Extremadura is a region in western Spain which is a paradise for horse riders. Boasting a fabulous climate in autumn, winter and spring, with hot summers, it has excellent preserved natural reserves and historical sites, many of which are UNESCO protected. Characterised by "dehesa" - wooded pasture - it is one of the most prized destinations in Europe for bird-watching enthusiasts and nature lovers the world over.
Crossing this land are wide grassy pathways or Canadas Reales, which are ancient routes used by cattle herders for moving their stock between summer and winter pastures. These routes offer safe and enjoyable canters for riders on the beautifully cared for horses of your host and guide. The horses are all P.R.E, Andalucian or Hispano Arabs. The majority are born and raised on the home farm. They are sure-footed across the stony paths in the mountains whilst being fast and smooth across the flat and sandy glens of the valleys.
Your host and guide, Emilio, is the grandson of an Avilena cow herdsman and still moves his horses between the mountain and valley pastures as his family previously did with cattle. As well as breeding and raising the horses used on the trails, he has over 30 years experience as a Spanish Equestrian Federation instructor and guide.
There are several trails to choose from, with the Transhumance ride taking the horses up to their summer pastures in the mountains in June and bringing them back in October. Trails run through the autumn, winter and spring months.