I use a clicker – you use a whip. What is the problem?!

“You are just a silly circus trainer – you don’t know anything about really difficult horses. Your stuff maybe good, but it only works with good ponies.” Positive reinforcement training, often known as clicker training, has a strange reputation in the horse world. It’s often ridiculed and very often deemed as the little girls trick […]

Your horse is not a machine!

A horse has feelings too All behaviors in horses happen for a reason. For a good reason, I might add. The reason is never that ‘the horse is being silly, strong, moody or difficult.’ A big proportion of problem behavior in horses is related to fear or pain. Horse won’t load in the trailer or […]

10 reasons to visit us

10 reasons to visit Country Quest Portugal 1. You like hanging out with horses and enjoy being surrounded by them and feeling part of the herd. 2. You need to de-stress and slow down from your daily life. 3. You are down to earth, you enjoy nature and quiet surroundings. 4. You enjoy sunshine, good […]

Nona Peuransolan retriitti Portugalissa

Nona Peuransola from Finland is coming to Portugal to arrange a retreat here with us in September. The retreat will be held in Finnish this time,  but if there is interest for the same retreat to be held in English it can be arranged. Hevonen oppaana Minuuteen -retriitti Itsetuntemustyöskentelyä hevosten tuella   Nyt on ihana […]

What else can I see?

Here is a brief collection of attractions and points of interest around the area of southern Alentejo and Eastern Algarve. While you are visiting us, it would be a shame to miss these spots! Alcoutim – Within Walking Distance Traditional, small village that has a real portuguese feel to it. Lovely cafes & restaurants and […]

Horses Healing People – A collection of interesting articles

Why are horses such great companions for healing and de-stressing? There are numerous studies and research to back up the fact that being with animals is a great way to relax, de-stress and reconnect with your true self. I thought I would share here some of the most interesting articles I have found, grab a […]

Healing the broken soul

Have you ever heard the expression about emotional baggage? It applies for horses too. Horses live long lives and come across many situations, many people and many traumas too. Often stressful situations come and go fast and the release is imminent or almost imminent. This is the ideal setting, where life in general is good, […]

Human Vending Machine

Human Vending Machine – An analogy about clicker training Picture this; A hot summer day, you have been queuing in a stuffy government office for some paperwork for over an hour. The air is dry and hot, people around you are sweaty and smelly, you are bothered and thirsty. Didn’t think to bring a drink, […]

Our journey so far…

Country Quest Portugal has been a project in the making for over 2 years now. Let me cut a long story short, and tell you how we got here. 2016, East Sussex, UK. Brexit was just voted on, Daniel and Pia felt it for the first time. Racism – it was almost surreal, the morning […]

Why Natural Horsemanship isn’t Natural At All?

Natural Horsemanship… The more we learn about horses and what is natural behavior for them, the more we understand that what is labelled as ‘natural horsemanship’ is actually really far from natural from the horses point of view. Phrases like “move those feet” and “make him work if he does the wrong thing”  are very […]