No, you don't need to have any experience with horses. We will show you how to be close to them and will give you safety instructions so that everybody will be safe, including the horses.
We had many people coming in for a Horsewalk who were really afraid of them. But due to our guidance and the gentleness of our horses they left less fearful and with a big smile on their faces.
Yes, preferably yes. But if for some reason the collaboration doesn't work we'll see if we can switch.
"Recent studies conducted by the Institute of HeartMath provide a clue to explain the bidirectional "healing" that happens when we are near horses.
According to researchers, the heart has a larger electromagnetic field and higher level of intelligence than the brain: A magnetometer can measure the heart's energy field radiating up to 8 to 10 feet around the human body.
While this is certainly significant it is perhaps more impressive that the electromagnetic field projected by the horse's heart is five times larger than the human one (imagine a sphere-shaped field that completely surrounds you).
The horse's electromagnetic field is also stronger than ours and can actually directly influence our own heart rhythm!

Horses are also likely to have what science has identified as a "coherent" heart rhythm (heart rate pattern) which explains why we may "feel better" when we are around them. . . .
Studies have found that a coherent heart pattern or HRV is a robust measure of well-being and consistent with emotional states of calm and joy--that is, we exhibit such patterns when we feel positive emotions.
A coherent heart pattern is indicative of a system that can recover and adjust to stressful situations very efficiently.

Often times, we only need to be in a horses presence to feel a sense of wellness and peace. In fact, research shows that people experience many physiological benefits while interacting with horses, including lowered blood pressure and heart rate, increased levels of beta-endorphins (neurotransmitters that serve as pain suppressors), decreased stress levels, reduced feelings of anger, hostility, tension and anxiety, improved social functioning; and increased feelings of empowerment, trust, patience and self-efficacy."
The 2 hour HorseWalks are suitable for all ages. The terrain is quite flat and well doable.

The 1, 3, 5 or 7 day journeys are a different story. We walk mainly on dirt tracks and it can be quite hilly. We'll walk 10 to 15 km per day but we are not in a hurry and take many breaks in between.
For a 2 hour HorseWalk: If the weather is realy bad, we'll cancel the HorseWalk and try to set it for another day. If booked through Airbnb and you're not able to walk on another day we'll refund the payments.

On the longer Horse Journeys it's different. We'll have to be creative; find a place where we can hide from the rain and sleep in a house instead of our tents.
If the temperature during the walk will be to hot to have a pleasant walk, we will start the day early and take a long break during the hottest hours in hammocks, in the shade of the trees.
Please send your question to us through our contact form and we will answer you and add it here as well.
If you cannot attend on the booked dates, we can move your journey up untill 2 years from the original date. If you want to cancel altogether, we will refund you 70% of your payed amount and you will get a 20% discount on a future journey. If we cancel a journey we will refund you the full amount payed.