Keeping in Natural
La Donaira´s commitment to giving their horses the best possible start in life begins from birth the foals are in contact with humans to ensure that they know from the outset humans are friendly and add value to their lives. Their development is over watched by Seamus, a unique individual that found his way to La Donaira in 2006. Seamus, always ready with a smile is devoted to providing a sensitive, respectful approach to all the horses and in particular the young foals.
He believes it is essential that the right contact from birth ensures a confident young horse when it is time for them begin in their ridden life. This philosophy also means that when there are times it is necessary to handle them such as for vaccinations, moving and if they get an injury then they are not afraid, and remain gentle and safe to handle.
Seamus with a young colt
With the Horses from Birth to Starting
Seamus is always around the Lusitano herds on the farm checking their well being and maintaining regular contact with each and every one of them. At weaning he begins working with them individually in the spectacular round pen. Here they learn to be handled alone and develop their relationship with Seamus as their leader. He uses old techniques where the foal is lose and asked to move around the pen in a certain direction and the opposite direction guided my Seamus no chasing threatening or shouting the young foals simple sense Seamus´s body language and gentle coxing either way.
Eventually he invites them into the centre and rewards them with pats and soft words.
Working in the Round Pen
Eventually when they are between 3 and 4 years Seamus with an assistant begins the process of introducing them to ridden work.
Seamus provides courses on the farm in Horsemanship and Liberty Work
All the ridden horses on the farm are educated in dressage both ridden and in hand. Some are available for lessons. They all live at the stable area where they have paddocks to enjoy through the day. The training programme which is classically based dressage is managed by Jose Manuel and his team. Each horse has an individual programme designed for him or her.
Gaining a Broader Perspective
There are visiting classical trainers that provide lessons, advice and training plans for each horse whatever age and level of ability. All horses have a basic training consisting of
- Lunge and in hand work
- Ridden Dressage
- Riding out
- Rest and Relax time
Nutrition and Paddock Life
The horses nutrition is also carefully monitored and the farm have a professional equine nutritionalists who regularly visits to assess each horse and match the nutritional requirements to their level of work etc.
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