When you read my webpage I speak of riding horses in Portugal. In this page I am going to explain why riding in Portugal is such a unique and satisfying experience. Riding in Portugal is a different kind of riding experience, one that stems from the fact that the country is rich with classical riding traditions. A riding holiday in Portugal will improve your horsemanship and you will have fun at the same time! An avid rider myself, I represent the finest dressage horse riding and training facility in the country and for more than seven years I have been helping clients to plan a trouble free horse vacation. As the exclusive agent to Morgado Lusitano Riding Center I provide my services to help you experience the perfect horse riding holiday.
Why go to Portugal to learn to ride better?
This is a good question!
I guess the most important reason is the fun you will have while riding quality horses. The
culture of Portugal has
somehow been infused with a gentleness that seems to
define the character of the instructors. Because of this they are able to guide your learning in
a way that is non-threatening. Contrast this with other countries methods, where strictness and discipline are the rule, and you can see why
learning in Portugal makes for a decidedly better riding holiday. Many experts
agree that to improve your riding skills you need to ride many horses.
Ideally, these horses would be trained above your current
level; however, in many
countries this is often difficult to find. As students we are often
learning to ride and at the same time trying to
teach our horse what we want them to do! It is a bit like tuning a grand
piano at the same time you are being taught to practice scales. This makes
the learning process very complicated and clearly it would be easier to learn a
new movement on a horse that was already trained to deliver it. In Portugal, the opportunity
to ride highly trained horses is a real possibility. Since the horses we
supply are already trained, you can concentrate on having fun while improving
Why this specific riding facility?
What is it that makes
Morgado Lusitano special? The primary reason is the Lusitano
breed of horse and the classical heritage of horsemanship that they represent.
Classical horsemanship seems to have endured in Portugal
without many modifications. Until recently, cultural changes must have either come through Spain or across the
ocean, and this has created a culture that has been resistant to fads in
horsemanship. The consistent training of these horses, enables you to
experience a horse riding holiday in a way that isn't possible anywhere else.
Another reason is that this facility is not just a riding school for students. Their main purpose is to take young horses and train
them through High School movements. This means that good horsemanship is
practiced every day at virtually all levels. The instructors that teach
you are the same trainers that work with the horses, and this complete knowledge is what
makes the time you spend here so insightful and valuable. Some of the horses you may
ride are used in shows; some are for sale; and some exceptional ones are permanently
stabled as school riding mounts. But all offer the aspiring rider a chance
to ride different horses, and most of them are trained to a degree that is
unavailable as a school mount in other countries.
It's not only the riding that counts.
Another important factor is the
treatment of the client. From personal experience I can tell you that few
other training stables will make you feel as comfortable. You can trust your hosts to
ensure that you are safe, have secure clean housing, good food, reliable
transportation, and are able to communicate in English. Without these
basic necessities, any learning you hope to do becomes far more difficult.
In general, Portugal is a very friendly country, and although the facility I represent
goes out of their way to make riding the priority, they also understand the stresses that
visiting a foreign country can induce, and work hard to reduce these effects.
Isn't it expensive?
did a study to help provide an answer to that question. It revealed a wide
variation for what riding lessons cost in the USA. A minimum for a
dressage lesson seemed to be around $55.00. A clinician with a known reputation
varied from $75.00 to $230.00 per session and the lessons were often only 45
minutes long. The highest case, almost a joke really, was for $2000.00 per
day! So it would appear that riders will pay whatever the market will
bear, regardless of quality or content, with an average being around $150.00 per
Some final thoughts...
There is one other factor that makes your riding holiday in Portugal especially productive. This is the immersion factor. Portugal is just remote enough that you will find yourself leaving your normal daily routine at home. When we are in a foreign environment our normal routines are missing and so we are much more receptive to "fill in the gaps". It seems easier to focus without all the distractions of making a living at home. This freedom allows you to experience and learn what the riding holiday is really about, and that is to feel the magic and oneness with your equine partner. And isn't that the point of your riding holiday in the first place?
So what do I do next?
The specific information about Morgado Lusitano is contained on their website. Please visit www.RideinPortugal.com where the web pages explain about their venue, the housing, a sample schedule and their prices. Review the site and then call or write to me. You can contact me by clicking here, the "contact me" link of Morgado Lusitano. I will contact you as soon as I receive your e-mail and begin the process of helping you take the first leap of your journey. Joseph Berto
This page was last updated on 07/22/07.