Country Quest is a horse farm in Alcoutim, Portugal. Our mission is to bring people closer to horses, in more ways than just riding. We offer horse assisted mindfulness meditation for individuals and groups, we arrange hikes with horses and occasionally bitless horse rides too. We can also teach you about positive reinforcement training and natural ways to keep your horse.
Everything we do is done with the horses wellbeing as a priority – but we do really look after our guests too.
Trail rides with happy, metal free horses – no bits, no shoes, no spurs
Our horses are our friends, they are our team and each one has their own unique personality. They have their good days and their bad days, just as us humans do. We don’t force them to do anything, we aim to make their work so pleasant for them that they are always happy to come out to play. If for any reason a horse shows unwillingness, we listen and find out what is making them unhappy. We treat them with utmost respect and integrity, they deserve nothing less!
Country Quest is located in the beautiful Algarvian country side near the town of Alcoutim, we are nestled in a beautiful, tranquil location with endless miles of beautiful countryside to explore. Our riding trails are across hills and valleys, there is no roadwork involved. We have great facilities for courses, good learning spaces for workshops and comfortable bedrooms for guests to sleep in.
Our horses wellbeing is our #1 priority
We operate with the animal welfare at the heart of our business. This involves active monitoring of both physical and psychological health of horses, resting periods and rides each horse has taken. Our horses live as a herd in an active stabling arrangement which means they are not confined to a stable, but can choose to come and go as they please. In order to maintain the most natural living conditions for the horses, at Country Quest horses are kept barefoot and ridden bitless.
With Country Quest you get to spend time with your horse before and after your ride!
Horses can offer you so much more than just a mean to get from A to B – they are so much more than just a mean of transport or a machine to win ribbons with. Horse riding includes so much more than sitting in the saddle, but yet it is often difficult to find a place where you can learn and participate in the care of the horse and a place where the horse is seen as an emotive, valuable being.
Country Quest is not expensive mass tourism operator whose only interest is circulating large numbers of tourist for maximum financial gain – we are a family business and we are in business because we love what we do!