Love horses? Learn to understand and manage them, as you never have before. Get under the skin of the real Mallorca and learn new skills and gain new experiences. Get out of the house this summer and immerse yourself in waving reeds, the mountain views in the distance, brilliant blue skies! and spending your days learning how to be a horse whisperer, working on a new level with horses, expanding your skills and riding out into mountains. You can relax on the stunning beaches on your time off. This is a totally unique and awesome experience that you must not miss!
Spending your days learning how to be a horse whisperer, working on a new level with horses, expanding your skills and riding out into mountains. You can relax on the stunning beaches on your time off. This is a totally unique and awesome experience that you must not miss!
Spain Horse Whisperer
- All inclusive pack, meals, accommodation and transfers
- Stunning weather on a beautiful island
- Learn how to make the best tapas yum!
- Get to know this stunning island by horse
- weekends off for some serious beach time
- Accommodation in a lovely house in the nicest town in Mallorca
- During your weekdays spend time at a Spanish Ranch with pool next to the stables
- Cheap and short flights to Mallorca
- Ride on the edge of a natural wildlife reserve on the unspoilt plains of North East Mallorca
- Work with horses every day
- Instruction on natural horse care
- Hands-on experience with your horse
Your 2 week programme will be on the stunning island of Mallorca, Spain. Only a 2 hours flight from the UK, so cheap flights, short journey time, and the ultimate island life! Mallorca has nice weather year round, but just to make sure you can enjoy the best weather in Europe, visit the beaches and ride some amazing treks under blue skies, we have selected 2 summer start dates during which you will spend most of your time at a Spanish Ranch overlooking the horses, and yes of course there is a pool to chill at during your downtime.
Week 1: introduction
You’ll sleep in a Mallorcan town house in the nicest town of the island just 10 min from the best beaches, with free transfer to the stables. The whole group will spend their days at the stables where there is a swimming pool and outdoor and indoor kitchens for cooking and eating together. Lorenzo will share everything he knows with you about Mallorcan life and about horses. You will learn to speak some Mallorquine (Catalan) and about the true culture and traditions of the island.
During the first week you will be given your own horses for your two-week stay and there will be instruction on natural horse care and hands-on experience with your horse in the mornings. This will include:
- How to create a natural paddock
- How to build strength in a hoof and get rid of horseshoes
- Horse nutrition and how to judge a horse’s needs
- Trimming and caring for bare hooves
- Teeth inspection and knowing a horse’s age
- Massage and stretching for horses
- Horse communication and horse coaching
- Working in the round pen and horse control
At lunchtime there will be cooking demonstrations of authentic dishes on an island where food is valued above all else – no food is wasted and every part of an animal is eaten. You will be cooking the vegetables, the rice and potatoes which you see growing around you. (vegetarian options are available!) Learn to make paellas that are to die for! As well as soups, roasted meats, tapas, empanadas, and breads then eat them together for lunch. At the same time you will be learning some conversational Mallorquine, particularly around ordering and discussing food.
In the afternoon there will be bitless riding in the arenas and out into the countryside, using and demonstrating the skills you have learnt.
For the first 4 days of week 2, you will be working at the stables using your new skills in the morning. Then cooking your personal favourites of the dishes you have learnt for lunch. In the afternoons depending on your abilities you can go out for longer rides exploring the area, ride to town for coffee or work one to one in the arena with your horse increasing your horse communication skills with Lorenzo’s help.
Three days before you leave this horse paradise, you will take an amazing two-day trail into the Tramuntana Mountains on your horse. You will stay overnight in an ancient monastery – a truly unforgettable experience. You must order your own food and drinks in Mallorquine along the way.
On the last day it’s up to you to show off what you’ve learnt. You’ll have a different horse to examine, communicate with and make a presentation about to Lorenzo and the rest of the group. Then a celebration lunch and a last ride out together before we declare you a horse whisperer too.
Xtreme Gap Year has a beach house in Majorca, where we run the fitness and kite surf programmes. It has a cool surfer vibe! You will stay in a shared house right by the beach in a beautiful National Park. Based on Twin share.
Shared bathroom, lounge and outdoor chill-out zones on the roof.
The accommodation is completely safe. Our Spanish (but English speaking) host, our English programme manager Rosemary and Mallorquin guide Lorenzo will all be there to guide you and make your trip one to remember. If there are any issues they are there for you.
Trip Frequently Asked Questions
All dietary needs will be cared for. Special foods are widely available in Mallorca.
No, you will learn everything you need to know and more if you want to, during your stay
No, the stable’s philosophy is around improving skills and building confidence, any level of riding ability including beginners are welcome
Yes there is wifi at the accommodation and at the stables
Yes, there are always insects in Mallorca in the summer and particularly around horses. None of them are dangerous but being bitten is annoying and makes you itchy. Insect repellent is strongly recommended
Mallorca can be very hot in the summer and riding will be organised to avoid the hottest times of the day for the sake of the horses and the people. Some riding may be early in the morning or late in the evening allowing time for long lunches and siestas. Sun tan creams are essential to avoid burning
Very casual and comfortable clothes including tea shirts, shorts, thin trousers or summer dresses and swimwear. Bring strong comfortable shoes, boots or trainers for riding and working with the horses and a waterproof just in case because it can rain in the summer
Towels for washing will be provided but please bring your own beach towel for swimming and sunbathing
Yes, you will be able to buy wine, beer and other drinks in local supermarkets and keep them in the fridge where you are staying
The stable minibus will go into town most days for groceries and other necessities and guests will be welcome to go along in small groups to do their own shopping
There are washing machines in both sets of accommodation and things dry very quickly
Make sure you have an EHIC with you and a good travel insurance policy. Should you become ill unexpectedly we can call an English speaking doctor or take you to the walk in centre in Sa Pobla, where you will be treated immediately. Pharmacies are well stocked and have expert staff on hand for everyday ailments and we have basic first aid facilities at the stable
Usually 220 gbp is enough
- Accommodation in a shared room
- Linen and towels
- Room Cleaning
- Activities as per itinerary
- Transfers from and to the airport
- Transfers to town and the ranch
- Breakfast and packed lunch
- Cooking classes
- Basic Mallorquin language lesson
- Alcoholic drinks
- Any travel that guests choose to make for independent sightseeing or shopping
- Drinks or snacks in cafes or restaurants taken whilst out riding
- Personal items such as soap and shampoo
1 week 23rd June – 30th June 2019
2 week 16th June – 30th June 2019