An Osteopath’s Look at Horse Rockers

Horse rockers & osteopathy

Gymnastics with Steigerwald equipment is a great way to promote your horse’s bodily and mental health. On Sunday, 4 November 2018, Antje Tjarks of PferdeReha Friesland will hold a workshop at Hof Steigerwald.

We will concentrate on physiologically benefical seesawing techniques, because the correct technique matters a great deal. In order to achieve the highest possible benefit for the musculoskeletal system of the horses, we need to develop a good eye for the desired muscle activities. Equally important is practical knowledge of the individual training steps, the choice of the right feeding points and, of course, exact timing.

Time: 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Price: 60 Euros

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Video of Paddock Trail

Enjoying movement! The Steigerwald credo not only applies to True Horese Agility and Training equipment. Even the most ingenious training programs for my horses could not compensate for a lack in quality of daily life.

During winter the five horses live on an area of roughly 1 hectare. We constantly enhance and improve the area in order to help our horses to enjoy their lives to the full.

During summer the Steigerwald.Trail includes 1.1 km of varied trails round the whole compound. . The horses need to walk quite a distance between their water supply, different feeding places, shelters, mineral licking stones and branches to nibble. The ground varies from very soft (sand) to medium soft (rubber mats, various types of paddock mats, forest floor with intertwining roots) to very hard (stone, concrete and pebbles). We equipped our horses with GPS trackers, which registered an impressive 10 km per day.

On the Steigerwald.Trail the horses can choose between a small copse for shelter from weather and insects, two airy stables with natural compost floors and one stone stable as part of the original farm house. Enjoy a visit to the trail with Joost Harenborgs beautiful video tour.

Spontaneous Beginners’ Seminar Clicking Chickens

There are some seminar places still available in our one-day Chicken Camp for beginners on Thursday, 11 October 2018.

This is a workshop for anyone who takes an interest in training with positive reinforcement and clicker training. You do not need to know anything about chickens in order to have a go at training with them ?

Chickens are perfect training partners: they are fast and direct in their responses and help us develop our skills. Chicken Camps are designed to improve the vital training skills in order to become a better trainer for whatever animal species you work with in your daily life. By solving various training tasks, the participants enhance their timing and observational skills. Trainer games and theory are an integral part of the workshop, because only if you know what you do, your animal can do what you want.


  • Definition and effects of positive and negative reinforcement and positive and negative punishment
  • The A: B-> C in operational conditioning
  • Manual training skills: How to effectively click and feed
  • Learn how to carry chickens stress-free
  • Timing: Why is it fundamental to the learning process to know exactly when to apply a primary and a secondary reinforcer?
  • Rate of reinforcement: Training task ‘orbiting an object’
  • Criteria: Training a target


10:00 am to 6:00 pm

Price: 120 Euros, VAT included

For lunch, please bring something for the buffet. We take care of drinks and snacks during the day.