Tina Turner – Because She is Simply The Best

Tina is our second youngest member of the team, born in 2015. Although she is turning 4 this year, she is still just a baby and I have no plans to start any ridden work with her for a couple of years yet. She needs to mature both mentally and physically and there is no reason to rush. She can take all the time she needs to develop, we will take things easy with her.

As a personality Tina is fun! She absolutely loves a good butt and teat scratch and will make her wishes known by placing her big palomino butt in your face. If you get the right spot, she will lift her leg for you, much like a dog. But she is very picky and will quite loudly tell you when she is not enjoying it. I am absolutely fine with her voicing her opinion, we are working on finding the correct volume together. Like teenagers very often, she likes to scream it out loud. “ Stop, stupid, that’s not where I asked you to scratch!” is what I imagine she says as she swishes her tail and pulls an angry face at me.

Patience is not her virtue, and you could argue she is not the brightest. I simply say she is still a teenager and still learning to get to know herself too.

She is calm, she is beautiful and she is sociable with people and horses. She is a very good mindfulness teacher, in fact I like to think of her as the meditative leader of the herd. Together with J.Lo these two are incredible therapists.

Her early childhood story is very sad, she was born to a mare who was tethered into a tree. Somewhere during labour or on the days after her mum became tangled in her rope and tragically lost her life. Poor Tina stayed by her mums side until she was found. Since then Tina was sold on, but luckily to a good place where she lived her first year as an orphan baby with two other mums and babies, until she moved in with us as part of the original gang of 8 in the end of 2016.

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.