Presenting our equine coaches from left to right :
Guajira, a bay mare, age 28
Padrino, a chestnut gelding, age 18
Canelo, a black pasofino gelding, age 13
They are all Pasofino horses, a breed that is very common in the countries surrounding the Caribbean. They are a smaller type of horse with slender bodies, small feet and a very smooth even gait, the so called "paso fino". These characteristics make them fit to travel long distances on rocky terrain.
They live as a small herd with free roaming all day in the paddock which has plenty of shade and water. At several times during the day food and hay is placed around the paddock to promote constant movement and interaction.
All our horses have been trained according to the guidelines of natural horsemanship, after they arrived at our location.
All of our horses are barefoot and ridden bitless. The hard dirtroads in the area with rocks are no problem for their feet, who have grown to be fully accustomed to it.
We have been working to establish partnerships with them, which means they have not been overpowered or forced to perform better than their abilities and learned skills at the time. Instead we have instilled trust and confidence in us and themselves, allowing them to express their ideas and emotions.
As a consequence they respond instinctively to each other and to us and are willing to cooperate in confidence and without fear or agression.