Friday, 23 November 2012

Horses Helping Older People on the Isle of Wight

Horses are helping Older People in an equine-assisted learning project on the Isle of Wight. Activities with the horses take place at Bodster, an EAQ Approved Centre, near Ryde, UK. EAQ® offers equine assisted learning through a number of Approved Centres in the UK and Australia.

Monday, 19 November 2012

Alexandеr Nevzorov

“This video highlights a new page in relationship between horses and men. A new era is coming, an era of mutual understanding between horses and men.” 
Alexandеr Nevzorov

Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Windrush Farm

Watch this amazing video and put a smile on your face for the rest of the day!

"If you spend only a couple of hours at Windrush Farm, you can see and hear the happiness overflowing from the participants' smiles and laughs. That's enough for me to feel their joy in this place they love so much." Kathy (Windrush client)

Friday, 21 September 2012

Equine Assisted Intervention for Mental Health 
Fantastic resource for researchers, academics and practitioners. Browse this EAI repository for research data, locations of programs, assessments for measuring outcome and partners or funding.

HETI Conference 11 Oct, 2012

RDA is hosting The Horses in Education & Therapy International (HETI) Autumn Forum at the Avon Centre in Bristol on 11 October, 2012. 
With Paralympic Coach, Clive Milkins, as one of the key speakers, organisers are hoping for an excellent turnout from anyone with an interest in horses and therapy.
This season’s conference will look at using complementary therapies to enhance rider experience and performance; further education through Horsemanship Course and, facilitating research at RDA.
“The Paralympics - and specifically the success of the Para-Equestrian Team - has put the spotlight on disability sport and its potential for therapy like never before,” says RDA’s Head of Therapy, Denise Robertson. 

“We hope lots of people will feel inspired to find out more about horses in therapy by coming along to the conference, which is being hosted by RDA in Bristol.”

Effects of Therapeutic Riding on TBI

Traumatic Brain Injury & Therapeutic Riding  Anita Shkedi (2012)

Traumatic Brain Injury & Therapeutic RidingThis fantastic book is an easy read and explains clearly the benefits of therapeutic riding. The author, Anita Shkedi, is a PATH Int. member who founded therapeutic riding in Israel and has presented at PATH Intl. conferences. 

The book is titled Traumatic Brain Injury and Therapeutic Riding but goes beyond TBI and includes important insight of the benefits all riders receive. 

Shkedi has done an amazing job of putting together factual, scientific information with personal observations and explanations of the beneficial outcomes of therapeutic riding. 

Saturday, 12 May 2012

Sheer Joy!

Fantastic pictures from a 'play-dance-working-session' in the wild nature at liberty.

See the fantastic effects of Magic Lungeing, which Klaus Ferdinand Hempfling founded in this form and evolved into a true art and unique way. Here one of the most important bases in Klaus's work. A horse needs a very good preparation to carry a rider. Klaus has raised the Art of Lungeing to a new height!

The video features the horse therapist Klaus Ferdinand Hempfling's working with these powerful, dignified creatures in accordance with nature. The development of the rider's "presence" and an orientation to holistic principles is integral to this work

Friday, 11 May 2012

Claire Lomas - An Extraordinary Person

Paralysed Claire Lomas finishes London Marathon after 16 days!

Claire Lomas finished the London Marathon 16 days after the race began. The 32yr old said she was “over the moon” as she completed the 26.2 mile route, which she started on 22 April, 2012 with 36,000 other participants.

The former chiropractor was in tears as she became the first person to complete any marathon using a bionic ReWalk suit at 12.50pm on Tues 7 May.

Hundreds lined the streets as she made her final steps to complete the race. Three mounted members of the Household Cavalry gave her a guard of honour as she crossed the finishing line on the Mall.

Lomas paralysed from the chest down following a horse-riding accident in 2007, said:

“There were times when I questioned whether I would make it when I was training. Once I started, I just took each day as it came and every step got me a step closer.”

A spokeswoman for the mounted regiment said the riders were there to give Lomas “extra support because she is passionate about horses”.

Lomas will not appear in the official results and did not receive a medal when she finished as competitors have to complete the course on the same day to qualify for a medal, organisers said. But a number of marathon runners decided to donate their own medals to Lomas. Jacqui Rose contributed her medal along with about 12 others, said:

“She has epitomised what I thought the London Marathon was all about. That medal, when you have completed it and gone through all the pain of it, symbolises that achievement of what you have gone out of your way to do for charity. For her not to have got one ridicules what the marathon was all about.”

Lomas, from Eye Kettleby, near Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, raised more than £86,000 for Spinal Research, a charity which funds medical research around the world to develop reliable treatments for paralysis caused by a broken back or neck:

“When I was in hospital I saw a lot of people with similar injuries to me and a lot worse. I have had tremendous support since my accident which I am so grateful for. Some don’t have that. Some people lose the use of their arms as well. A cure needs to be found.”

She walked about two miles a day, cheered on by her husband, Dan, her parents and her 13-month-old daughter, Maisie. Lomas said she was now going to write a book and “spend some good time with Maisie”.

Lomas broke her neck, back and ribs and punctured a lung when her horse Rolled Oats threw her off as she took part in the Osberton horse trials in Nottinghamshire in 2007.

The £43,000 ReWalk suit, designed by the Israeli entrepreneur Amit Goffer, enables people with lower-limb paralysis to stand, walk and climb stairs through motion sensors and an onboard computer system.

