All our horses live outdoors as a herd all year round.
This natural way of keeping horses makes them not only tougher and more resistant, but also encourages well-developed social behaviour within the herd and ensures that the animals are content and well-balanced. All this of course makes them absolutely reliable partners for riders.
All our horses are extremely well-trained and even-tempered. They are in very good condition, very willing, capable and powerful, and are so sure-footed that they can master every terrain and you can feel safe on their backs – in other words your horse is a partner you can rely upon!
Riding Style, Saddles and Bridles
We use Spanish working saddles, also known as Vaquero saddles, for our riding tours. These saddles were specially developed for the demands of the Spanish cattle drovers and their long working days in the saddle, so they are extremely comfortable for both horse and rider.
Our horses are used to single-hand riding with a hackamore, a type of headgear which does not have a bit but works on pressure points on the nose, chin and neck. It is very easy to learn how to ride using only one hand, and this style is much more practical and comfortable on long rides. A bridle without a bit makes it easier for the horse and rider to feel at ease with each other, even in difficult terrain and on long stretches.
We only walk or canter the horses. This is due to the hard nature of the ground and paths on the one hand, and to the design of the saddle on the other hand, which makes trotting very difficult and uncomfortable. When climbing up and down we make it easier for the horses by standing slightly in the stirrups and we also stand when cantering to take the strain off the horses’ backs.
As a matter of principle we would like to state at this point that most of the time we ride at a walking pace, especially on the days in the mountains, because the demanding terrain and the extreme ground conditions hardly allow any cantering.