Back in October, I introduced you to Nordeste, a Lusitano stallion who is a school master at Morgado Lusitano. This beautiful Portuguese hacienda standing high on a hilltop outside of Lisbon is home to a stellar Classical Dressage school for both local and international riders.
Nordeste is just one of the beautifully trained mounts at Morgado that guests use during their twice-a-day dressage lessons. Kept in their boxes throughout the day and brought out for exercise, these elegant creatures are eager for a visit. There are a pair of brothers Reno and Sena that match in their gray speckled coloring. How they were able to see from behind their bangs baffled us.
Then there was Hachoque, a beautiful chocolate brown Lusitano who had been retired from the Portuguese Riding School. Hachoque was the one who allowed me to experience my first Canter Pirouette.
And then the spicy Trinco, who loved to spook and jump around while under saddle with the trainers. We kept saying to each other, “I’m not going to ride him..no you’re going to ride him” “No Way am I getting on that stallion and die today.” But once I got him, he quickly settled in and went into his teacher mode.
How they managed to keep one mare in the group astounded me. With so many hot blooded stallions running around you would have thought she would be at least a bit concerned about what they might do. But Uva ignored them as they were just silly boys.
And then there was Temporal, who lived up to his name. For the life of me, this boy just would not canter. I tried, and tried, and tried, wanting to give up. But perseverance prevailed and we finally got it!
Lastly, the best – Hercules. A magnificent creature that lived up to his namesake.
The Portuguese are truly fortunate to have such a noble, beautiful and baroque style steed as their horse. Lusitanos are truly special horses with their stature, and natural ability for high level dressage work. Their magnificent manes and tails enhance their beauty all the more.
It is my hope that you can one day get close to a Lusitano and perhaps enjoy their “Fabulosity” for yourself. (Thanks Sylvia!)