• VOLUME 58 • © HORSES For LIFE™ Magazine
One reader’s thoughts on the Lusitano for beginners.
In reply to the interview with Anja Beran
Anja Beran, along with Klaus Hempfling and Nuno Oliveira, are probably among the people whose work I most admire and to whom I revert for guidance in my everyday dealing with horses. Above them is solely my old coach who was the one who opened my eyes to what a horse really is all about, and who puts up with all my petty questions and trivial everyday horsey stories.
However, as any human should think, I suppose, I don’t agree on every point with any of the four, though I think I understand what supports each of their convictions.
On the particular case of Ms. Beran’s interview, I disagree on only two points: One, the fact that Lusitanos aren’t naturally collected, and two, that they are not good for a beginner.
Well, to put it straight, I do agree with her, but only if I add: “generally speaking”, or “often enough” to the affirmation.
I may be very lucky, or live in a particular horse scenario, but truth is, all Lusitanos from the herd at my yard are naturally collected, have extremely strong backs and hindquarters and have a great forgiving character. This may be because the owner selects his mares and stallion based on those principles, and because here in the island at least, a good mind is a paramount condition.
I say the scenario here may be different because we have no