Josepha Guillaume

Josepha Guillaume

Hi horse peeps,

We hope you are doing well and are enjoying your summer. We know we are! We just had our annual Summer convention.

Want to see how what we do during our conventions? Then check out the little video made especially for your peeps, down below!

Have a great summer

Team Equus Universalis

Bonjour Horse peeps,

Here is my new tip blog pour vous! Made with love for your horse. Make sure you watch it and spread the word to help horses worldwide.

I show you my own journey here with my Don Conquistador.


Vitamine E deficiency is a problem often overlooked until it is to late because the first symptoms are often atributed to the horse's character. People think the horse is just naughty, lazy and unwilling. Alas, this is most certainly not the case (if ever).


So what are the symptoms of vitamine E deficiency?


#1 Stretching the hindlegs behind the body and dragging the hind legs

Because a lack of vitamine E causes muscle weakness and sore muscles, simply standing and walking already demands a lot of the horse. The horse will just drag his legs underneath him instead of carrying himself.


2 Overal tiredness and lying down

The horse just seems like he is not really there. He seems detached and constantely exhausted. Instead of running and playing, you see him lying down a lot. The lack of vitamine E causes extreme muscle fatigue and a 'flu' kind of feeling.


3 Constant unexpected spooking or exploding

This has 2 causes. An ill horse is a stressed horse. He is in constant fear for his life because he fears he can not get away fast enough from predators, causing the 'better safe than sorry' approach. Next, lack of vitamine E causes damage to the nerve system. All in all not a good combination


4 Skin problems and loss of muscle tissue

When the vitamine E defiency is not found, the skin will get infected and the muscle tissue on your horse will start to dissepeare. This is how bad Don Conquistador looked half a year ago. He had had every veterinarian test done known to men, but a vit E check. So take advantage of this video and have it checked with your horse, even if vitamine E is suffiecently present in the daily feed


5 So how to cure vit e deficiency?

The first thing is obviously to have the vitamine E level checked via your horse's bloodwork by a specilized equine vet.

If the vitamine E levels seem okay, but your horse still shows these clear symptomes, I suggest you follow these tips anyway:


- Add natural, not synthetic vitamine E to your horses feed. Check with your equine vet for the dosis.

Make sure your horse gets acces to grass and add lindseed oil to the diet.

- Give the horse absoluut rest in the paddock. Wait for him untill you see he gets fit and eager to work again. 

Depending on the severity of this might take weeks, up to half a year before it gets better.

- Also add magnesium to the feed to calm the nerves.

- Start working in hand and on the lunge, first in walk, don't push your horse, wait for him to show signs to want to move again.

- Feed food high in fatty acids and proteine but low in carb in order for the body to repair the damage.


As you can see, Don Conquistador does not look how he did half a year ago, thank God.

But it took that long for him to recover. I have been training him in hand slowly, careful not to ask to much of him. When I saw he became more fit I started him on the lunge. It took months for him to be able to trot or canter again.

Since I few days I started riding. Because of the memory of his aching fatigued body I have to be very careful to stay below his stress level. Ask often for a little and reward constantely. He does not likee for me to post so I sit. Slowly but surely his body and mind will heal and he will become the glorious horse I know he can be!


If you like this video, please share it so other horses might be saved from this horrible and dangerous condition.


With classical regards,




Dear Classical riders,

I am so proud to announce that my book, first published in German by Cadmos, last year has been published in English and is available worldwide. Whether amazone or target, from Australia to Zanzibar, you can get it everywhere! I hope you do enjoy!

Here is the link to get your paperback copy in the United States: Target

With Classical regards,


Dear Classical riders,

I am so proud to announce that my book, first published in German by Cadmos, last year has been published in English and is available worldwide. Whether amazone or target, from Australia to Zanzibar, you can get it everywhere! I hope you do enjoy!

Here is the link to get your paperback copy in the United States: Target

With Classical regards,


Dear Classical riders,

Sinds my childhood, nothing was... is, more glorious to me than the Spanish Riding School of Vienna. As a young girl, I dreamed about becoming a Bereiter, but at that point, women were never enlisted. I always hear my grandfather's words: "In the Spanish Riding School you witness riding, all the rest is just sitting on a horse." 

Since 2016 I am one of the few lucky people on this planet to have lessons from a SRS Bereiter. That is already a dream come true, I realise. But last October, we visited the show of the SRS in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, and we were invited to come and meet the imperial whites behind the scenes. We thought we'd share a bit of that magic with you! 

What struck me most, as did two other Equus Universalis instructors that were with my husband and me, namely Sylvie and Sandy van den Goorbergh, was how happy and relaxed the stallions were. Eventhough they were in a strange environment, with strange horses, mares even. They were so relaxed and curious and open. They just did not seem to get enough of human contact. And that my dear friends, tells you something important about the school and the stallions: The horses are happy, happy with their life and happy with their training. An other valuable point that proves that the school is still the olympic fire of classical equitation is the fact that most of the horses were 20+. Imagine that, these stallions perform these difficult and straining tasks with zest and ease up to 27. Only then do they go on a happy and fresh retirement. Not because they have to, but because they deserve it. Horses can become 40, so why should they have to retire anything before 25? That would be like we humans, retire at 35 or 40. Is that not ridiculus? If your horse has to retire before the age of 25, you have to ask yourself what it is that you have missed. For sure accidents and ilnesses happen. But it should be normal for correctly trained horses to work fit and happy up to at least 25. That is the proof of why classical dressage is the one and only true natural way for horses. And, that can still be found, to this day, after more then 450 years, in Vienna.

