Our top priority is the care and well being of our horses and their equipment. Every effort is made to fit the right saddle and bridle, and therefore the equipment used for trail is carefully chosen to ensure the horses comfort on long distance rides. All the horses are schooled in basic dressage in the riding arena using the German training system. They all have to be able to jump little jumps inside the arena or on the cross country course. This ensures that your horse is responsive, well mannered and fun to ride. This training loosens their backs and softens their mouth so the horse is more in balance on trail. All horses are spirited and forward going, some obviously more than others.
Using the right saddle for the right horse is a difficult task and it has taken us years to figure out the right saddle for our safaris. It has to fit the horse first, but also has to be comfortable for the rider. We feel, that a longer stirrup is better when spending many hours in the saddle and after trying many different saddles we ended up with the Bates Caprilli Dressage saddle. This saddle has convinced us totally as the saddle flap isn’t too long not like with other dressage saddles and one really has the option of shorter or longer stirrups. The air cushion system is very comfortable for rider and horse and long distant rides in these saddles are a pleasure. Please read more about Bates Saddles.
Alternatively we still have a small selection of Leon Liversage Endurance Saddles which we have been using in the past.
Seat savers and sheepskins are available in camp.
Almost all of the horses are ridden in a loose ring or double jointed snaffle. Some horses are a bit stronger and are ridden in a Portuguese gag or in a pelham.
We recommend you wear Breeches and half or full chaps with comfortable riding boots and a light weight riding helmet, preferably with a good circulation. We do have a limited assortment of chaps and helmets at the lodge, but we highly recommend that you bring your own equipment.