Applied Zoo-pharmacognosy (AZ)

Applied zoopharmacognosy enables individualised, self-medicative behaviour in domesticated or captive animals by offering plant extracts that would contain the same or similar constituents to those found in an animal’s natural environment. This is done by closely observing self-medicating behaviour innately exhibited by the animal.
The practice encourages and allows an animal to guide its own health, since unlike their wild counterparts captive and domesticated animals rarely have the opportunity to forage on medicinal plants. The extracts offered include a variety of essential oils, absolutes, plant extracts, macerated oils, tubers, clays, algae, seaweeds and minerals.
Once the animal has selected its plant extract, it will then guide the session by inhaling it, taking it orally, or by rubbing a part of its body into it. Self-selective behaviour modulates individual dose of each extract so only what is required by the body is selected.
At no time are extracts administered covertly in either feed or treats. Animals are given complete opportunity to select or refuse all extracts, which are offered singly in their purest form.
Like many other natural / complimentary therapies, AZ considers the emotional impact of presenting conditions and seeks to offer a balance to mind and body.
The word Zoopharmacognosy is derived from the Greek ‘zoo’ (animal), ‘pharmaco’ (remedy) and ‘gnosy’ (knowing), and Applied Zoopharmacognosy is the application of this knowledge for animals who do not have access to an environment rich in natural resources.

About Tayche Paul

I am fully qualified and insured to offer support to a variety of species for many common conditions – emotional / behavioural and physical. Additionally I am an equine shiatsu practitioner, as well has having 30-years practical experience as a complementary and behaviour therapist with ‘human animals’.

Friday 13 May 2022, 17-20 pm

  • Understand the mechanisms that underpin self- medication
  •  Learn how to read self-selecting responses
  • Understand how smell and taste are used to achieve homeostasis to restore and regain health
  • Understand the different routes of administration
  • Understand how to apply the remedies topically
  • Learn how plant extracts can affect physical and psychological function
  • Understand the origins of many equine behavioural problems
  • Understand why some horses / dogs may poison themselves on ragwort or tannins

Saturday 14 May 2022

  • First canine session in the morning (approx 2-2.5 hrs)
  • Lunch
  • Second canine session in the afternoon (approx 2-2.5hrs)
  • Break
  • Summary of sessions and discussion regarding the common canine problems

Sunday 15 May 2022

  • First equine session in the morning (approx. 2-2.5 hrs)
  • Lunch
  • Second equine session in the afternoon (approx.2-2.5 hrs)
  • Break
  • Summary of sessions and discussion regarding the common equine problems

Friday + 1 day 1500 kn
Whole weekend 2000 kn

The price does not include lunch.
For the canine session you are welcome to apply with your dog.
A questionnaire will be sent to you upon application.
Booking is required. The number of participants is limited. You can make your reservation by making a 500 kn deposit.

For booking and additional information: // 091 9519 516

Communicate and train your horse through movement of energy

27-28 November 2021
Ranch 7 Stables and more
Istria Kringa
Marjolein Curry & Jele Dominis

This two-day workshop is a unique way to experience how energy – through our own body/energy awareness and training horses with our energy (no force) – can expand your communication with the horse and relax the horse in every way. In this workshop we’ll show you how to mentally and physically detect tension and help yourself and the horse release tension. The work through movement teaches us how to influence and create more inner calmness, balance, stretch and flexibility .
Learning how to read your own body and relax it to be able to help your horse relax and work with you is one of the most rewarding things .

Saturday 10 am – 6 pm with lunch break

In the morning Jele will introduce body awareness through breathing exercises and stretching exercises. You will learn how to release tension, clear your mind and get grounded. How this affects your relationship with the horse and why it’s so important.
After lunch we will do a short exercise and then Marjolein will introduce the principles of synchronic movements and energy and guide you through practical work with horses.

Sunday 9am –  5 pm with lunch break

We start with some exercises and you continue building up on what you have learned on the first day with horses.
Each participant will have a horse to work with on both days.
For those who are already familiar with Marjolein’s and Jele’s work can go a step further.

The workshop includes: horses to work with, sleeping place with kitchen and bathroom and lunch. In the evening we all eat out.

Price: 2250 kn (300Eur).
Booking is required as the number of participants is limited. You can make reservations by making a 1125 kn (150Eur) deposit by 21 Nov 2021. For booking and additional information please contact:  // +385 98 30 66 64  // +385 98 722 381
Fb 7stables and more

Only 5 places available, as small groups ensure that everyone gets quality time for learning and practicing.

