A paddock paradise in Monferrato

After having breakfast in Monferrato, we went to visit an equestrian center with only barefoot horses in a paddock paradise!   This morning I woke up to a miracle; it was thunderstorm outside and actually raining! Really unusual sounds after so many dry months… When you’re having breakfast with your best friend, and the kids…

Early training in the riding ground

This morning I went for an early ride in the riding ground. Since I had to go to Turin later on I decided to ignore the cold weather. Then I actually realized that this is the best time to train during the day. Soraya was very responsive to my commands and we even tried some…

Halloween style barrel racing

Il Grande Ranch arranged a Halloween style barrel race for kids, beginners and professional riders. The common goal was to have fun! I felt like eating sand while watching one by one disappear into the sand clouds. Even my handbag was totally covered with dust! But it was fun to watch the different costumes and…

Trying a new track and a new restaurant

The best kind of adventure is to try new tracks in the bush! The day is just perfect if you are lucky enough to try a new restaurant as well…. Today we went from Coassolo to Ritornato. We even passed two other villages called Cudine and Corio. The whole ride took us about 4,5 hours….

The mountains are burning!

Val di Susa and Canavese are the parts of Piedmont which are most exposed to the flames. The mountains are literally burning because of the unusal dry and warm weather. While going for a ride, we could actually see the smoke on top of the burning hills. You almost get scared of less.. Imagine if…

Visiting Verona horse show 2017

  It’s been a great day at the horse show, so I’ll try to finish this article on the bus… I’m really happy to share it all with you!   Let me tell you about my big day out – even if the pictures tell their own story! The first thing you meet are horses…

La fiera di cavalli (Verona horse show)

Tomorrow is the big day! Our annual bus trip to La fiera di Cavalli in Verona is coming up. This blog is still so young that I´ve never taken my readers with me yet… I´ll tell you the story about my first meeting with the biggest horse show of Europe. The show started allready in…

Barefoot horse in the traffic

My horse is finally barefoot again, and yesterday we went for a ride in town. With the correct type of diet and training I’m sure it will work out well this time. First of all I met Andrea at the typical meeting point. Walking next to another horse makes Soraya feel more comfortable, and this…

How to use the reins

Let me continue to talk about the difference between Western and English riding style. This time I will focus on how to use the reins. This might be the biggest difference between those styles. I remember last Easter holiday. It was in Norway while I was trying to ride a Friesian horse with the English…

Horseback riding with dogs

Since I like to share my experience with you, I´m gonna tell you about why I ride with dogs. I´ve been using this solution for years to calm young or nervous horses in the forest. A lot of horses don´t like to go out of the stable on their own. Some are so depending on…

Relaxing on the coach after a busy weekend

I’m relaxing on the coach while the two terriers are sleeping by my feet. It’s been a busy week! While listening to the wind blowing outside, I’m thinking about all the leaves that are falling from the trees… it’s obvious what my job will be tomorrow! Busy weekend Yesterday I wanted to show my friend…

Resolving problems by understanding your horse

Would you like to resolve any problem you might have regarding your horse’s attitude? First of all you need to understand your horse’s mind! A lot of people try to resolve problems or change the way they train only by trying out new equipment. How often haven’t you seen horses wearing strong bits to prevent…