“I’ve spent most of my life riding horses.
The rest I’ve just wasted.”
LA DONAIRA HORSE RIDING
We have more than 70 Lusitanos at La Donaira, bred and raised according to natural horsemanship principles, otherwise known as horse whispering. By understanding the horses’ natural instincts and ways of communicating, we train them without causing stress or fear in an effort to teach trust and respect for all future training and interactions. The horses are happy and responsive as a result.
Our friendly, experienced international team is uniquely positioned to tailor multi-day programmes to suit any level of experience. We cater to advanced riders – individuals and groups – and offer everything from invigorating hacks to classes. We also cater to beginners, and have horses particularly suited to children.
Riding takes place in the outdoor arena and on trails across the 1700-acre mountain property. We can provide helmets, safety vests, jodphurs, riding boots and chaps in a variety of different sizes as required.
Our expert team of instructors can tailor lessons to suit the needs of every rider from advanced to beginner, children included.
Hacks take place on the La Donaira property where there are a range of trails suited to different levels of experience.
NATURAL HORSEMANSHIP TRAINING SESSIONS
Assist and observe in one of the daily training sessions of our young horses, between 6 months and 3 years old. The content and duration of each session depends on the age of the horse that is being trained.
We aim to work with the horses natural instincts and methods of communication in an effort to teach trust and respect for all future training and interactions.
GROUNDING ON HORSEBACK (AN INTRODUCTION)
Available daily. An exercise in strength, balance and trust. By slowing breathing and relaxing into the natural rhythm of a horse, people can feel a great sense of connection and relaxation. An excellent way to overcome a fear of horses.