Animal-assisted therapy offers many incredible success stories from around the world. The Camphill Community Schools have taken over the idea. Alongside horseback riding, the therapy program also includes cleaning out the stables, looking after and feeding the horses, donkeys, hares, ducks and cats at the kindergarten and boarding school for special needs at Lake Constance.
The goal of therapy for more than 170 kindergarten children and pupils at the boarding school for special needs in Föhrenbühl is to strengthen their self-esteem, promote individual abilities and improve overall health. Being around the animals is relaxing to the children, directing their attention to moving with the animals and improving their concentration, sense of physical balance and motion in the process. In addition, taking responsibility and overcoming anxieties are trained. The stable is in urgent need of renovation because the old stable and equipment are old and obsolete. Construction of the new building started after the old barn was torn down in January 2015. It is hope to be finished in late summer.
Daimler is supporting the project in the context of its social commitment. The donation from Daimler means that the program of therapy for the children can be maintained.