Director and Founder of AK Equine Int. GmbH and AK Equine Swiss Spa BV.
Owner of Equilibrium Stables.
My longstanding passion for Horses and their Well-being lead me to pursue an Education and Career in the challenging Field of Equine Rehabilitation.
From the earliest age Horses have captivated me, so it was a logical conclusion that when I finished my International Baccalaureate in Science in Zurich, Switzerland, I would go on to study Equine Science.
I was very fortunate to have been able to Study in Gloucestershire, England and to have had two of my Horses with me on Campus. I was able to Compete on Weekends as Hartpury hosts Dressage Competitions of all Levels. It was a very fun but intensive time!
Hartpury College is also home to the Hartpury College Equine Therapy Center which was founded in 1999 by Dr. Kathryn Nankervis PhD. The Center is fully equipped with an Aqua Trainer and a High Speed Treadmill. Alongside Osteopathic Treatments, Ground Work, Lunging etc., they use these Facilities to Rehabilitate and Condition Horses of all Disciplines and Levels. While this interested me, I was even more excited by the Weekly Visits of countless of Top Level Competition Horses of Various Disciplines, including the Super Star Valegro, who all came to the Center to use the Aqua Trainer as part of their Training and Conditioning System. These Sessions are a vital part in the overall Management of these Horses, keeping them fit and healthy for longer. In Valegro's case, I don't need to illustrate what a successful Career he has had with one of the best Riders the World has possibly known, Charlotte Dujardin!
This is a Key Part in what I wished to take from Hartpury and apply here at Equilibrium. Not only Rehabilitating Horses when they were already injured but also using these practices to prolong their Healthy and Successful (Competition) life.
A Winning Concept!
Both present and essential for my Studies and for the Equine Therapy Center is the Importance of Research in Validating Results and Practices but also to Advance the Field and Improve the Efficacy of the Rehabilitation Process.
Experiments, Research and Results have always fascinated me greatly and using this to improve Management Practices and in turn Equine Welfare is something I am very interested in. Seeing the progress of my Horses since using the Pool and the Aqua Trainer, I am keen in progressing Hydrotherapy Research at Equilibrium Stables.
During my time at Hartpury, University of West of England Bristol, I was a Member of the Equine Academy and had the chance to train and compete in England up to Prix St. Georges in Dressage. At this time, at the Academy there was the Opportunity to train with Carl Hester, as he was overseeing the Elite Level Academy Riders. Unfortunately, when a space became available to have a Lesson with him, my Competition Horse, Aida, went unsound. Needless to say I was so disappointed to have missed this incredible Opportunity. He is one of my all time favorite Riders!
At this stage, Aida would need about 4-5 Months of Hand-walking and Rest, in which I struggled to find someone who could give her that Level of Care and Attention she would need to recover. It was not possible to keep her in unsound state on Campus, and I did not have the time during my Studies to give her this care while she was stabled elsewhere. It was then that I realized the need for a Holistic Rehabilitation Center that could aid the rehabilitation of Horses according to their Individual needs. I saw an Opportunity and a "Niche" in the Equine Industry.
With Aida's Journey and the impressions from the Hartpury Equine Therapy Center in mind, as well as the Comment, Remarks and input from Dr. Kathryn Nankervis PhD and Hartpury Professor and Fellow of the BHS Jeremy Michaels (FBHS) we set out to build a Rehabilitation Center which was both Resourceful and Innovative. Professor Nankervis PhD was my Lecturer in one of my Courses and Professor Michaels was my Lecturer in Equitation as well as my Trainer. I am very thankful to both.
From this Resulted our Final Set-Up of a Straight Swimming Pool, Aqua Trainer as well as the additional Treatments of K-Laser, Platelet Rich Plasma and Cryo- Therapy. All presented in a beautiful, effectively run Stable with Swiss Standards of Cleanliness, Hygiene and Precision!
I am fulfilling my Childhood dream that I had together with my Sister, Dr. Fabiola Kaiser, a Veterinary Surgeon, University of Nottingham, who is currently working in England. We are together at the beginning of an exciting and hopefully successful Venture!
AK Equine Swiss Spa aims to provide excellent, Five-Star care for your Injured and Recovering Horses while reducing the time spent off work and enhancing the rate of recovery. Alongside treating ailments, we aim to provide a Recovery Process and results that are Long-Term and not just a Quick Fix! As a result of a Holistic Recovery, the affected areas of the body are stronger than before, reducing the risk of a relapse. The outstanding, Stately, and quiet Facilities are an integral part of our approach.
Traditional Box Rest is not only bad for the Mental Health of your Animal, but also leads to Muscle Wastage and may cause a potentially dangerous environment once the Horse is returned to work – both Horse and Rider (Handler) may be injured due to the Horse’s exuberance. We take that risk off your hands by reducing Box Rest and instead implementing a specific and controlled Exercise Program approved by Veterinary Professionals and Owners, consisting of a combination of Swimming, Hand Walking, Lunging, Double Lunging, Ground/In-Hand Work, Light Ridden Exercise, as well as Sessions in the Aqua Trainer.
Our strengths lie in our ability to offer a large variety of Therapies to be able to tailor a Rehabilitation Program to the needs of each Horse.
Our Holistic approach includes an individual and specific Diet for your Horse formulated by Vera Colijn from “Horse Food – The best” feed company.
Additionally to this, our Paddocks are seeded with "Top-Cheval" and Wild Mint to optimize digestion. Horses can be turned out in larger or smaller Paddocks, as well as hand-grazed depending on Rehabilitation Approach. Horses are monitored inside and outside at all times.
We will always give our best!