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Animal husbandry and welfare

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E.motion is aware that the therapy horses form the core of therapeutic work and do great things every day. It always has been important to us to do science-based and professional therapeutic work, but to the same extent we also feel "our" animals obliged their welfare and care means a lot of responsibility. The essential feature of the therapeutic method is the assumption that animals can do many things better than humans and can help us with their body language sensitivity. Each client learns to interpret the language of horses and enter into a dialogue with the horse that touches the soul of man. For all animal species living at our place, we fulfill not only animal welfare policies, but are putting new standards in many areas .. Therefore, our rabbits live on 100m² with many tubes and caves and a multi-storey wooden house in an outdoor enclosure. The sheep graze in the orchard and have a "Villa", the horses have a very thoughtful open stable, a sand place - and sleeping space and a little grove as an insect repellent. The "flats" of our animals are cleaned several times a day and have in winter heated watering places. Whether horse, sheep or dog: The animals are specially trained, have areas of retreat, living according to their needs in human or animal association and fulfill major tasks for our children and youth.

 

The use of animals at e.motion is retained by a timetable that complements workout by training and weekly concepts.  No animal is allowed more than 4 hours per day (treatment is not physically but mentally exhausting work) and each has two days per week off. In addition, all animals have a Supervisor (reference Horses caregivers) who take care of the recreation and relaxation as well as muscle and balance training.

Many of our horses are from difficult backgrounds, animal shelters or slaughterhouses.

All were troubled and have difficult personalities, had to be physically and emotionally cared for and became especially through years of training, so they now assist as therapy animals for people in difficult situations.

The horses absolve three years of training. Only then they start slowly and thoughtfully into the therapy.

Although this force in our training and animal husbandry criteria represent a major expense and are very time-consuming since years, we see a big difference in quality and the welfare and needs-oriented attitude of our animals is a concern to us.

 
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Auszeichnungen

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2008: Auszeichnung der Schweizer Vereinigung für Heilpädagogisches Reiten (der einzigen Vereinigung Europaweit, die solche Prüfungen durchführt): Auszeichnung für besonders vorbildliche Pferdebetriebe im Dienste von Menschen mit besonderen Bedürfnissen. Kategorien wie Haltung, Offenstall und Ausbildung, sowie Rollitauglichkeit und Sanitäre Einrichtung und Elternwarteraum sind hier entscheidend!

2011: LAG Pferderevue Award Kategorie artgerechte Pferdehaltung: Österreichweite Einsendung und Prämierung von Offenställen

2012: Verleihung des Bundestierschutzpreises durch das Bundesministerium für Gesundheit

 

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Our therapy horses

The contact with horses is both, stimulating and relaxing: The horses touch us especially on the emotional domain through their analogue communication and encourage us to constant mental and physical movements. Horses approach human courageously and unbiased. They see us with different eyes because they don’t read social codes of clothes, beauty and norm. Their senses read expressions, the body language and quality of movement. Horses can see feelings in our movement.

The training of therapy horses is very complex and lengthy. After absolving this, horses can support Equotherapy as follows:

Therapy horses as mouthpiece for feelings:
Therapy horses serve as speaker of feelings for therapists. At the same clients are supposed to learn to interpret the language of horses and test an emotional feedback.

Therapy horses as animator and companion:
For many clients therapy horses are the motivation to jump over one’s own shadow and to face themes and exercises. Apropos of nothing, horses reduce fears and awkwardness. Horses hold the therapy sessions in the here and now and turn seriousness into a game.

Therapy horses as trainer for life:
In the course of games and test of courages, in individual or group practice, clients tackle intensively with therapy horses. This results in a good training for (everyday) life and contact with fellow men.

Guinea pigs and rabbits

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Besides the therapy horses there have some other animals their home at e.motion: Next to the tipi there is an area for the small domestic animals. Four guine pigs and two rabbits are sharing a home. They can be observed during the day running, looking for food, digging, hidingand relaxing. 


Paying attention to these small animals needs a lot of patience and empathy! Lifting them up, grabbing them or stroking frightens them. The more respectful and careful one approaches them, the more curious they are and are pleased with made-up playing ideas, that are fun and spark interest.


It’s often a possibility for frightened children to entry the enriched world of animals. For tumultuous children they offer an experience of slowness and the art of small and careful movements.stürmischen Kindern lehren sie die Entdeckung der Langsamkeit und die Kunst der kleinen und achtsamen Bewegungen.

 

Sheeps

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Next to the riding arena there lives a little flock of sheep. Out of their sheep villa they greet every arriving visitor with a strong “BÄÄÄÄÄHH” and a happy about every humans who stops by and visits them in the contacting zone.


Of course our sheep travel to Lichtblickhof as well and are looked after by the children- the stable has to mocked out and they need fresh water and hay- and sometimes some sheep company our excursions with the horses.


Spring time is a very exciting time for the sheep families: As soon as the first lambkin is born, the mothers have to look after them. After short time, the little ones jump around the meadows and start exploring the world.

And sometimes we have to support them growing up, for example when a sheep mother has too less milk. Then there is a real bottle- fed baby which develop a great trust in human.