Ethology of the horse

Natural communication

The life of the horses of the Miranda Foundation, in herd and in freedom and in large natural spaces, generates a unique opportunity in our country of observation and study of the horse (ethology), who they are and how they live.

In summer, the horses of the Foundation move freely and graze in herd for the 103 hectares of the Pla de l'Orri, constituting the Catllaràs horse reserve (Serra de Catllaràs, Protected Area of Natural Interest) Alt Berguedà.

 

During the winter months, when the grass stops growing due to the arrival of cold and snow, the horses of the Foundation can continue grazing in the 400 hectares of the Parc Natural del Garraf and the 600 hectares adjoining ceded for private properties .

 

We also have temporary exploitation properties in Avinyó and in Montserrat.

 

At the end of autumn, we organize the transhumance, an activity open to the public, to accompany the herds from the Pyrenees to the sea, running away  from the cold to find the warmest terrain where they can graze during the winter.

 

In the middle of spring we return with the horses to the Pla de l'Orri to spend the summer in the pasture of high mountains

 

Formation

Creating a bond of trust with horses

How to become a friend of the horse based on the knowledge of its ethology, but transcending it and creating friendly and trusted bonds.

Natural communication and NEC (Natural Equine Connexion©).

Get a good relationship with the horse based on trust and understanding through communication on the ground and conscious mountaineering with balance, coordination and body awareness, barefoot and bitless (without irons).

Understand their behaviour and how they learn through their natural language.

Detecting psychophysical problems, how do they let us know about it, how we can help solving and avoiding them through the knowledge of their biomechanics.

Ethology of the horse

Study of its behaviour in the natural environment.

Natural hooves maintenance.

Horse welfare

The horse essence

Horse observation day in freedom.

Contact with the herds.

  • Why providing the social life of horses in herds?

  • How are the groups formed? Social behaviour and structure. How do they communicate with each other? Which are their needs?

  • The philosophy of horses versus the philosophy of human beings. Why do we have to adapt our way of life to create a link with them?

  • Mounting or not mounting? Interaction of human space, activities, links and communication.

  • How do horses learn and how can we create an interaction between humans and horses without breaking their essence and nature?

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