“When I bestride him, I soar, I am a hawk: he trots the air; the earth sings when he touches it;
the basest horn of his hoof is more musical than the pipe of Hermes.”
William Shakespeare, Henry V
Since 2005, the herd of 70 Lusitano has been riding freely through the 1500 acres that make up La Donaira. That was the beginning of our activity with horses, and also the beginning of the philosophy under which we breed them: natural horsemanship, otherwise known as horse whispering.
Our mares, carefully selected with blood lines from stallion farms such as Casa Cadaval, Guilherme Borba, Sociedade das Silveiras and Bessa Solar Pinhas, are kept free in groups by the landscape of ancient trees. From the birth of our foals until they are around three years old, they roam the undulating mountains, and develop having their mothers as guides and interacting with the other mares in the herd.
Natural horsemanship makes young horses learn, play and grow healthy and strong, with robust hearts and docile souls. In this part of the work with man, creating and forging a bond of trust and respect between the horse and humans is supervised at La Donaira by Seamus, our horse whisperer. According to him “the right contact from birth ensures a confident young horse”.