HORSE THERAPY AND INTERACTION

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HORSE THERAPY AND INTERACTION

Can you imagine a place where horses and humans are treated as equals? A place where you can tap into the wisdom of these gentle giants and learn together. A place for workshops, trainings, interactions and coaching that benefit both horse and human. That is our vision at Quinta Carvalhas’ Horsemanship Centre.

Experiences for Human and/or Horse Well-being

Please note that all our horse experiences are non-ridden, unless you bring your own horse. Horses have so much more to offer than just transporting riders from A to B.

Coaching with Horses

In this personal development coaching session, the horse acts as a powerful mirror, reflecting your energy and giving direct feedback on your intentions in a non-judgmental way. You will be taken through a series of exercises allowing you to see yourself through the lens of the horse, which is incredibly healing and provides a fresh perspective on any life questions or challenges.

Pricing ( 90-minutes )

€85, p.p.

Meet the Herd

Spend some time with the herd and learn more about how horses interact and how to read their behaviors. Standing in the middle of the field, observing the horses in liberty, you will get to know all horses on the farm as well as their stories.

Pricing ( 30-minutes )

€15, p.p.

Tuning into Energy with Horses

Join our herd in the field for a free-flowing interactive experience. Connect with the horses through touch, matching breath and energy and let the sounds of nature and the peace of these gentle beings take you on a journey. Experience their energy as they mirror yours, will bring deeper insight into the way we are with others and ourselves.

Pricing ( 60-minutes )

Max 15 people €250, per group.

Yoga for Horseriders

This private class is set in our yoga shala and is tailored to the needs of horse riders, with meditation and breathing exercises to help calm the mind, as well as physical poses aimed at strengthening as well as relaxing the muscles and joints, we use whilst riding. This private class can be tailored to fit any level of fitness and experience.

Pricing ( 90-minutes )

( 75-minute class ) 
50€ / 1 person,
28€ p.p. / 2 persons,
17,50€ p.p./ 3-9 persons

Venue Hire

Looking for a place to organize your own course, training, or retreat?
If you are an instructor, trainer or coach who shares our vision on horse well-being, we will be delighted to host you at our beautiful space

We can offer:

  • Outdoor Arena (30m x 60m), with shaded viewing box
  • Indoor Arena (12m x 15m)
  • 3 boxes, 2 of which have adjacent paddocks
  • 11 friendly resident horses
  • Spacious fields with shelters, as well as smaller paddocks
  • Horse washing bay
  • Possibility to bring your own horses
  • Indoor venues in various sizes for presentations or theoretical sessions (including screen, projector, flipchart, WiFi, A/C etc.)

And of course, you will have access to all the Quinta’s facilities, including luxurious accommodation and delicious vegetarian meals cooked by our resident chef, using fresh produce from our permaculture garden. – click here to find out more

Livery

Don’t you love seeing happy, healthy horses in the field? Quinta Carvalhas currently is home to 10 horses and 3 ponies, living in small herds on our 42ha property and we’d be happy to take on two more horses.

We offer various options for livery, to suit your and your horse’s needs: horses can be retired at our property, or you can choose to train your own horse at our stables, and/or we could train your horse for you. Our facilities include brand-new stable with adjacent paddocks, spacious washing bay, indoor arena for groundwork and lunging and a full-size outdoor arena, plus there are many hacking trails nearby.

Rest assured that your horse will be checked daily by our vet nurse, including changing of rugs/fly mask as needed. Your horse can be included in our roster for hoof, dental and veterinary care.

Starting price per month: €345 (including hay, excluding training and hard food, contact us for a personalized quotation).

Work Exchanges at Quinta Carvalhas

Are you keen to learn more about training and riding in a way that is based on two-way communication? This is your chance! Join Quinta Carvalhas´ Equine Team in the Portuguese countryside. Our small herd of 11 horses are wonderful teachers. They assist in our horse coaching sessions and our Quinta hosts workshops and clinics on various topics related to a more natural way of being with horses.

Who you are

You have a passion for horses and want to learn more about intuitive training methods.
Ideally you already have some experience, but you are looking broaden your horizon.
You are not afraid to get your hands dirty, you are willing to learn, have a positive attitude and are flexible. You are fluent in either English, Portuguese or French. Minimum duration: 6 weeks.

What your day might look like

The horses all live on the field, so we start the day going around to feed them. Then we clean the outdoor shelters, after which we start the training of the horses. This will vary day by day, but will include fetching the horses, grooming and general care taking.

Depending on your ability, groundwork, riding and hacking out, etc. could be added to this. Besides this, there are always cleaning jobs that need to be done, or you might help elsewhere on the farm if needed.

What we can offer

Work 25 hours a week in exchange for food, comfy accommodation, and the opportunity to experience new training methods and techniques.

Contact us for more information.

Quinta Carvalhas

Located 15 minutes’ drive from Golegã, the horse capital of Portugal, Quinta Carvalhas offers a different way of being with horses. Experience interactions for both horse and human wellbeing, as well as horsemanship and rider training using The Gentle Touch® method.

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