So you think you get the whole western thing right? Dude ranches, gimicky bits, chaps and big spurs; you’ve seen those spaghetti western films, where guys gallop about with their feet pushed forward, and their hands held high – horses with mouths gaping. Who would ride that way you ask?
Well thats not western riding. Thats not the way its done.
The real aim for well trained western horse, is to have a soft, harmonious connection between rider and his mount. Much like classical dressage, the idea is not to see what the rider is doing, but to witness a fluidity when the horse and rider are working together. Seeming almost as if he is doing nothing, the western rider should achieve transitions (up and down), work the horse on two tracks, stop, turn and even spin with the artful grace of a dancer.
And so it came about, through the many many lessons that Franco our trainer, and Marco his assistant gave to our riding clients this year, the idea to offer a special package for riders wanting to learn the technical aspects of western riding – and not just the basics neccesary to ride our horses on the trail.
As it is, Castellare di Tonda Quarter horses has both horses chosen and trained for trail riding, and horses bred and then trained for finer, honed-in school work.
So for 2018, we are proud to offer a 50% training with 50% trail holiday.
Mornings are spent in the arena, working with our trainers and riding our Quarter horses.
The afternoons are spent outside, enjoying the spectacular landscapes, and fantastic riding trails that Tuscany has to offer.
This week long trip is on offer from April to the end of October 2018.
We reccommend booking in advance, as lessons have a max of two people per hour.
Package price per person based on twin share option with one or two bedroom apartment, 2 x apartment cleans, 1/2 bottle of wine each evening, Buffet breakfast and full course dinner, daily tourist tax, 5 lessons and 5 x guided two hour trail rides.
(15 hours total riding).
30 Mar – 6 Apr: €1,459
7 Apr – 20 Apr: €1,339
21 Apr – 27 Apr: €1,483
28 Apr – 18 May: €1,339
19 May – 13 Jul: €1,483
14 Jul – 24 Aug: €1728
25 Aug – 21 Sep: €1,483
22 Sep – 4 Nov: €1,339
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