Reinhold’s Horse Wellness is small business in Wisconsin serving clients in the equestrian community since 2007 and was founded by Stefanie Reinhold. We provide equine services, clinics, presentations, and instruction focused on Horse Wellness.
In an effort to provide our clients with the tools that complement the wellness philosophy, our online presence also offers selected, high-quality equestrian products at HorseHaus.com.
The blog features information for dedicated horse owners, who are looking to improve the wellness and performance of their animals.
Stefanie Reinhold provides the following services:
Path to Performance™
Stefanie Reinhold developed the Path to Performance (P2P) approach based on the HDV12 German Cavalry Manual (basis for today’s FN Principles of Riding) and non-invasive bodywork methods. The goal of this approach is to strengthen the basics in horse and rider. Moreover, its purpose is to release tension, and to create a relaxed and supple horse and rider pair. This, in turn, prepares both for successful performance in their discipline of choice.
- Presentations to Clubs and other audiences
Saddle Fitting Services
Stefanie’s saddle fitting services have developed through a background in training (FN Bereiter apprenticeship) and equine bodywork (Masterson Method® certified practitioner) in combination with continuous saddle fitting education (Passier® certified saddle fitter). As a result, she provides saddle fitting services with a holistic view at the needs of rider and horse.
- Custom-fit Passier® saddles
- Saddle assessment of your current saddle(s)
- Maintenance routine flocking and custom saddle flocking
Learn more on the Services page.
About Stefanie Reinhold
Caring about the horse’s wellness
A native German, I first learned about the needs of performance horses in Germany during an FN Trainer (Bereiter) apprenticeship in the late 1970s. After raising a family and years in the corporate world, I returned to working with horses in 2007. Above all, with the goal of helping horses perform to their best ability by optimizing the horse’s wellness.
A certification in Equine Massage (WMSEM 2007) and the Masterson Method® in 2008 provided the basis for my practice.
The experience during my education with Jim Masterson was eye-opening and I soon became the first person to be certified in the Masterson Method®. Soon after, I also became the first certified instructor in this method, which has now won worldwide acclaim.
In their work, horses and riders depend greatly on the quality of the ‘interface’ between their bodies – the saddle! Incorrect saddle fit often leads to discomfort and performance issues in the horse and less than optimal seat in the rider. Optimizing saddle fit for rider and horse not only greatly improves the joy both derive from their work, but also prevents saddle-induced discomfort, lameness, and performance issues.
Through my bodywork and training experience, I learned that well-fitting saddle can be a ‘cure’ for some previously unexplained unwellness. Therefore, I grew my interest in saddle fit into a solid skill set that I now use to serve my equestrian clients:
- Certified Passier® saddle fitter
- Independent saddle fitter for many “English” saddle brands you may have in hand
- Maintenance flocking and custom flocking services
Writing and Translation
In 2010, I was honored to co-author Jim Masterson’s book on his method “Beyond Horse Massage”, which has now been translated into multiple languages.
My strong interest in horse wellness motivated me to translate several equestrian books (by Christian Schacht, Eckart Meyners) into the English language. In 2014 I published my translation of the H. Dv. 12 German Cavalry Manual through Xenophon Press.
In 2021/22, I was honored to translate Christoph Ackermann‘s wonderful book “The Quest for Balance”.
Presentations and Clinics
I have presented at various horse events, such as the Equine Affaire in Ohio and Massachusetts, the Midwest Horse Fair, the Illinois Horse Fair, the Hoosier Horse Fair, and more.
The 3-day clinic series “Path to Performance” has been well-received in barns all over the Midwest.
I have presented to horse clubs and other audiences on the topics of Equine Bodywork, Saddle Fit, Path to Performance, and the HDV12 German Cavalry Manual.
The Path to Performance™
Relaxed – Supple – Strong
Having worked with thousands of different horses over the years—from 4-H ponies to champion endurance horses and top breeding studs in Germany—I now combine my experience in equine bodywork, ground work, training, and classical German horsemanship into a three-prong approach to achieve optimal wellness in horses: The Path to Performance™ approach (relax, supple, gymnasticate) incorporates release of tension, suppling exercises, and strengthening exercises to create a basis for healthy performance in any horse.
Indeed, all performance requires the that ‘the house is in order’, meaning the basis for performance is set, the horse is able and confident to take the next step. With the proper basis, injuries and behavior problems are an exception.
Performance and behavior issues are often a result of not having this ‘house in order’… Treating the symptoms of this lack of proper preparation is a moot point. It’s simply enabling the ‘backwards’ approach to continue.
Instead, my goal is to support you in your efforts to create a sound basis for your horse’s performance. Mental and physical relaxation, then suppleness and strength through gymnastication and guided exercises.