Sunday, 6 May 2012

Sylvia Dimitrades Steen

Sylvia Dimitrades Steen

Sylvia Dimitrades Steen has a long-standing commitment to people with disabilities, as well as an unmatchable love of animals. From 1954-1958, Ms. Steen studied Child Psychology and teaching methodologies for students with special needs at the University of Geneva. Sylvia:
  • Started Theotokos in 1963, a non-profit organization for people with special needs. Theotokos is the largest educational centre for people with special needs in Greece, she serves on its board.
  • Worked at the Maraslio Academy, training teachers in special education.
  • Served as a board member of Melissa, an organization on Corfu for older children and adults with special needs.
  • Is a founding member of Ελληνική Φιλοζωηκή Εταιρία (Greek Animal Welfare) and Κοινολογικός ΌμιλοςΕλλάδος (Greek Canine Society) which represents FCI in Greece. Serves as president of the Ark, a group that rehomes stray dogs of Corfu, and collaborates with the "Αλκυόνη" bird center of Paros for the care and rehabilitation of wounded birds.
  • Established world’s most comprehensive Skyrian rare horse breeding program.
  • Founded and leads the SilvaProject. a non-profit organisation dedicated to preserving the Skyrian Horse, rescuing abused animals and specialising in therapeutic horse riding. 

Friday, 4 May 2012

EAGALA 2012 Australia Conference

EAGALA 1st Annual Asia Pacific Conference Australia, 3-6 Dec 2012

EAGALA was founded in 1999 as a nonprofit 501(c) 3 organization developed to address the need for resources, education and professionalism in the fields of Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and Equine Assisted Learning.  

EAGALA has over 3,500 members in 40 countries, with regional coordinators helping support members and networking groups in EAGALA Europe/Middle East, EAGALA Africa, EAGALA Latino America, EAGALA Pacific, and EAGALA U.S./Canada.

The Equine Assisted Growth & Learning Association (EAGALA) is dedicated to improving the mental health of individuals, families, and groups around the world by setting the standard of excellence in Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and Equine Assisted Learning, also known as horse therapy or equine therapy. Learn more about EAGALA's Training and Certification Program.

 The 1st Annual Asia Pacific Conference will take place at Tocal College, Paterson, NSWThe EAGALA Annual Conference is a networking and educational event for professionals who are practicing or just newly interested in Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and Learning. 

The conference is specific to the EAGALA Model approach of EAP and EAL. Click the links below for more information. Join professionals from around Australia, New Zealand and the world for learning, networking, inspiration and fun!

Conference Information -
Request for Conference Proposals - Deadline 30 June 2012

Sunday, 29 April 2012

Lucas - The World’s Smartest Horse!

Lucas - The World’s Smartest Horse!

Lukas is a 17 year old Thoroughbred who failed at the track, was found starving in a yard and who Karen bought as a "green project horse" at the age of nine.  Lukas has since become one of the top liberty performers in the country and he has attracted world-wide acclaim for his cognitive tasks. Lukas:
  • Freely performs the Spanish Walk, Passage, curtsey, bow, rear, sit, jambette and much more without any force (Karen doesn't own a whip). 
  • Can identify letters, numbers and shapes, discriminate colours.
  • Understands the concepts of object permanence, spatial relationships, proportion, same/different and absentness.    

Above all, Lukas and Karen's bond is their greatest joy - trust, love and harmony are evident to all who see them together. Find out more at

Thursday, 26 April 2012

Safe Haven for Horses

Horse World -

HorseWorld is the leading UK charity caring primarily for horses, ponies and donkeys.
They rescue, rehabilitate and re-home animals who have been abandoned, neglected or ill-treated.

HorseWorld was set up in 1952 as "The Friends of Bristol Horses Society" in a campaign to save the lives of working horses who were rapidly being replaced by motorised vehicles in industry. 

Under the banner of “Retirement Not Slaughter” - for many were destined for the abattoir - it offered a safe haven in Bristol for the big-hearted horses, ponies and donkeys that had worked all of their lives on the railways, in the dockyards, the coal mines, the armed forces and on the roads.

It works closely with partner organisations and equine welfare charities to rescue equines-in-need, putting together a tailored programme of rehabilitation before seeking, wherever possible, to re-home every horse with experienced & loving loaners.

HorseWorld retains legal ownership of every horse, pony or donkey to ensure their continued welfare after they have been re-homed and the Team are always on hand to provide any advice and support to the Loaner.

Rescued horses and ponies have often suffered neglect or abuse and many show signs of psychological or physical trauma. Because of this, each animal needs an individual programme of rehabilitation which often includes veterinary care, dentistry and farriery, as well as handling and training, to improve their chances of eventually being rehomed.

HorseWorld also works with:
  • Probation Service to provide hundreds of placements for adults carrying out community service orders. 
  • Groups of youth offenders regularly helping out at the charity’s equine yard. 
  • South Bristol CAF team in using a course in equine care to help teenagers from disadvantaged backgrounds and those excluded from school. 

Discovery Courses at HorseWorld
The horse is a unique, ideal tool to promote emotional growth and learning in young people. Bringing horses together with young people can have staggering results. The experience of Discovery Course tutors working with young people shows:
  • Those who struggle to communicate can find working with horses helps them learn about themselves, enabling them to interact more positively with others
  • Those who find it hard to concentrate or to control their impulses can focus on a horse for long periods while grooming or leading the animal
  • Withdrawn students often begin to express themselves, developing words or gestures they haven’t previously used.
The positive influence gained through contact with the horses is recognised by the many different organisations and referral schemes seeking to place individual clients with HorseWorld - clients with a range of special needs, learning difficulties, mental health problems and those recovering from addiction

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