Our Trail and Train program is a combination package of technical western lessons and trailrides.
Castellare di Tonda has bred American Quarter Horses on the family estate for fifteen years. Our home bred and western trained horses have competed throughout Italy, and gone on to find success in many different disciplines, including reining, cow horse, trail and pony games. Our trainer Franco’s philosophy is to build a solid foundation with all our horses from the start, to create a safe, responsive and balanced horse. The principles of this training philosophy can be adopted for any discipline.
Franco and Marco will teach you techniques to assist in better communication with your horse, at any level of riding, in almost any discipline.
Lessons every morning for 5 days on our home bred and highly trained Quarter and Paint horses can include the following:
Mastering the four different reins, Flexation, Lead changes and differentiating between the two kinds of change, Body position, Hip control, Teaching the lead, Transitions, Collection at the lope, Speed control, Lateral work, Loose rein circles, Backing, Creating cadence with the horse, Teaching the word ‘woah’, Body position, Keeping the forehand light, Sliding stops (pre and post position), Spin work, Keeping the hindquarters planted, Forehand footfall, Following the nose (aids required for the spin), Adding speed to the spin, Sidepass, Effective problem solving techniques.
After a relaxing siesta by the pool, you have 5 late afternoon trail rides (each with a duration of 120 mins) on our fabulously trained trail horses. Each ride is different, and you will have the possibility to explore the many different landscapes that surround Castellare di Tonda. Vineyards, thick woods, medieval villages, old cattle farms and much more…
Total hours riding 15
Price for riding package €500
Please note this package is suitable only for intermediate to advanced riders. The trainer decides the lesson program based on rider skill.
Contact us for a full accommodation/meals/riding package tailored to your needs!