Ellie Goulding

She is the kindest soul, she does not carry even one bad bone in her body. Never once has she ever pulled her ears back at me, never once attempted to kick..

She always wants to please, wants to do the right thing. She allows anything – and this is probably why she has had to work so hard in her life.

She is not young, closer to her 20s. A granny I call her. She really is like a grandmother, kind and sweet.

I dare not to think the suffering she has endured in her life. She too has been a gypsy horse, has pulled carts. She has dents and scars in her body, ultimate reminders of the hardships she has experienced. Even in her skull has dents you can clearly feel with your fingers.

In the early days she wouldn’t allow her head to be touched. She would flinch every time and then slowly relax and enjoy….

Now, she can’t get enough of scratches and grooming. You pick up a brush and walk in to the paddock and within minutes she will find you. Try to leave her and she will follow you, for more and more brushing. She will strategically place herself in front of you until you touch her, she will push other horses away to get most of the brushing. Neck and shoulder are her favourite spots.

She is a beautiful soul, so kind and gentle. Trusting & trustworthy, fearless, reliable, sensible and happy.

Our Ellie……

Pia Saari is the founder and owner of Country Quest Portugal. Throughout her life she has gathered extensive experience with horses in many different ways. She has worked with horses professionally in riding schools, livery yards and racing stables. She has worked in horse rescue and helped numerous horses recover from severe physical and mental negligence. She has studied equine ethology and psychology, learning theory and many other subjects relating to horses. Country Quest Portugal has a mission and a vision to make the world a better place for horses - sharing knowledge by an online course is a very important part of this mission. The course is priced low to make it accessible for everyone who wants to learn how to better care for their horses.