Ms. Glöckler, what are the benefits for people with disabilities when they interact with horses?
Sandra Glöckler: For many, "taking the reins" signifies an important milestone in improving their self-confidence and independence. The horse responds to gestures, breathing, moods, tension and authenticity in the relationship. The required relationship calls for you to have your own point of view and thus strengthens your sense of self. The horse does not care what a person has been through. What’s more important is how the person feels at that moment and how authentic he or she is. Horses cannot be influenced by superficial outward appearances, such as how attractive, restrained or strong a person acts for example. By its very nature, a horse is curious and friendly and thus creates a calming, yet motivating atmosphere. Horses are highly social animals and for me represent energy, strength, endurance and beauty.
What does one of your riding lessons look like?
Glöckler: Horse riding is more than just a sport. Horse riding means emotion and trust. Horse riding is a way of life, full of fascination, passion, and desire. Our various choices are aimed at supporting people and strengthening their mental and emotional fitness, boosting confidence in their own capabilities and thus sparking motivation and excitement to make any necessary changes – to support people on their journey to independence.
"Rolli auf Trab" is based on the principles of natural horsemanship. Horsemanship is not intended to train horses but rather human beings. The focus is on building mutual trust and respect, aimed at the concept of feel, timing, and balance – all in unison with the horse.
Before we ride, we gather the horses together and bring them in from the pasture, we clean and saddle them. In doing so, you sense where and how the individual horse likes to be touched and pampered – and you discover your own needs by connecting with the horse.
Horse riding is a sport people with and without impairments are able to experience together on equal footing as a recreational activity and that entails successes for each individual. Emphasis is customized based on individual objectives and interests as well as capabilities.
Customers enjoy the following benefits from their riding lessons:
- Improved perception and assessment of impact
- More trust and confidence
- Recognizing limitations and setting boundaries
- Boosting self-confidence
- Guiding a horse is similar to managing life: focus and inner clarity are essential to achieving a goal.
- Feeling refreshed and alive after horse riding
- Re-awakening your lust for life