Viola wasn’t very keen on horses despite her mum Kat being a riding instructor and having her lovely horse Hermosa here at Ranch Siesta Los Rubios.
But our Vaulting lessons have changed her mind!
What a wonderful activity to do together – mum and daughter horse riding with a twist!! Looks scary up there but vaulting is always taught in a safe environment on calm horses and it’s really fun. You can join us on Mondays for our Vaulting Club or if you fancy giving it a go yourself or with some friends (riding experience is not necessary) then come and join in.
The Summer holidays are almost here and we are launching our new Vaulting Club for kids. All levels are welcome.
Vaulting may be one of the most unique sports in existence, as it includes both dance and gymnastic movements … performed on a moving horse.
And you dont need to know how to ride in order to start vaulting. Anyone can learn.
It’s a fabulous and fun way to develop balance, strength, coordination and creativity, as well as trust and teamwork.
Unlike trick riding, vaulting is always performed in a controlled environment that includes a fully enclosed arena and soft footing. The horse, controlled by a trainer through a long rope called a lunge line, moves in a large, consistent circle while the vaulter performs a series of gymnastics and dance moves.
Come and join in our Vaulting Club at Ranch Siesta Los Rubios! Every Monday through the Summer. Book 4 weeks at a time. 20 euros per session.
We have been very lucky this week to have the superb equine osteopath Bryony Burt visiting us from London.
She has treated and checked over a lot of the horses here, to keep them in optimum health and see if any have underlying niggles, sores and skeletal or muscular pains.
This is BAMBINA having her full osteo MOT after coming 3rd the day before in a 60km endurance race with Caroline. The “champagne war hose” looked very happy with a good stretch and some hands on work.
Team Los Rubios (our young riders team) we treated to a real life experience of Endurance Riding on Sunday when Caroline took them through the what, why and how of this sport.
Caroline is a champion rider, competing around Andalucia in 60 and 80km races. She had a wealth of knowledge and experience to share with these talented young riders.
From what racing is, to how to train for it, equipment used, the process, vet checking, time requirements etc – they went through everything including a demonstration and practice with the all important heart monitor.
Then they were split into pairs, given a course and a time reference (maximum and minimum) and off they went to try a competition for themselves!
There was a disqualification (for being too fast!) but everyone had a lot of fun, picked up some new skills, some new confidence riding out on their own and some big smiles!
Looking for the perfect Valentines gift? Do you and your partner love horses? Or want to try?
Then book our fantastic SADDLE UP 2 hour experience for you both.
We will even throw in a glass of cava at the viewpoint to celebrate your riding success!
2 hours includes
- Meet your horse and team at the ranch
- Groom and tack up
- Fun lesson to learn skills & gain confidence
- Hour ride out to a local viewpoint
- Photos and cava overlooking the sea and Africa!
40 euros per person. Minimum 2 people.
Well done to Caroline and the “champagne war horse” Bambina creating a buzz in the endurance riding world here in Andalucia.
They won their very first 40km endurance competition race last month – and today stepped up to the next level in a race near Jerez.
Competing in 60km, this amazing team won first place!
Not only that, Bambina was awarded the Best Condition trophy also. A huge credit to her training, upkeep and love of this new sport. She is an absolute natural.
Many of our horses are Arabs and Anglo-Arabs and enjoy this sport. All those rides in the mountains certainly helps keep them fit.
This weekend some of the team led by Caroline swapped horses for dogs and 4 legs for 2….
They headed off to Manilva for the Mushing race (Canicross)
6 km for the adults and 2 km for the kids.
And 5 of the team got placed in the top 3 and medals!
A fabulous fun sport!
We were invited to take part in a very special 3 Kings event at a local school this week.
The school creates a great 3 Kings experience for parents and children by building a stall and having live animals there.
We took 3 horses (Nero, Lacasito and Princess) to take part in the most important part of the event – bringing the 3 Kings to baby Jesus in the stable.
Despite the loud speakers, music, kids, animals, photographers and crowds the horses behaved impeccably and made many new friends.
Sadly we couldn’t keep the donkey!