I took the intensive holistic lesson during my trip in Portugal two weeks ago and loved it!!! Andreas lead me patiently and gently to understand how to work with and understand the horse, through body language and energy. Importantly, he also taught me to recognize and feel the signs I was giving to the horse and that the horse in turn giving me. I am not new to horseback riding, as I started riding when I was six years old.. well, Andreas' approach and relationship with horseback riding is beautiful and I really liked it. Very grounding and inner eye opening. From the moment we started brushing the horse (Samwise :)) and doing the warmup exercises, I felt relaxed and "at home". I knew I would enjoy the lesson very much and believe me, I could have continued for another two hours at least when it was over. I highly recommend taking the lesson. Go there with an open mind and heart and you will enjoy it immensely.
The next day I took the trail ride, which was also fantastic! The nature around Monte Velho is breathtaking, such beautiful trails, distinctive fauna and so near the ocean.
Ohhh well, I really hope to go back to the Aljezur region soon and I will certainly be going back to the holistic riding centre!
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