Pro Sanitate Equi is a holistic, comprehensive training concept, the aim is to find behavior problems and / or physical restrictions, to work on them and thus to help the horse to regain its inner and outer balance. The horse, its nature and its health is always in the foreground. A differentiation is made in which areas the horse shows an unhealthy mental and / or physical behavior in order to convert it into healthy behavior through various communication and gymnastic-building processes.
Pro Sanitate Equi works in principle for the horse and the human in the team to ensure a harmonious cooperation between him or her and his or her horse partner – not only in the riding arena, but also in everyday dealings. It is completely independent of breed-, riding styles and methods as well as across disciplines.
The consultation units are set up so that the training will be sustainably followed up by the horse owner.
The holistic approach is as follows:
1.) History of horse and human
Horse and human are seen as a system together, so it is important to talk about the past and the mutual experiences.
2.) Way of living
It will be talked about the way of living of the horse. If necessary, it must be clarified whether one or more changes in the horse’s living conditions make sense so that the horse is healthy or can become healthy.
- Social environment
o Box = bright, large, window or paddock
o Open stable = large, dry, safe
o Pasture = no overgrown grass, poisonous plants, no cow grass
o Herd constellation = as little fluctuation, stability, space, no jealousy as possible
o Individual housing = only in exceptional cases in the event of illness or social difficulties
o Free movement = all day if possible, at least 8 hours.
- Natural environment
o Water = fresh daily, flowing
o Floor = dry and safe
o Air = fresh every day
o Climate = country air
o Feeding times = at least every 4 hours
o Rough and wet food = evenly, depending on the season
The horse is examined in its physiology in order to gain information about its internal health.
- Organs and metabolic balance = healthy functionality
- Nervous system = mental state
4.) Musculoskeletal system
The horse will be observed in its musculoskeletal system to get an idea of its external health.
- 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 = according to the musculoskeletal system in balance
- Teeth = TMJ and mouth should work healthy and free
- Movement organization = the horse organizes itself freely and fluently
If health problems have been identified, one or more therapies should be recommended. Depending on the severity, it may be necessary to speak about a therapy series.
- Naturopathy, homeopathy = Depending on your health, alternative medicine can have a more sustainable effect than conventional medicine
- Traditional Chinese medicine = herbs and acupuncture
o parietal osteopathy = connective tissue, muscles and joints
o visceral osteopathy = internal organs and their connective tissue suspension
o craniosacral osteopathy = inherent “rhythms” of the organism
- Physiotherapy = massages, kinesiotaping etc.
- Conventional medicine = veterinarian
6.) Horse-friendly equipment
Only equipment that promotes horse health is used. No coercive means are used.
- Rope halter and stick
o Adjusted to the horse’s head size so that the knots fit correctly
o Adjusted to the size of the horse’s head, neck and nose, no use of sharp Serretas
- Neck ring
o rope, riding neck ring, western neck ring
- Lunge and double lunge
o Single lunge, double lunge with pulleys
o Horse head size and the neck adjusted, no barrier strap is used
o The bit is adjusted to the mouth in length and space
o Adapted to the length / brevity and width of the horse’s back
o Suitable for muscle growth for the erection of the thoracic system
- Auxiliary reins = Any kind of auxiliary reins are not to be used
7.) Health-promoting training
Pro Sanitate Equi teaches horse and horse owners training options that are individually tailored to both, to promote the horse’s physical and mental health based on its own findings. Neither oppression, any kind of dominance towards the horse, programming or functionalization, nor exaggerations are used in sensitization and desensitization exercises.
The rider is also shown how he or she can adapt better to the movement of the horse according to his options and how he can support him with his or her seat.
Horse-human partnership training
Communication work is based on an understanding of the horse’s psychological behavior and instinctive system. The instructor should teach people how to deal with the horse as a communicative and prey animal as communicatively as possible.
The rider is enabled to read and feel the horse in its individual anatomical and movement-organizing behavior in detail under health-promoting aspects, as well as to work with it.
The riding seat and mental work
The rider is given a mobile balance in the saddle through body and thus mobility work. The “mental work”, certain breathing techniques and a possible energetic relaxation treatment lead to mental relaxation, improve self-awareness and find the inner focus.