CABALLOS

CABALGATAS LA SIERRA" entrena y mantiene un variado grupo de caballos entre los que se puede encontrar Trakhenners, Pura Sangre Inglés, Cuarto de Milla, Appendix y criollos; todos ellos de buena alzada, fuertes y en perfectas condiciones para trabajar en los diferentes tipos de terreno que se encuentran durante el trayecto de la cabalgata. En cuanto al carácter de los cuacos, los hay desde muy tranquilos y mansos hasta los de carácter alegre y vigoroso, que se ajustan perfectamente a los diferentes tipos de jinetes que los montan. En la "Finca Enyhe" se cuenta con un amplio y surtido sillero donde los jinetes pueden escoger los arreos que deseen utilizar, ya sea la silla charra mexicana, el albardón inglés o la montura tejana. Independientemente del tipo de arreos escogido, en todos los casos las monturas llevan unas alforjas muy amplias así como una manga (impermeable) y una botella de agua para la comodidad del jinete.

En "CABALGATAS LA SIERRA" nos sentimo halagados al recibir comentarios como el artículo que aparece líneas abajo el cual fué escrito por una amazona inglesa que vino a Valle de Bravo a montar con nosotros.

GREAT HORSES IN

“LA SIERRA” RIDING HOLIDAY

VALLE DE BRAVO, MÉXICO

Finally, after 12 years participating in different riding holidays around the world, I can say that I found a place where the horses given to the riders can be considered of the same quality as the horses I own myself in my farm in Kent.  It is not easy to say it but as far as my horse knowledge can tell this is true!  A well cared horse, correctly fed for the hard work it is going to make, groomed with patience every morning and afternoon, trained and schooled for dressage and jumping although it will work out in the open fields and the mountains is a jewel not easy to find outside our own home.  And this type of horses are the ones Pepe and Lucia Schravesande own and lend to the international riders that decide to share with them an unforgettable week knowing Mexico whilst riding.

In the stalls located in the lower part of the magnificent Finca Enyhe in Valle de Bravo the hosts-outfitters take good care of twenty horses plus two mules.  The mules are used to carry the lunch and any other type of things that could be needed during the ride.  But, if one of the riders wants to try ridding a mule, they can also be saddled!  Adventurous people say is great to ride them because of their smooth way of moving.  Let’s believe them!  But coming back to the horses, riders can find a great variety within these twenty animals: talking about size you can find big and short, wide and thin.  For colors riders can choose between chestnuts, bays, buckskins, grays, and even palominos.  The breeds are also varied: Trakhenners, quarter horses, appendix, thoroughbreds, Andalucian, and Mexican criollo horses.  There is only one thing that matches all of them; they all are beautiful!

There are not enough words to explain the quality of these horses, especially after experiencing the hard, but really hard, work they have to make during the one-week trek.  Let’s begin saying that this horses are strong and very well fitted.  There is no choice, they have to be this way because the route goes climbing and descending through the remoteness and inaccessibility of the slopes, hills, peaks, and mountains that surround the green/bluish lake of Valle de Bravo.  As if this was not a hard job for the horses, whenever a meadow or a valley appears or when a more or less flat path is found a nice controlled trot or canter is performed.  The horses are always ready to go without needing spurs or whips, only a light touch with the legs and there they go!   And they do not mind if they are at the top of the mountains, by the side of the lake or in the hottest part of the trail.  These moments are the ones in which riders can try how well schooled are the horses.  Riders can easily ask for lateral movements, half halts, flying changes of the lead, and decide, without any fighting, at which speed each rider wants to go within the group.  This is great, and for me it was totally unexpected!  Specially when you are riding a horse that is not your own and that has been ridden during the last weeks by different types of riders, some of them with soft hands but others maybe not so kind.

These “super athletes” carry the riders from an altitude of 6,000 ft over sea level where the town of Valle de Bravo is located, up to the fir tree forest that in this latitude can only be found over the 10,000 ft.  The horses continue climbing up to the 12,000 ft where the Monarch Butterflies hibernate and then descend to the 5,000 ft letting the riders experience the hotness and dryness of the terrain that the locals name “The Hot Land”.  All these in one week!  This difference in altitudes in such a short time gives the riders the opportunity to know a great variety of microclimates during the week and even during one single day.  An amazing thing of the route is that every day the country where you ride changes: different landscapes, different weathers, different vegetation, and different spectacular views here and there oblige the use of the cameras that the riders carry in the great saddlebags provided by the hosts/outfitters.

Riding a beautiful, well schooled, and fit horse during a horseback riding vacation is not easy.  In Valle de Bravo riders have this great opportunity when visiting Finca Enyhe, the home of Lucia and Pepe, the proud owners of Mexicohorsevacation.com.

Divina Lawrence