This is a question we get asked often. Why don’t you ride your horses and what do you do with them?

No, we don’t ride our horses. They are a part of our family. We keep them, we love them, we look after them and we learn from them.

That’s really what we do most of,

We learn from them.

Every day they teach us. About responsibility, about integrity, about being real. They teach us how to lose our ego and how to be humble, how to be present and how to observe, notice and release.

In learning we teach, and in teaching we learn.

The more time and generous,unconditional love we offer our horses, the more they come out of their shell. The more we learn, the more they teach.

Unconditional love does not mean no boundaries and rules, it means clarity and simplicity. It means that things that are allowed are always allowed and things that are not allowed are never allowed. It means that everyone, humans and horses included, have a right to regain their space anytime and they won’t be any less loved for it.

Here it is ok for the horses to say;

“Hey, today I am not ok with your touch, I want to walk away.” Seeing a horse do this can be hugely empowering. Standing their ground, speaking their mind – if they can do it, so can you!

People have so much to learn from horses – and so very little of it is to do with riding.

Pictured here Lola Montez – one of our greatest teachers. Photo by Hanna P.

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.