EAHAE Member 2007
Can you recall what you were
aiming to achieve when you were about 10 years old? What your most intensive
dream about your future was at that time?
This is a very effective question
if you as a coach want to help someone find out today what his or her passions
had been before their dreams were pushed into the background through life's
reality. More often than not, the answer to this question will be the starting
point for finding out what the true emotional vocation of your life is.
I have loved horses since I was a child and many encounters with them had near
therapeutic effects on me. This eventually made me study horse therapy, without
at that time really practising it. My job career after that foray into horse
therapy has been the work as regional manager in many projects of rural
development. Today, almost in the middle of my life, the above question has
taken me back to my roots and has made it possible to turn my passion into a
My husband, me, our two adolescent sons, and our animals (two horses, three
lamas, and one dog) live in a small village in the northern Lower Austria. Our
business, "outdoor assisted development" (OAD), on one hand offers spare time
adventures just for fun, on the other hand it offers process orientated training
for teams, student groups, social profit organisations and the general public.
The idea of our business is exploiting the power of nature for the benefit of
the individual or company. Animal assisted development, especially with horses,
is a part of OAD, using the elementary energy that emanates from horses.
Horses are symbolic for a lot of things. They work as a giant backdrop on which
we project our emotions, strengths, and fears. They offer many opportunities to
deal intensively with oneself. Horses work as mirrors. They act and react
immediately. New perspectives and unusual points of view and approaches are
opened by them. Horses are motivating, they donīt judge others the way we humans
do and therefore they approach people without prejudices.
At present, I mostly work with individuals in a special therapeutic and
pedagogical context. I experience and learn. Iīm looking forward to being
involved in more horse assisted training projects in the near future.