The reflective-sensitive approach

The reflective-sensitive approach is a sensitive body care technique for the horse with direct action of the rider (or owner), accompanied and supervised by an equine osteopath trained at the reflective-sensitive approach.

Who ?

The reflective-sensitive approach was created by equine osteopath Christophe Dreyer following his apprenticeship training facilitated by horses in the USA. The reflective-sensitive approach arose from the encounter between the Eponaquest Approach ® (learning facilitated by horses) created by Linda Kohanov, the »reflective riding » technique, developed by Rosie Withey, and the « animal onto-kinesiology » by Alfred Manuel. Christophe Dreyer adapted all of these approaches to the practice of equine osteopathy and create the reflective-sensitive approach.

How ?

Using his body as a transmitter, receiver and amplifier, the rider perceives changes and tensions present in the body of the horse. Accompanied by the osteopath, the rider will become aware of his impact on the body of the horse. Then, placing his hands as directed by the osteopath, the rider becomes an actor of the release of tensions in the body of the horse.

This action is doubly beneficial: physical contact between the horse and the rider during the release and relaxation of tissues in the body of the horse allows direct and immediate information of the rider’s body cells. The cells can in turn adapt to the new situation.

The reflective-sensitive approach is based on several observations :

  • The person who best knows the horse is the person who lives with the horse, this may be his rider, owner or trainer.
  • There is a link between the human and his horse. There is a meaning for the existence of this couple : both can learn and evolve with the situation.
  • Releasing tensions in the horse in association with the rider allows the two bodies to be informed of the changes of the body situation.
  • The horse-rider relationship is strengthened by the active participation of the human in the care of his horse.
  • This practice increases body awareness of the human rider.

For who ?

For all riders and horse owners who want to be actors of balance and well-being of their horses.

Benefits :

The owner / rider is the one who carries out the procedure on the horse, consequently he can feel the releases occuring in the body of the horse step by step.
Horse and human benefit together from the releases and increased awareness.
The relationship and trust between the human and the horse is increased.
The traditional benefits of osteopathy sessionn are also experienced.