WHAT A SUMMER!! Our 3rd and 4th MEETINGS ERASMUS+
Our ERASMUS+ PR0ject (2020-1-CZ01-KA204-078277) continued with so much sharing and cooperation among all!
In June we went all to CAPADOCIA, a region also known as the “Beautiful horses land". We had wonderfull moments of work in the lovely NEVSEHIR HACI BEKTAS VELI UNIVERSITY, but also lots of culture and fun.
We started the Meeting showing the Equipment and tools we use in the Centers of our Countries for the Equine facilitated Services.
Then, we started working in our Guidelines for preparing the horses for Equine Assisted Services (EAS, an umbrella term for all disciplines applied by the International Federation, HETI). Thus, we separated in four working Groups: Adaptive Riding; Equine Facilitated Learning and Social care; Equine Facilitated Mental Health (including Psychotherapy and Psychology support); and Equine Facilitated Physiotherapy, Occupational and Speech Therapy.
In Lithuania, we went to this wonderful region of the Baltics, KURTUVĖNAI, where we were introduced to the Kurtuvenai Regional Park . This amazing Park was established in 1992, with the aim to protect hilly landscape of Kurtuvenai with forested and laky surroundings. Its natural ecosystem and treasures of cultural heritage, create the greater conditions for educational tourism and recreation, and is where the Horse Riding Center is stablished, with its several riding services. Here are provided Equine Facilitated Therapy Sessions with clients with multiple needs, by the Lithuanian Neigaliuju jojimo asociacija.
We had the pleasure to know the excelent work developed by this National Association, and the research they started about Cortisol changes during Equine Facilitated Psysiotherapy.
We also have seen a PRACTICAL DEMONSTRATION OF ADAPTIVE RIDING AND EQUINE FACILITATED PHYSIOTHERAPY
(work with an adult with multiple scelrosis: mounting and dismounting with the hoyst.
That afternoon we went to the ANIMAL HUSBANDRY INSTITUTE OF LITHUANIAN UNIVERSITY OF HEALTH SCIENCES. Here we met the Žemaitukas horses, a historic Lithuanian breed of horses. They may be classified as ponies, due to its relatively short stature. The responsible bodies of Zemaitukas breed conservation are the Lithuanian Ministry of Agriculture.
During this meeting we continued our work about the quidelines and determined the final definitions for each disciplines.