Riding in Andalusia
Nowhere else as in Spain the horse is part of life. The Andalusian are proud of their noble horses and riding is so normal as cycling anywhere else On Sundays, the Andalusian go out for a hack. Dressed up in traditional costume, the Spanish rider are sitting in a proud manner in the Vaquero saddle and the lady often sits on the horse’s croup.
We not only ride on Sundays, we saddle our Spanish horses every day and with around 300 days of sunshine a year we explore the nature around the Rancho Los Lobos on our rides.
Explore the wild nature in the largest cork oak forest in Spain
On the edge of the Natural Park Los Alcornocales, there are countless opportunities for us riders to explore the landscape during our rides. Through the park, passing by herds of cattle, we climb the mountainous area with our well trained horses, or we ride along the Rio Hozgarganta in the riverbed overlooking the castle of Jimena de la Frontera.
Our rides* are only for experienced riders and last about 2- 3 hours. On full moon nights we take unforgettable rides** in the moonlight with a stop in a tapas bar.
Special courses at Rancho Los Lobos:
7-day course in the women’s saddle with Carmen Gutierrez 20-27 September 2020
Carmen teaches her great passion, riding in the ladies’ saddle, during a week-long course in sunny Andalusia. Many more information such as mane braiding or the typical Vaquero knot of the tail are in the program and we get a German-language private tour in the Carthusian horse stud. The absolute highlight of this unusual riding week is the participation in the Romera, the pilgrimage of Marchenilla, in the ladies’ saddle and riding skirt who wants.
Limited places available.
Open stable and a lot of grass for our horses
Our horses live in a harmonious herd all year round. In November, when the rain comes, we maintain our pastures and bring the herd to our large open barn with its own eucalyptus forest. In separate feeding stations, each horse has the opportunity to eat undisturbed. 24/7 our horses have access to hay and alfalfa, a plant that comes closest to the hay we know. From April, when the meadows are beautifully juicy and green, everyone is allowed to stay together, after slow grassing together on the paddock, where they stay throughout the summer.
All our horses are barehoof with hoof shoes
Do you wear shoes at home?
Well, our horses don’t wear their shoes at home. But as the terrain around our Rancho is very stony and hard in summer, they get hoof shoes on during our hacks. It’s so simple and most of all very comfortable for them. This takes a little longer in the preparation for our rides, but we don’t want to deprive them of the pleasure of running bare hoof for the rest of the day.
The dressage is for the horse…..
Our horses are trained according to the ideals of the Academic Art of Riding from Bent Branderup. We prepare our horses with ground work before going out for hacks on our demanding terrain to keep them healthy
We are well aware that this is a very long and challenging way, especially since all our horses have a history in terms of training, except for our Arab mare Dashanti, who was brought with us from Germany. But the attention and joy they give us, during and after work, shows us again and again: this is our way and that is what makes us grateful and always puts a smile on our face.
Riding holidays in Andalusia – a dream for every rider
Isn’t it wonderful to wake up in the morning and the first glance out of the window is on horses.
We live with our horses and our horses live with us. You do not ride while it’s raining in Andalusia as we have (that’s what it’s said) more than 300 days of sun . Impossible in Northern Europe because you could almost never ride there.
The easy going way of the Spanish people with their horses is reflected in their behavior. Waiting patiently, to walk safely in traffic and without flinching along the railway tracks, all this is no problem for horses that grew up in Andalusia. Our horses are nerve-racking and tread-proof and are really fun on our rides, not only during the day but also in the evening with our unforgettable full moon rides.
Claudia Strauss – licensed Bent Branderup trainer
Our herd at Rancho Los Lobos
Being surrounded by horses is a real enrichment for us and fills us with great joy every day.
Their sensitivity and impartiality towards human beings fascinate us, because they feel what we humans do not see. They have the finest senses for moods and energies that are around us, every moment and with every living being. Horses are escape animals and that’s why this instinct is so incredibly important to them. They notice all attention, but also inattention, and demand absolute clarity in their dealings with them. Horses are wonderful teachers in terms of emotions and teach us to look and focus on what is really important.
** Full moon ride including meals 100.-€
Make your dream of a riding holiday in Andalusia come true!
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