Scientific work

Besides the therapeutic work with small and big shining moments, the recharge of batteries with horsepower, the giving of  ray of hopes und BEING THERE for children and youths, the scientific approach to the topic equine-assisted therapy is very important to us.
That’s why we have done small research work in the last years, formed research groups for bigger projects and fortunately kept on getting the opportunity to give talks about our work.

Researchgroup Equotherapy

2018 we started a bigger research project. Cooperating with the University of Vienna, the Unit of Comparative Medicine of the Messerli Research Institute of the Veterinary University of Vienna and the Sigmund Freud University of Vienna we started the data collection in February and analysed them according to the topic „Because they feel your heartbeat! Heart rate (variability) and cortisol distribution as a sign of synchronisation within horse assisted therapy based on body language.”  
2014 there was a research project at e.motion in cooperation with the Van Hall Larenstein University of Applied Sciences in Leeuwarden in the Netherlands. With the heading “Who infuences whom?- Interaction between client, horse and therapist” Saskia Aust and Ilona van Dongen worked for their course animal management with the main emphasis animal-assisted therapy. The aim of the study was to analyse which bilateral influence of body language between horse and client is shown during a free interaction session under therapist guidance.

In 2006 we started a research project under the direction of Univ.Doz. Dr. Thomas Stephenson and Mag. Roswitha Zink: Using video analysis the nonverbal communication between humans and horses was investigated in order to present and explain the mechanisms, effects and the potential of Equotherapie.
For more information click the download below.

reasearch equotherapy
forschungskonzeptengl.pdf - 390 kB

Lectures and workshops


Every now and then we get the opportunity to give lectures or workshops:


  • Regularly "horse whispering" workshop at the Vienna zoo
  • March 3rd, 2018 Workshop (ÖKL/LFI-Zertifikatslehrgang „Tiergestützte Intervention am Bauernhof“)
  • April 13th, 2018 The long night of science
  • June 26th – 29th, 2018 oral presentations at HETI Congress in Dublin
  • September 6th – 9th, 2018 advanced training "Lichtblicke im Takt"
  • September 24th – 26th, 2018  Partizipation at Child in the City

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