Technical School for Osteopathic Equine Therapy

image07Equine physiotherapists/osteopaths help when the body of a horse is out of balance by using various techniques on the bone structure and the muscles, tendons and ligaments.

Characteristic of the work done by Barbara Welter-Boeller at her facility is the appreciative, respectful treatment of animals. In the training she puts great emphasis on practical training. The facility has 50 – 60 horses for practical exercises, so that no one horse is over-exerted. The diversity in their breed, age and use, allows a demonstration of a wide range of practical problems which are treated as case studies.

Course modules are available for five days at a time of intensive work. All lecturers of the college are experienced riders, and thus can accurately explain the biomechanics of equine problems.
Elimination of causes and symptoms is discussed, as well as stabilization through targeted training to relieve the horse.

Veterinarians and Human physiotherapists can have this professional development and education recognized by the FN. Barbara Welter-Boeller began working with Saddlefit 4 Life in 2010 and has had Jochen Schleese appear several times annually at various venues throughout Germany to integrate his curriculum into the courses offered to the osteopaths. Several of the Saddle Ergonomists working in Europe have successfully completed their certification at the school and added the designation to their credentials.

http://www.welter-boeller.de/fachschule-pferdetherapie/

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If we are to turn the tide in a direction that honors the horse in and out of competition, it will be through the joint effort of a committed few like Jochen who lead the way and provide a path for others to follow. If we meet the needs of the horse, the horse will generously give back.

— Linda Hoover, US Refined Horsemanship Association

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