Me having a tiny affair with Capriole professor Conversano Kitty. Sssst, do not tell Owen! (Yes this moment is right up there with my wedding day...)

I will be taking lessons again this year in March, June and October... But the hight of this year will be when I visit Vienna... of course I will make sure to be able to share with you peeps as well! For now, go behind the scenes with us in Rotterdam... 


With Classical regards,


Tuesday, 06 February 2018 12:34

5 tips for horses with respiratory problems

Dear Classical riders,


This time of year many horses seem to struggle with respiratory problems. With my life long experience in rehabing horses, here are 5 golden tips to help you get your horse back on track and enjoying winter!

You can find everything explained in our newest video down below.



Here are the tips written out for you:


#1 Rubber mats


When you place rubber mats in your horse's stable, you can drastically decrease bedding, which means a lot less dust.

Of course you can use wood shavings, but some horses need a little straw to munch to keep their digestive system optimal, even if they have round the clock hay.

Thouroughly shake the bedding out before letting the horse in. The mat will trap the acces dust.


#2 Make your own stable and hay spray with essential oils


Mix a liter of hot, not boiling water with 10 drups each of the following essential oils.

1 Thyme

2 Pine

3 teatree

4 Eucalyptus

5 lavender


Let it cool enough to pore it in a spray bottle. Shake well before use!

Now spray away and make your horse ever so happy!


#3 Spray the hay with water


Its often adviced to completely submerge hay or use haylage.

In both cases health benefits of hay is lost. Try this in stead.

Hay nets come in really handy here

Then spray your wetted hay with your spray. Voila! Welness food!


#4 Feed herbs


The rights ground herbs can make a real difference to your horses health.

Remember, you are what you eat


The herbs that are listed here can have a huge beneficial effect on respiratory problems. The herbs have a detoxing effect, help heal infections, relieve pain, increase the imune system and some are anti histamines. 

Add them to your horses feed daily and add some water or even better linseed oil so your horse will not choke on dry powder in his feed.



1 Turmeric

2 Spirulina

3 Milk Thistle

4 Stinging Nettles

5 Thyme


Attention: before you add turmeric to your horses feed, first have your vet do bloodwork to assure that your horse is not in any way anemic.


# 5 Help your horse off the forehand with in hand gymnasium exercises


Maybe not a tip you might expect but mostly overlooked

Here you see one of my students helping a horse off the forehand by means of lifting the shoulders. 

When a horse leans on the forehand, there is pressure on the chest, which obviously makes it harder to breath.

I have seen many horses with resperatory problems drastically improve just by helping them off the forehand.

Helping your horse to collect his body is in fact nothing but a pure welness treatment. 



I trust these tips are helpful to you. Please share for others to benefit from them.

Enjoy the rest of bug free winter!


With classical regards,




Bonjour Horse peeps!

You haven't heard from me in a while. But you can follow what I am doing via my VLOG, don't forget to subscribe when you start watching, so you will get an update each new video.
Apart from my training with the horses, I am very much busy working on the preparations of our SRS clinic. it is getting really close now and I am getting tremendously nervous! But at the same time happy and excited for this is a dream come true and a giant new step in the evolvement of my personal education and the direction in which my school is moving.

But in the meantime, I came across this little video on facebook... do you see what I see?
I find this video hilariously metaphorical of the cocky and pointless behaviour of many roundpen trainers.
If you have no clue what I am talking about, please read my article on roundpen work 'Not so merry go round'.

If you want to chat with me about this, just go to my facebook page:

With Classical regards,

Tuesday, 02 August 2016 16:44

Classical shet

Dear classical riders!

It has been quiet on this blog. That was because I was with the horses all day, every day. It was also the last month Afortunado was here, so I had to spend extra time training him every day. And eventhough I have help from Caroline, Jaidee, Ivanka and Lore, the stable work is still a large piece that consums my day.
However, if you want to know what we are up to here at Equus Universalis HQ, check out our Vlog and don't forget to subscribe!

A horse is a horse at Equus Universalis, meaning that size does not matter. Therefore please enjoy shetlander mare Roos (Rose) from the Netherlands, trained and owned by Equus Universalis trainer Sylvie van den Goorbergh, starting her classical dressage career, under the watchful eye of arabian stallion Troy.
Dear Classical riders,

It is with great joy that I let you know Cadmos has informed me that 'Problemlos Gebisslos' which would translate to 'Troubless bitless' will be published in English this November!
Obviously I am exilarated over this news!

This book is a must read for those that aspire bitless riding or already ride bitless but want to know more about how to make it as horse friendly, healthy and safe for your horse and you, as possible. But it also is a great read for the riders that ride with a bit, but want to know how to start a young horse the classical way, which is to say, in a cavesson, or need inspiration to work a horse according correct classical guide lines while re-educating a horse, in which bitless, or in any case the soft cavesson will come in handy. This book is also a very handy manual for dressage instructors who get students who want to ride bitless, or for bitless instructors who have students that want to engage in classical dressage bitless.

We are looking forward to all the people who begged me for an English copy, to be able to have a read this winter!

With classical regards,

Dear classical riders,

Today we have a special treat for you! Equus Universalis instructor, teacher at the Equus Universalis Instructor School and yoga and dance instructor from the Netherlands, Sylvie van den Goorbergh, developed a specific yoga method for riders. This is such breaking news even the Dutch papers printed an article on this!
Because she already sees many riders and horses benefitting of her teaching, she has made a free rider yoga session for all of you to practise and improve your seat in order to help riders and horses world wide. Good seat equals happy horses! Take advantage of this opportunity I say. I know I am!

Do enjoy! And do not forget to subscribe to our channel!

ind the second part of this video on our channel :)

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