Pack Horses: On some of our trips we will have to use one or two pack horses (depending on the size of the group and the load we carry). These are known as “pilchero horses”. The pilchero was and still is, in many places in Patagonia, a transport animal of first necessity. The pilchero horses will pack all of the gear that we cannot carry on our own horses, and free up the rider to have a better trail riding experience.
The pilcheros we use are generally more docile than our trail riding horses and not as tall. It is also saddled differently than a riding horse: without reins and only a muzzle and lead. Thus, the pilchero is prepared to follow the mounted horse.
Trail Dog: A companion dog is a traditional part of the Gaucho equestrian culture and one accompanies us on almost all of our trips. They are faithful companions and are inseparable from our horses when we are working on the ranch. Ours is a Magellan sheepdog breed, and she and her puppies are a fundamental part of our family.