Very calm and sensible mare who loves working and being made a fuss of. Bolinhas is a perfect confidence giver for people who have never ridden before, although she really comes alive when asked to pick up speed - which she has plenty of! Bolinhas is often seen side by side with her best buddy, Loretta, in the herd. She is blind in her right eye but it doesn’t bother her in the slightest, she is completely capable and doesn’t let anything slow her down.
Ellie is a real gentle sweetheart with an unknown history. From the scars in her body we can only guess she has not lived an all pleasant life. Despite all the bad things she has gone through, we have gained her trust and found the gentlest and softest mare hiding under a nervous and shy cover. Ellie is an excellent horse for those who have never ridden before; she really looks after her riders and does not put a foot wrong. For more experienced riders, she has speed, power and control that leaves you breathless.
The newest addition to the Country Quest team. This stunning dapple grey mare was a complete stranger to the equine life having been tethered with no other horses for company for the first 5 years of her life. She has quickly adjusted to life in the herd and has established herself surprisingly high in the rankings. Loves being around people and will stand for hours being brushed.
Absolutely drop dead gorgeous palomino mare with an unfortunate difficult past. She was used as a carriage horse and it seems that whips and chains were used on her on regular basis, which has understandably affected her trust towards humans. Due to these demons from the past Lola gets worried easily. We are working with her to build her confidence to help her become calmer, steadier and happier. She has come forward in leaps and bounds already in the past months but as she can still be unpredictable and fast in her decisions, Lola is currently ridden by staff only.
Gorgeous black mare of Spanish origin. Feisty and fast forward with experienced riders she seems to have this amazing ability to read people and is very calm and relaxed with those who are nervous. Loves leading the rides, nothing startles this confident mare. Loretta is best friends with Bolinhas and they are often seen out together.
Born in 2016, she is the youngest of our herd. As a foal of the alpha mare Paloma, she is a proper little princess. She seems to be getting away with murder with the other mares; everyone is very tolerant of her and her antics. Lua is a very confident and inquisitive foal, nothing startles her. She is the first one to investigate any new things and there is very little she worries about.
Our beautiful alpha mare, she may be small but what she lacks in size she wins in confidence and temperament. In her previous life she was a carriage horse, she has power and strength like a small village. Paloma is very strong and forward going; she is a suitable horse for those with previous riding experience. Mother to the youngest of the herd, Lua.
Our "teenage dirtbag" Tina is a 2 year old palomino mare. She is at the bottom of the pecking order of the herd but is slowly learning to stand up for herself. She had a really unfortunate start to life; her mother was tethered to a tree and died in a freak accident while Tina was still very young. Since Tina did not have a mother to teach her proper manners, being with our herd has been invaluable for her and she is slowly starting to understand the correct way to behave with other horses. She has chosen Ellie as her ‘surrogate mother’ and she spends a lot of time with her.
Standing at 153cm tall, Zara is a beautiful grey mare. Lovingly referred as 50 shades of clay, she prefers to present golden copper shades more than the angelic white! Extremely sensible horse to ride, knows exactly how to pick her way through the rocky hills without tripping. Zara has given many first timer riders heaps of confidence with her calm and wise personality. She loves carrots but will turn her nose up at an apple.
Rescued from a tiny shed she had grown up in, Jennifer Lopez was quite the feisty mare when she arrived. She had no social skills with horses having lived in isolation and her skills with humans were all based on fear and violence. She wasn't an easy horse to begin with. She was completely fearful of people and because of that she was aggressive. She had no warning system, it was all action from the word go with her if you startled her at all. She would go from "Ok, we can hang out" to "It is better if I kill you quickly" with no warning. After a year and a half with us, she has learned to be a great little herd member. She has friends in the herd, she knows how to communicate, and she loves people. She is a great healer and an incredible listener. An absolute treasure!
Severa was a gypsy cart pulling horse. She is very strong and forward going but quite worried by nature. She still needs a lot of time to gain her confidence with people. With clicker training, we are making big progress with her. It is great to give her that feeling of control and ability to effect her own life in that way. She learns fast thus doesn't forgive training mistakes, she gets easily frustrated, She has huge scars on her body from the past where she was in a terrible transport accident. It is lucky she is here with us today. Her injuries must have been hugely serious at the time to have left such large scars behind.
Our horses are our team – we couldn’t do this without them! We pride ourselves with providing them with exceptional care both physically and mentally. Their wellbeing and happiness is our #1 priority!
We believe in natural horsecare and allow our horses to live as naturally as possible. Our horses are kept barefoot and ridden bitless. They live out in a herd 24/7 with access to shelter from sun, rain and wind. They have unlimited hay and unlimited fresh water as well portions of hard feed twice daily.
Our horses have a carefully managed workload and we consistently monitor both their physical and mental wellbeing to ensure they are always happy, well and healthy.
Country Quest is a small business ran by only two people, both passionate about horses and people. We speak fluent English, Finnish and Portuguese. You can get to know us better below.
Daniel – CEO & Finance
Daniel has a big heart for all animals and great natural skills with horses. Behind the scenes he can be found on the laptop engulfed in excel sheets calculating, estimating & budgeting. If not out riding, he is often seen building, fixing and creating solutions around the farm – he keeps it all going!
Pia – CEO & Operations
Pia is a countryside girl and has ever growing enthusiasm in natural horsemanship and natural horse keeping. Horses are her passion, she is also behind the social media accounts, marketing and product development.