Pure bred Andalucian (PRE) and Andalucian Arab or Sport horse crosses, ranging from 14.3 to 16.1 hands. Some of the horses are home bred, others came as youngsters, most of them stay with us for life.
They have been carefully selected for their good natures (a trait of the Spanish horse) and endurance. The horses are fit, happy and strong, they enjoy their work and are a pleasure to ride. These are not the average riding school or trail horse, but well bred and schooled horses, responsive and fun to ride. One of the most frequent comments from riders is that the quality and schooling of the horses far exceeded their highest expectations.
They lead a happy and healthy life, working hard when needed and free to be horses in a herd when not working. During the season they work one week on, one week off. As a result they are not sour, enjoy their work and being with people.
When bringing in new horses ideally we prefer for them to be un-broken and un-handled, so ensuring that they are correctly started. This initial contact and ground work is essential for a good future working relationship with people. Most of the horses have been started, backed and schooled by Mordecai.
Mordecai trained in Portugal as a classical dressage rider and has dedicated his life to working with horses. In addition to his passion for classical dressage he is also very interested in Western training techniques. Nearly all the horses have a basic training in classical dressage, they are light, responsive and forward going.
There are a selection of horses to suit different riding levels and great care is taken in the selection of horses according to the riding abilities and preferences of each individual. We keep about 22 horses and each one has its own personality, each special in its own way. Knowing very well their different characters is essential in matching horse to rider.