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Equine Assisted Activity and Therapy Centre
focused on Hippotherapy and Equine Facilitated Learning

  • A non-government not-for-profit organization with national range
    Founded in 1999
    Yearly serves for more than 100 children with neurology and orthopaedic disorders from 3 months of age
    Professional team of people (therapists, trainers, administration) and horses
    Accredited training centre
    by the Czech Therapeutic Riding Association

    Conducting conferences and workshops, counselling, internships, training of therapy horses
    All year round business - indoor arena on the premises
    Wheel-chair friendly environment
    Communication in Czech, Slovak and English languages

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Welcome on Občanské sdružení Svítání website that is located in Liberec, North Bohemia, Czech Republic - 1 hour drive from Prague, 30 km from borders with Germany and Poland (map of Liberec). This website is devoted to promote Equine Assisted Therapies and Activities (EAAT) - rehabilitation with the help of horses.

Občanské sdružení Svítání (OS Svítání) is a non-governmental not-for-profit organization that offers EAAT services for children with various health disorders. The servicesare provided in the riding club JK Sever in Liberec beneath Jested - the view point of county. We offer our services to clients from the whole country on outpatient basis or as weekly intensive hippotherapy stays combined with other physiotherapy techniques, see pictures.

The services are provided by 4 employees, several volunteers and 6 horses. Our horses succesfully passed a licence for therapy horses in August 2012 - see Therapy horse certification program.

Our work is possible due to financial and material support from many both individuals and companies. Volunteers are helping us in our everyday business. We have also found sympathy and support from government institutions. Our activity would not be possible in such range without this extensive support. We are happy that people around us are not indifferent and contribute to improvement in life of persons with disabilities - thanks to all.

ACTIVITIES:

  • Hippotherapy and Equine Facilitated Learning.
  • Acredited training centre by the Czech Therapeutic Riding Association (Česká hiporehabilitační společnost – ČHS). Conducting conferences, workshops, counselling, internships and training of therapy horses.
  • Participation in national and international conferences and workshops with focus on promotion EAAT in the Czech Republic
  • Educational CD-ROM “Praktický průvodce hiporehabilitací – Practical guidebook in EAAT” was released in 2004 and updated in 2007.
  • Participation in creating "Hippotherapy standards".

We organize weekly intensive internships focused on hippotherapy in early intervention, equine facilitated learning and therapy horse training. These internships are open to all who wants to gain experience in this field. The only requirements are age of minimum 16 years and be familiar with horses. For further details and inquiries please contact us.

In the Czech Republic, EAAT has become a favorite topic for master or bachelor thesis. Some of the abstracts are available in English.

Feature articles about OS Svítání in English: The Prague Post 9/2003, NARHA'S Strides – Fall 2007, FRDI Newsletter - September 2008.

OS Svítání is a member of The Czech Therapeutic Riding Association.

Residence address:
OS Svítání
Ještědská 35
466 01 Jablonec nad Nisou
registered by MV ČR dne 3.12.1998
registration number VS/1-1/38216/98-R
IČO 68974990
account number: 2700283362/2010 FIO Banka Liberec
Office address:
Panenská 25
466 01 Jablonec nad Nisou
e-mail: os-svitani@email.cz www.facebook.com/osSvitani