Allow us to share with you our experience with
the Lusitano horse and some of our observations based on a lifetime
of handling, riding and breeding horses.
Our philosophy is that riding is a pleasure and
the horse a companion in the pursuit of that pleasure. But with what
type of a companion is it best to establish that partnership?
A horse that cannot be trusted? A horse that
may kick or bite a person? A horse that runs away from you when
asked to come in from the paddock? Certainly not.
At Sacred Springs Farm, we have a zero tolerance
policy for bad behavior in a horse. Fortunately, the Lusitano horse
is known as the most “people pleasing horse” there is, and our
breeding program has produced offspring who embody that trait. While
any horse can occasionally be moody, or have a bad day, the most
compelling behavioral characteristic of the Lusitano breed is its
desire to please.
Buying a horse is a very important decision
because it is a significant emotional and financial investment. The
price of a horse is, however, only a fraction of what it will cost
over the twenty years or so that it will need nurturing, care,
training and feeding. We have experienced the Lusitano horse as very
robust, healthy animals with excellent feet and joints, keeping our
veterinarian and farrier bills to a minimum.
We believe that training a horse is about
building a gratifying relationship for both the horse and the rider.
It is a journey (not a destination) that evolves and grows over
years of partnership, trust building and love between the horse and
rider. If you are looking for an intelligent, fun, sensible and
reliable companion to partner with, you want a Lusitano.
Finally, the Lusitano is a beautiful animal. It
has a long noble head, large almond shaped eyes, a powerful arched
neck, a short-coupled body with powerful shoulders, a gently sloping
croup, fine legs with excellent dense bone, agile elevated movements
coupled with a comfortable ride and an abundant and silky mane and
There are a few excellent reference books about
the breed and published breed standards that the interested reader
should review. Please check our section on the
breed standard for further
detail on the Lusitano.
Our Mission Statement at Sacred Springs:
At Sacred Springs Farm, we are committed
to the breeding and training of world class Lusitano horses
from the best bloodlines and temperaments available throughout
the world. We breed our horses to excel in all riding
disciplines including: dressage; show jumping; three-day
eventing; carriage driving; and hunting.
We will work diligently to help our
clients select the best Lusitano horse for themselves, through
our breeding program or elsewhere. Our overarching commitment
is to assist both the horse and rider in
establishing an enjoyable, long-lasting and successful
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