Nina Steigerwald

Nina Steigerwald and Freya

For me Steigerwald.T is the expression of love for animals and nature. Each individual “T” stands for an area that approaches life holistically. The Training and Therapy Equipments originated from my old profession as a state-certified masseuse and horse physiotherapist. It is always a great pleasure for me to see horses doing healthy and happy gymnastics and bobbing. True Horse Agility is my passion. This sport is one of the areas in which I apply all my knowledge to an all-round concept for head and body. Training the animal friendly way includes everything to do with communication with positive reinforcement. This way of learning does not only lead to a more beautiful training, but runs like a red thread through my entire everyday life.

In Therapy, I find great happiness in finding out with other people what makes our lives and those of our animals more harmonious and worth living.

The Trail is the playground of our four ponies. They have a walking distance of just under a kilometre, the construction and extension of which presents us with challenges time and again. But the results always give us great pleasure. The everyday life of a horse should be as versatile and movement friendly as possible, that is my basic task as a horse owner.

Nina Steigerwald and Freya

For me Steigerwald.T is the expression of love for animals and nature. Each individual “T” stands for an area that approaches life holistically. The Training and Therapy Equipments originated from my old profession as a state-certified masseuse and horse physiotherapist. It is always a great pleasure for me to see horses doing healthy and happy gymnastics and bobbing. True Horse Agility is my passion. This sport is one of the areas in which I apply all my knowledge to an all-round concept for head and body. Training the animal friendly way includes everything to do with communication with positive reinforcement. This way of learning does not only lead to a more beautiful training, but runs like a red thread through my entire everyday life.

In Therapy, I find great happiness in finding out with other people what makes our lives and those of our animals more harmonious and worth living.

The Trail is the playground of our four ponies. They have a walking distance of just under a kilometre, the construction and extension of which presents us with challenges time and again. But the results always give us great pleasure. The everyday life of a horse should be as versatile and movement friendly as possible, that is my basic task as a horse owner.

Nina Steigerwald bareback

My path has always been shaped by horses. The ponies of the riding school taught me to fly in a double sense. From the money of my confirmation I bought the Welsh-Arabian Santo, which I kept on my own in the open stable. He convinced me to turn away from the English way of riding and we spent many hours and days together in the woods and fields. With him I also made my first groundbreaking Tellington experiences. In 1991 I set off with him and the mare Cheyenne, who had been bought with the Abitur money, as well as two dogs towards the Pyrenees.

Nina Steigerwald riding bareback canter
Nina Steigerwald bareback
Nina Steigerwald riding bareback canter

My path has always been shaped by horses. The ponies of the riding school taught me to fly in a double sense. From the money of my confirmation I bought the Welsh-Arabian Santo, which I kept on my own in the open stable. He convinced me to turn away from the English way of riding and we spent many hours and days together in the woods and fields. With him I also made my first groundbreaking Tellington experiences. In 1991 I set off with him and the mare Cheyenne, who had been bought with the Abitur money, as well as two dogs towards the Pyrenees.

Nina Steigerwald - trail riding along a castle
Nina Steigerwald having a break of trail ride
Nina Steigerwald and Katja Frey in Carcasonne
Nina Steigerwald - trail riding along a castle
Nina Steigerwald having a break of trail ride
Nina Steigerwald and Katja Frey in Carcasonne

Five months later we arrived in the South of France, where we enjoyed life in a beautiful area. Then I met Katja Frey, with whom I later rode back to Germany to begin my training as a masseuse and medical lifeguard. Further training followed, including craniosacral, sports physiotherapy and progressive muscle relaxation, but I didn’t want to work all day in warm rooms, dressed in white, even though the helper was very supportive.

Nina Steigerwald - physiotherapy for horses

In 1998 I held my first horse massage course, because it was the perfect synthesis of profession and hobby. Also in this area I continued my education intensively and came more and more to “beautiful” dressage work as a key for a healthy musculoskeletal system. It should be possible to do physiotherapy with horses, was my wish. Almost all physiotherapeutic, osteopathic and manual therapeutic techniques work with a passive musculoskeletal system. This is very useful and helpful and I was happy about every patient who ran better.

But how do you improve the sequence of movements, quality, awareness, coordination? “There is no limit to the improvement of movement.” This Feldenkrais quote illustrates what moved me to look for new possibilities in horse training. Stance training, all Tellington exercises, dual activation, lunge and double lunge work help horses to move better, but I wasn’t completely thrilled.

Physiotherapy for horses
Nina Steigerwald - physiotherapy for horses
Physiotherapy for horses

In 1998 I held my first horse massage course, because it was the perfect synthesis of profession and hobby. Also in this area I continued my education intensively and came more and more to “beautiful” dressage work as a key for a healthy musculoskeletal system. It should be possible to do physiotherapy with horses, was my wish. Almost all physiotherapeutic, osteopathic and manual therapeutic techniques work with a passive musculoskeletal system. This is very useful and helpful and I was happy about every patient who ran better.

