncture
  • Osteopathy
    • parietal osteopathy = connective tissue, muscles and joints
    • Visceral osteopathy = internal organs and their connective tissue suspension
    • cranio-sacral osteopathy = inherent “rhythms” of the organism
  • Physiotherapy = massages, kinesio taping etc.
  • Conventional medicine = veterinarian

After clarifying the above conditions, the health-promoting training is prepared. Only equipment that is beneficial for the horse’s health is used and no coercive measures whatsoever.

  • Rope halter and stick
    • Adjusted to the size of the horse’s head so that the knots sit correctly
  • Cavesson
    • Adapted to the size of the horse’s head, neck and nose, no use of sharp serretas
  • Neck ring
    • Rope, riding neck ring, western neck ring
  • Lunge and double lunge
    • Single lunge, double lunge with pulleys
  • Snaffle
    • The size of the horse’s head and the neck are adapted, no locking strap is used
    • Bit adapted to the horse’s mouth in length and space
  • Saddle
    • Adapted to the length / shortness and width of the horse’s back
    • Suitable for straightening the thoracic spine if the muscles grow
  • Auxiliary reins = any kind of auxiliary reins are not to be used

The work for a healthy psyche of the horse, as well as the work on healthy posture and healthy movement brings the horse into inner and outer balance and strengthens it in the future for the common life and training path.

Likewise, in the work for healthy posture and healthy movement, the horse owner is shown how he or she can adapt better to the horse’s movement according to his possibilities and support it well with his seat.

  • Horse-human partnership work

The communication work is based on the understanding of the individual psychological behavior and the instinctive system of the horse.

  • Health-improving gymnastics in a healthy posture with healthy movement

The horse is analyzed on the ground and under the saddle in its individual anatomical and movement-organizational behavior and new healthy behavior and movement patterns are developed.

  • The rider’s seat and mental work

The rider is helped to achieve a mobile balance in the saddle through body and thus seat mobility work. The “mental work”, certain breathing techniques and a possible energetic relaxation treatment lead to a lack of head, improve self-perception and the finding of the inner focus.