Steigerwald.T at the EQUITANA 2019

We are on tour for you, because …

…the Equitana – one of the most important global horse fairs – will open its doors in Essen for 9 days! We are very happy to help enrich the Equitana with animal-friendly Steigerwald.Training, our equine gymnastics equipment and horse rockers.

In Hall 6 at Equimondi at booth No K29, you are welcome to hammer us with questions, try out our various horse rockers, have a chat about animal-friendly training and any other horse-related topic might be on your mind!

You can watch our live performances at the Cavallo Ring and Hall 6. You will see True Horse Agility and Medical Training with positive reinforcement. Come and see my two own horses, Frieda and Amadeus, showing that they not only have fun at work on their home turf, but also in the unfamiliar surroundings of a show ring. We will also demonstrate that positive reinforcement is an animal-friendly and effective way of training, that can be implemented with any horse – you only have to know how. You can watch us train horses of other trade fair participants that we have never met before – that will be a particularly exciting part, even for me! Thanks again to all the Facebook friends who helped find volunteers for this challenge.

In addition, I really look forward to stimulating round table discussions about dominance with regard to horses. And there will be even more. In the Horse Health Forum you can watch me talk and demonstrate the importance of the cooperation signal.

For times and places please refer to the timetable below or on the Equitana home page.

meet us at the equitana

Upcoming events are online

calendar 2019, part 1

What lasts a long time – taking 80th birthdays, important events and everything else into account – is finally going to be good, isn’t it? We proudly present the Steigerwald.Training event calendar 2019! Compact horse clicker clinic, True Horse Agility day, horse seesaw trainer workshop, Medical Training, one-day entry-level chicken camp, the five original Chicken Camps, Open House on the first weekend of September including a True Horse Agility Tournament, the ongoing modules of Training Specialist Horse with a restart at the end of March, featuring the new seminar format “Training Professional Horse”… There are many inspiring events for you to choose from to enhance your training for the benefit of the animals. We look forward to seeing you!
Go to Steigerwald.Events 2019 or browse our web shop at the Steigerwald shop.

Horse Rockers and Medical Training at the Pferd und Jagd

meet Nina Steigerwald at Pferd&Jadg

Horses seesaws and Medical Training at the “Pferd und Jagd”

At this year’s “Pferd und Jagd” Hof Steigerwald is represented at the Equimondi’s Horse Health Forum in Hall 26. We will demonstrate Medical Training and gymnastics equipment on-stage. At our booth in the Expert Village, we will share and discuss the Steigerwald.Ts: True Horse Agility, Training pet perfect, Training & Therapy equipment and paddock Trail.

On 6 December we will conduct a live demo of medical training at the symposium for horse health professionals in Hall 19 (Convention Center). And I have written an article for the exhibition’s magazine about this event with the veterinarian Ann-Kathrin Bäcker. Equimondi put together a great program featuring new insights, methods and therapeutic approaches. We look forward to seeing you!

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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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.