But how do you improve the sequence of movements, quality, awareness, coordination? “There is no limit to the improvement of movement.” This Feldenkrais quote illustrates what moved me to look for new possibilities in horse training. Stance training, all Tellington exercises, dual activation, lunge and double lunge work help horses to move better, but I wasn’t completely thrilled.

Nina and Mario Steigerwald at medieval event
Nina and Mario Steigerwald on the road with horses
Nina and Mario Steigerwald riding at medieval events
Nina and Mario Steigerwald at work
Nina and Mario Steigerwald - kiss on horseback
Nina Steigerwald with horse on medieval event
Nina and Mario Steigerwald at medieval event
Nina and Mario Steigerwald on the road with horses
Nina and Mario Steigerwald riding at medieval events
Nina and Mario Steigerwald at work
Nina and Mario Steigerwald - kiss on horseback
Nina Steigerwald with horse on medieval event

In the meantime I had also come to endurance riding and participated as my personal highlight in the heath distance. Start at midnight and then 85 kilometers of distance were to be mastered, a great experience! In the following year it was through my exhausting pregnancy past with riding, luckily my mare Jule and I were carrying at the same time. But my four-year-old Collie bitch passed away with boredom. Since there are no coincidences, as you know, I had already got to know the clicker training through Katja and started to train Leiris with food praise. That was a huge step for me, as I liked being the boss of my animals and had punished misbehaviour consistently and without question physically during training. These new experiences were very promising. Next we started agility and I had a new wish: “You should be able to do that with horses too”.

Nina Steigerwald doing agility with a dog
Nina Steigerwald doing agility with a dog

In the meantime I had also come to endurance riding and participated as my personal highlight in the heath distance. Start at midnight and then 85 kilometers of distance were to be mastered, a great experience! In the following year it was through my exhausting pregnancy past with riding, luckily my mare Jule and I were carrying at the same time. But my four-year-old Collie bitch passed away with boredom. Since there are no coincidences, as you know, I had already got to know the clicker training through Katja and started to train Leiris with food praise. That was a huge step for me, as I liked being the boss of my animals and had punished misbehaviour consistently and without question physically during training. These new experiences were very promising. Next we started agility and I had a new wish: “You should be able to do that with horses too”.

Freya and her mother Jule
Meeting of the Steigerwald family
Freya and Frieda living together
Freya and her mother Jule
Meeting of the Steigerwald family
Freya and Frieda living together

Jule gave birth to Freya in June, I gave birth to our son Richard in July. Frieda, joined as a social foal (read more about the horses here). I started to transfer bit by bit what I learned at the dog to the horses. Katja and the internet were a great help to try out new things, to learn and to exchange ideas. My enthusiasm for the clicker training grew with every training session and when Katja told me: “So if you want to be really good, you have to go to Viviane Theby at the Scheuerhof and participate in chicken modules”, the decision was quickly made. With the clicker itself, worlds had already opened up, now it was universes!

Seminar with Ken Ramirez

I was very often in the Eifel on advanced trainings, was with Ken Ramirez, TAG Teach, Alexandra Kurland and Marlitt Wendt. The first book “Clickerfitte Pferde” was published in 2011, I worked on gymnastic equipment, performed with Frieda at the Equitana and started to combine the obstacles. Finally agility with horses was possible! In 2013 we had our first performances with our group “Fun for fitness”, book and DVD “Agility with horses” appeared two years later. In order to take even more people into the great world of learning, I have been offering chicken camps at Hof Steigerwald since 2014, followed by the “Training Specialist for equines” in 2017. Through my membership in the TOP trainers, exchange and further training are guaranteed, learning is a constant enrichment of my life.

Seminar with Ken Ramirez

I was very often in the Eifel on advanced trainings, was with Ken Ramirez, TAG Teach, Alexandra Kurland and Marlitt Wendt. The first book “Clickerfitte Pferde” was published in 2011, I worked on gymnastic equipment, performed with Frieda at the Equitana and started to combine the obstacles. Finally agility with horses was possible! In 2013 we had our first performances with our group “Fun for fitness”, book and DVD “Agility with horses” appeared two years later. In order to take even more people into the great world of learning, I have been offering chicken camps at Hof Steigerwald since 2014, followed by the “Training Specialist for equines” in 2017. Through my membership in the TOP trainers, exchange and further training are guaranteed, learning is a constant enrichment of my life.

Mario and I worked on and tinkered with horse seesaws and other equipment for meaningful gymnastics, because the therapeutic potential of this training soon became apparent. It was a long way with many attempts, until we could finally offer the Steigerwald.Training and Therapy Equipments online. In 2018 I successfully passed my HPP exam and would like to contribute to the mental well-being of people and their animals with the offer, just like by teaching good training.

WITH JOY IN MOTION!

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