Santo André Lusitanos Our primary goal is to train horses and teach people to ride horses. These riders are the ones who will continue this art as the artists and future ambassadors of the Lusitano Horse. To discover hidden talents and invest in their careers is fundamental. To continue the base work, applying the good classic principles of the Lusitano, adapt techniques and movements for competition, strive for excellence and correction… and most important of all mind the rider’s and horse’s safety and enthusiasm

Message from the President

In this portal I would like to share with the reader a little bit about the philosophical context which prevailed during many years of my career, surrounded by wise and extremely talented horsemen and masters. It was in fact a generation for whom the love of the equestrian art was synonymous with perfection. Nowadays there is much talk about the happy horse, which is quite an ambiguous concept.

I believe in the wilful, light, balanced and fine horse and in the horse’s choice selection (are both breed and choice!?). For me, this concept only makes sense if its rider is in the same conditions as the horse and above all if he has chosen the right horse for a specific rider and sport. Selection(breed and choice) is the crucial issue and the end in itself.

A horse has certain natural abilities which are revealed by the slightest of reactions and in the Airs above the Ground, in other words, in its most effusive demonstrations of joy. And being well trained (happy horse and rider?) and in good health, enthusiastic and energetic, these come naturally as undeniable genetic manifestations.

This is the most seducing and subtle part of training, when one believes that the Air is spontaneous and in harmony with the rider. Obviously this is not always the case. After all, we are humans and at times we do not believe in fate and end up forcing the horse, which in turn he does not like it and the exercise is not natural. At other times, the horse is not ideal, does not have enough energy and his temperament is not cooperative. Keeping him “happy” depends not only on his daily health care, feeding and training but most important of all on the daily check up of the animal’s general condition, requiring that its care-taker has a profound knowledge of the horse. Simple everyday communication provides us with precious information!