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Heartrate and heartratevariability

herzfrequenzbild2018 we started a bigger research project. Cooperating with the University of Vienna, the Unit of Comparative Medicine of the Messerli Research Institute of the Veterinary University of Vienna and the Sigmund Freud University of Vienna we started the data collection in February and analysed them according to the topic „Because they feel your heartbeat! Heart rate (variability) and cortisol distribution as a sign of synchronisation within horse assisted therapy based on body language.”  

Non-verbal interaction

In 2006 we started a research project under the direction of Univ.Doz. Dr. Thomas Stephenson and Mag. Roswitha Zink: Using video analysis the nonverbal communication between humans and horses was investigated in order to present and explain the mechanisms, effects and the potential of Equotherapie.
For more information click the download below.
2014 there was a research project at e.motion in cooperation with the Van Hall Larenstein University of Applied Sciences in Leeuwarden in the Netherlands. With the heading “Who infuences whom?- Interaction between client, horse and therapist” Saskia Aust and Ilona van Dongen worked for their course animal management with the main emphasis animal-assisted therapy. The aim of the study was to analyse which bilateral influence of body language between horse and client is shown during a free interaction session under therapist guidance.

Horseassisted Traumatherapy

We are very proud to tell that in October 2017 the Book of Dr. Karin Hediger (Swiss) and Mag. Roswitha Zink (Austia) has been published in Ernst Reinhardt Verlag.



Based on scientifically founded trauma therapeutic concepts and the current state of research on horse-assisted work, methods, prerequisites, as well as the limitations and risks of horse-assisted trauma therapy are presented vividly. Based on the case study of 16-year-old Hannah and her therapy horse Tamino, the authors provide insights into horse-assisted trauma therapy. Which quality assurance measures are available? What qualifications of the therapist are important and how can the selection, training and attitude of the therapy-accompanying horse be optimally achieved? The book provides an overview of the effects and implementation of horse-assisted interventions in trauma therapy and thus provides a basis for the further development of this therapeutic area.


Unfortunately the book has only been published in german.

 Here is our Facebook-Fotoalbum of the book presentation.

Scientific work

Besides the therapeutic work with small and big shining moments, the recharge of batteries with horsepower, the giving of  ray of hopes und BEING THERE for children and youths, the scientific approach to the topic equine-assisted therapy is very important to us.
That’s why we have done small research work in the last years, formed research groups for bigger projects and fortunately kept on getting the opportunity to give talks about our work.

Every now and then requests about bacelor or masterthesis reach us. If possible we are happy to cooperate. Just ask, but we can't promise anything!





Lectures and workshops

Every now and then we get the opportunity to give lectures or workshops:

Regularely April to October

"Meet a Mustang" Workshops in Vienna Zoo



17.2. Workshop fo interns

12.-14.4. Lecture to heartrate study 15th Triennial Iahaio Conference (Green Chimmneys, USA)

13.+14.6. Workshop at MITEINANDER BEWEGT 2. Pädiatrischer Hospiz- und Palliativkongress in Österreich, Salzburg (

19.+20.10 Lecture at Horses 4 Humans