Hit the valleys in the Natural way

Montefalco, ItalyPart of the Airbnb Animals collection

Animal experience hosted by Giovanni

2.5 hours, Hosted in English
Warm and welcoming
Guests say this Host made them feel cared for.

What you'll do

When it comes to horses, the world of humans parts in two, those who just want to ride them and those instead who want to understand them to better love them, communicate with them and lead them.
If you are in the second kind of people, you will love this experience.
"Hit the valleys" gives you a unique chance to take your first step in the world of "horse-man-ship". You will establish sincere and trustworthy communication with these fantastic animals according to the Pat Parelli natural approach training principles in which my horses have been educated.
You will meet me at the stables, get to know my equine family, help me saddle the horses up and move to the arena to get the feel with the horse which will be assigned to you.
In this phase (1 hour), you will be exposed to the basics of the Parelli natural approach, and you will have to work with the horse on the ground and do what you will have seen doing with mine.
The second phase (1 hour) is when you mount the horse, adjust your posture, balance, learn the concept of pressure, and realize how well you can apply the previous instruction. Time to go then to ... naturally hit the valleys.
We will saddle the horses off on our way back, take good care of them as they have done with us, and feed them.
Finally, we will relax on rocking chairs, enjoying a beer and our horse chats :-)
When it comes to horses, the world of humans parts in two, those who just want to ride them and those instead who want to understand them to better love them, communicate with them and lead them.
If you are in the second kind of people, you will love this experience.
"Hit the valleys" gives you a unique chance to take your first step in the world of "horse-man-ship". You will establish sincere and trustworthy communication with these fa…
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What's included

  • Food
    As my family runs an organic farm where olive oil is produced, I offer fre...
  • Drinks

Meet your host, Giovanni

Host on Airbnb since 2018
  • 14 Reviews
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I have a horse riding experience of +25 years and I have almost always been a horse owner.
After my dream has become true with the building of my cabin, stables and with breeding my horses, I am ready to share my experience with those who feel the magic of the scenery that opens up in front of them.
Our valleys light up in springtime with astounding colours which gradually shade in the golden wheat grass of the summer, to turn to red of the 'Sagrantino' vineyards in the fall. Only distant noises are audible when we trot by the vineyards or canter on the fields, and you just hear the wind whispering.
You will live an intimate experience with our family equine members, and you will enjoy mounting a horse that you will feel like yours soon after you are instructed about the ethological principles which ground Parelli's approach.
I have a horse riding experience of +25 years and I have almost always been a horse owner.
After my dream has become true with the building of my cabin, stables and with breeding my horses, I am ready to share my experience with those who feel the magic of the scenery that opens up in front of them.
Our valleys light up in springtime with astounding colours which gradually shade in the golden wheat grass of the summer, to turn to red of the 'Sagrantino' vineyards in the fall. Only…
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Where you'll be

We will be hacking on horseback on the usual tracks the horses know very well, risk-free. We will be 'exploring' valleys and country roads.

Rated 5.0 out of 5 from 14 reviews.

Luise
October 2021
We had an amazing time with Giovanni and the horses! Even though we had little to now experience, how he taught us the gentle way of leading the horses worked well and it was a new way to experience them up closely with such comfort. Amazing place to be at as well of course! We'd love to return and learn more!
Tobias
September 2021
I can fully recommend this experience, also if you have no prior experience with horses. For me it was the first time on a horse and I really enjoyed it. At first we were introduced to the parelli approach to get a basic understanding. We then had a lot of time to get to know our horses (J.T and Perlita) and to establish a bond with them. It was really fun to learn how to communicate with a horse. After that we got on the horse and Giovanni gave lots of instructions on riding basics and posture. Although we did not ride for too long, I really liked the slow and thorough approach and felt very safe. Also the views of the surrounding valleys and the three kittens were really lovely and Giovanni invited us for a beer and a chat afterwards. Thank you again and we will be back for the full valley experience :)
Greg
September 2021
This is beyond a riding experience. It is a once in a lifetime opportunity to learn how to properly engage with horses. This method of horsemanship is all about love, language and leadership. What a lesson for our own lives! Giovanni shares his love of horses, his land, his hospitality, and, in our case, his beautiful and impressive family. One of the most memorable things you may ever do in Italy.
Hervé
August 2021
A faire absolument, même pour un débutant un peu peureux comme moi Il ne s’agit pas que de monter à cheval et de faire une balade. Giovanni nous apprend au travers de la méthode Parelli à partager avec son animal, dans un respect mutuel. Les chevaux de Giovanni sont heureux et du coup nous aussi. Ce n’est qu’après l’enseignement de Giovanni qu’on part en balade et on en a appris beaucoup ! C’est une approche intelligente qui apporte énormément. De plus Giovanni prend le temps de partager une bière et/ou une conversation. Mais il sait avant tout nous transmettre sa passion des chevaux. Et il le fait très bien.
Francesco
August 2021
L'esperienza è stata molto divertente e istruttiva. Io e la mia ragazza siamo partiti con un po' di timore e zero esperienza, ma grazie a Giovanni, alla sua passione e ai suoi bellissimi cavalli abbiamo imparato tantissimo e abbiamo superato le nostre paure. Giovanni ci ha aperto un nuovo mondo da scoprire e che sicuramente approfondiremo. L'attività si è svolta in campagna con un panorama suggestivo, immerso nella natura. Consiglio a tutti di provare questa esperienza!
Jedidja En Zoey
August 2021
Just the best experience we had in these days. Its hot but the host took very good care of us!! The horses were so sweet!! Beautiful everything!

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Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Government ID

You’ll need to take a picture of yourself that matches the photo on your ID. This is so Airbnb can confirm who’s actually going on the experience. You’ll only have to do this once.

Guest requirements

Up to 2 guests ages 21 and up can attend.

Alcohol

This experience includes alcohol. Only guests who meet the legal drinking age will be served alcoholic beverages.

What to bring

Jeans and boots (or boots like shoes with rubber sole)

June July August: sun cream and a cap, which we can provide in case of need