Wonderful host Anne offers trail riding through beautiful countryside on Finland's only native horse, the Finnhorse or Finnish Horse. These cold-blooded forest horses are calm and sturdy with numbers sadly in decline - it was Anne's dream to preserve and start breeding Finnhorses, using them for trekking. Anne says "they have played a very strong part in my country's history, in wars and in peace, building this country with us to what it is now."
There are forty horses living at the facility, twelve of which are Anne and Jouni's native Finnhorses. They are a breeding herd, with a breeding stallion and the rest are mares. The mares all live together in a spacious paddock with free access to shelter - this is their natural habitat and suits them best of all. The stallion lives next to his mares with the possibility to interact with them over the fence. Anne has ridden all her life and competed in show jumping to a national level. 15 years ago she moved to the UK, riding eventers as a hobby, and it was here that she learnt to appreciate native breeds. On her return to Finland she found a new passion for the Finnhorse and so her dream to preserve them began. Anne's husband, Jouni, also takes part in the rides by lighting the fires, helping to prepare the lunches, and looking after the guests.
It's possible to ride in this area throughout most of the year - in the warmer months, you can also swim in the sea or perhaps take a ride in a horse-drawn carriage (extra cost). In the wintertime, it's often possible to ride in the snow, try romantic sleigh rides, or take a riding lesson in the indoor school or on the riding simulator (extra costs)! There is no better way to explore Finland's famously clean and picturesque nature than on the back of a native horse.