Because of the extremeness of the terrain the locals rely on a horse specially bred and adapted to the region, known as the Chilean Corralero. These horses were descendants of the original horses brought by the Spanish Conquistadores in the 1500s and are especially sure footed and have a very calm temperament. Our guests will spend time getting to know the horses, and how to respond to them and treat them, so that rider and horse can bond and function in a self-supporting manner. This method is known as “rational dressage” where horse and rider form a working relationship based on mutual understanding, respect and friendship.
Our company ethos is centered around creating a true cultural immersion experience, that allows our guests to achieve a sincere and deep connection with the inhabitants and the terrain, and to gain an understanding of the importance of tradition and an appreciation of a simpler way of life. Central to our mission is our lead-guide and equestrian instructor, Fabian Baeza, who grew up in this remote region. In addition to his outstanding horsemanship, Fabian speaks fluent English and is a well-respected member of the Futaleufu equestrian community. He is known far and wide across the dispersed ranches of the province and makes an ideal “cultural ambassador” between our guests and the local community.
In summary we strive to offer our clients a unique experience and a window into another world that they will treasure for a lifetime.
With all of this in mind, Horseback Patagonia has created a program called “Riding Through Our History” and has developed the following activities: