Welcome to the web page of Caballinus – občanské sdružení pro hipoterapii (citizens’ association for hippotherapy).
Caballinus was established in 2008 to offer and provide Equine Assisted Activities and Therapy. We focus on hippotherapy and devote mainly to children (from 2 months age). We are a member of Czech Therapeutic Riding Association (Česká hiporehabilitační společnost – ČHS).
Hippotherapy is a treatment method of physiotherapy (rehabilitation) which uses a specially prepared horse, specifically the movement of his back during a walk, to provide therapeutic effects. This movement is alternating and repeats rhythmically and cyclically. It offers stimulation for all senses and this directly influences motor behavior of the client through the activation of all levels of central nervous system. Our main aim is to improve neurological functions and sensory processing in children with various health disorders.
For who is the hippotherapy
Our clients are mostly patients of pediatric neurology and orthopaedics. We help children with retarded psychomotoric development, cerebral palsy, morbus Down, scoliosis, defective body posture, post-traumatic conditions as well as children with autism, ADHD or combined defects. We take care of babies in early intervention from the age of two months.
Our professional team
Our team consists of 4 hipporehabilitation horses – Morf, Mia, Šáza and Gerda, head physiotherapist Tereza Honců and her collegues Veronoka Hlaváčová and Anna Dobisová. The horses are trained and prepared for hippotherapy by the head horse trainer Bára Poláčková and her 3 assistants – Dana Kubrová, Radka Šibravová and Zuzka. We cooperate with many other people who assist us in different activities.
How does the therapeutic unit looks like
A hippotherapeutic unit takes 10 to 20 minutes according to the physiotherapist’s considerations. The unit involves also direct contact with the horse (petting, feeding). We recommend attending hippotherapy 2 times per week.
For the first time visit we prefer to have some recommendation for hippotherapy from your GP or other specialist. At the beginning we examine the child to choose the horse most beneficial for the therapy. Then the child is placed on the back of the horse in a position which is taking into account the actual motor development of the child. The horse trainer then leads the horse and the physiotherapist secures the child and corrects his/her position to achieve complete motoric and sensory stimulation.
What we offer:
- Outpatient hippotherapy
- Hippotherapeutic stays
- Physiotherapeutic examination
- Special lectures on hippotherapy
- Programs for schools and preschools
- Additional programs : canistherapy, musictherapy, artetherapy
Price: The price for one therapeutic unit (10 – 20 minutes, depends on age and physical condition of a child) paid by client is 200,- Kč. The rest of the costs (400,-Kč) is covered by our association.
How to register your child:
If you want to involve your child in the therapy, please contact the head physiotherapist Tereza Honců at firstname.lastname@example.org and you will be gladly provided with more information.
How you can help us:
We are a non-governmental not-for-profit organization and we deeply appreciate any form of assistance. To support our activities further, we are open to and welcome any financial benefit sent to the account number 234380325/0300.
Where you can find us:
Our horses are all year long stabled near Prague (30 minutes from the city center by car). Farm Poláček offers well-equipped base for our activities. There you can find a small cozy restaurant, a sandpit for children, an examination room, and a riding hall to use for hippotherapy when the weather is bad.
252 64 Svrkyně – Hole