Marjolein Curry is a horse trainer specializing in instincts energy and behaviour of the horse, balanced  dressage for human and horse and use of energy and body awareness in horse training. You can find more information about Horse Riding and Training Centre – Seven Stables” at

“Less is more” when you are aware of the senses of the horse.

The School of Equine Shiatsu, Croatia

New generation 2022-2024

The school in Croatia is part of The School of Equine Shiatsu (England); it follows the same programme and abides by the high standards set by the main school. The School of Equine Shiatsu has been educating shiatsu practitioners for horses for over 15 years and is one of the founders of The Equine Shiatsu Association (tESA). The students who finish the school in Croatia receive the identical diploma as the students who finish education in England and are entitled to become members of tESA. The next group will start in February 2022.
What is required and what is not required to enrol in the Diploma Course?
To become a student, it is not obligatory to have any previous knowledge in shiatsu. The students are expected to feel comfortable and safe around horses and have some basic skills in groundwork (leading and picking up feet). Riding licences are not required.
The future students should be 21 or above. Experience of the school showed that people under 21 do not have the life experience needed to acquire certain knowledge of shiatsu. There is no upper limit; so senior students are also welcome!
Knowledge of English is required, at the level enabling you to follow the lectures and study. All literature required during the education is available only in English. The Course itself is conducted in English.
The education for shiatsu practitioners lasts 3 years. The lectures, which are mostly practical, are carried out in 24 modules (Saturday and Sunday, 10am – 6pm), 8 modules per year. If you are interested to find out more about the content of the lectures, please take a look at the document “syllabus“. Participation at lectures is obligatory and students are also expected to show a great deal of independent engagement – practicing shiatsu on humans and horses, reading and preparing for upcoming weekend and studying for theory exams. Our estimations show that to successfully acquire the knowledge, a student would have to dedicate at least 8 hours per week to independent work.The lectures will be held around the city of Zagreb. The exact dates and locations for the entire first year will be announced by September 2021.
Participation in the Foundation Course before enrolment in the three-year diploma course is obligatory. We find this is the only way for you to be sure that you want to embark on this demanding journey. If you are interested in this 3-year education and you have never participated in the Foundation Course please contact us for details on upcoming courses.
Price of education and payment:

The price of education is the same as in the main school in England and is 36.000 kn (Croatian kuna) or approx. 4.850 euros. There are two payment options:

  • Regular monthly instalments by standing order that equals 36 instalments of 1.000 kn (approx. 135 euros) per month. The first instalment (down payment) is paid upon application to the Course and secures your place in the group. The remaining 35 instalments are paid monthly, starting February 2022 and ending in November 2024.
  • A down payment of 1.000 kn upon application to the Course and 3 yearly payments of 11.000 kn (at the beginning of each year, in January). In this case there is a 5% discount and the price for the whole course is approx. 4.600 €.

How to apply?
The application procedure is very simple… contact us via mail: and we will send you the application details for the next generation starting in February 2022. The number of students is limited, so early booking is recommended.
As Jill Blake says on the cover of her workbook: “Equine shiatsu – the journey starts here”. How much truth is in it… you will find out in a couple of years… 🙂

Equine Shiatsu foundation course in Croatia

Friday 5-8pm | Saturday 10am-6pm | Sunday 10am-6pm

Shiatsu is a comprehensive system of natural therapy based on the principles of the Traditional Chinese Medicine. It was created as a combination of knowledge in human shiatsu therapy and horse acupuncture. It focuses on finding the causes of problems (inner imbalances) instead of just treating the symptoms. By regulating the flow of energy (Qi) through the channels (meridians) balance and vitality are restored to the body which improves general condition and health of horses.
During the Foundation Course you will familiarize yourself with shiatsu as a therapy, find out in which cases shiatsu benefits horses and get first-hand insight into how shiatsu functions. You will do a practical work on humans and horses and learn how to relax your horse through simple hand and finger pressures, stretches, light rotations and touch. You will acquire enough knowledge and skills to be able to give a relaxation treatment to your horse. The Foundation Course is intended for horse owners, but also for those who are in contact with horses and wish to build a deeper relationship with them (riders, trainers, therapeutic riding instructors…).
The course is led by Vedrana Ivčević, dip SES and Jele Dominis, dip SES.

Booking is required. The number of participants is limited.
You can make your reservation by making a 500 kn deposit.

For booking and additional information: