All your equestrian activities will be headed by the highly skilled farm manager and trainer Bernardo. All his life Bernardo has had a passion for horses, cattle and working the farm in the traditional way. Although of course, from time to tme he uses tractors and quads, almost always he aims to be managing the farm from the back of a lusitano. He breeds and trains all his horses which are a mix or pure bred Lusitanos and Luso/Arabs. Favouring the Vaqueira / Garrochista style and he has adopted many of the techniques.
Particularly the use the Garrocha that is now seen in part of the working equitation competition.
His work is highly skilled and simpatic and it includes everything from simply moving cattle from one pasture to anaother to separating animals for vacinations etc. From horse back it is much less stressful for the cattle, they comply easily because they totally accept the horses as their managers .
There is a special bond between the Lusitanos and the cattle.
There are 3 herds of cattle on the farms made up of pure bred Alentjana cattle a Portuguese breed. All the cows are pure bred. Since they are breeding for beef the bulls they use are Limosine which provide more size and loin.
The horses are all highly trained and have many advanced exercises that they need to quickly react and manuveur during work. Exercises such as canter pirouettes, lateral movements, canter changes are all required in the work.
Bernardo will provide all the training during your stay and his gentle confident manner will guide you through a remarkable experince of the working horses and all they need to do their job effortlessly.