January 15, 2018 4:27 pm

Sr. Francisco J. Barrena[/caption] Cuadra San Francisco was established over twenty years ago, by Sr. Francisco J. Barrena, who is an internationally acclaimed horse trainer with over 50 years of experience, and his son Valente F. Barrena. Valente is in charge of the Riding School with horseback, and he will tell you that what sets Cuadra San Francisco apart from the rest, is the amount of experience that both Francisco and Valente have in training horses, which allows them to customize each lesson to the riding level of the individual. Everyone loves a good family story. It is true that people come from all over to take lessons and enjoy private trail rides with well trained horses, at Cuadra San Francisco. Second question pops up: What does being a “well trained” horse mean? A well trained horse, as integrity and integration is what unites our mutual body language, has a language of its own. It is called Equus. We must observe what is normal, so we can identify what could be an abnormal behavior in the horse. We must know our horse. To know behavior in a natural environment, without artificial control, can teach us about what is normal behavior. Then Wellness can be cultivated; in Spanish, we call it “bienestar”, which is one word, but interestingly enough, when you divide the word in two, it becomes Bien Estar, which means To be well. Horses are a symbol of power, so that inspires many to spend time with horses, but to be able to get close to a horse, without mistreating the horse, that is conscious relationship. Wellbeing in horses evolves so they can behave like horses. They like nature, to live in hierarchy, to walk, the wind, to run, to play, to connect with each other; these are normal behaviors, without the intervention of confinement. Their behavior becomes their language, a code that teaches us about natural communication. A horse not only neighs. There are 7 types of neighs, and each one means something different. Every sound, gesture, or body position, says something about the horse. Only by realizing their language, we are able to be horse whisperers. Observe your horse. Know your horse. Do no harm to your horse. Equus horse language is determined basically by three types of signs: body posture including head movement, tail movement, and sound. The deeper lesson is in realizing how does your horse respond to those who communicate with her? Story story, when Alejandro Magno acquires “Bucéfalo”, Filippo, his father, suggests sacrificing the horse for being wild and untamable. It is said that the conqueror resisted and said: What a horse we would miss! And all just for not having the knowledge, neither the resolution, to handle him!” He was right: tamed, Bucéfalo became the fastest and more resistant horse, that had ever existed. Together they built an empire larger than 20 millions square meters. That is what it is said. As in conquest, imposition is not enough. Synergy is needed as Intelligence. Body language and signals become common understanding. Equus language is a sign language that the cowboy learned from the Chickasaw Indian. [caption id="attachment_3009" align="aligncenter" width="680"] The Entrance at Cuadra San Francisco[/caption] THE PATH OF THE HORSE It is documented in film, that horses, like friends, respond better to kindness, music and peaceful communication. A natural connection comes from listening, and dancing together. Kindness comes from love, from the gift of feeling safe around you comes wanting to imitate your every move. Synchronicity in the heart mind, is another way to describe a healthy connection between the two. Until very recently horses were tamed with the use of tools and practices that sometimes hurt the animal. A Conscious rider understands that doing no harm to your horse means being aware of the pain your animal endures to serve your commands, and causing no pain, by showing patient, loving, and joyful connection. Observe your horse, listen, honor how you feel, because she is honoring how you feel. Watch the documentary “The path of the Horse”. At Casa San Francisco, Valente is in charge of teaching you about horses, and together with his dad, they teach the horses how to ride with you. Students at Casa San Francisco can study Dressage along with Reining, Western Pleasure and Jumping. As they put it, you can take lessons while on vacation and impress your friends when you return home. Cuadra San Francisco is located in Los Cabos Corridor, in Cabo Real. They open every day, except Sunday. Make sure to ask your concierge to RSVP, and remember it is a “cash only” economy, like in the wild west. Learn more at loscaboshorses.com. The potential, and ideal state, of a horse good for taming, includes temperament. Is he paying attention? Does he desire to work? Is his attitude forward? Does he like peace? What is his expression, his type, his charm? Classic is to say “A horse is worth more than reaches”, perhaps because “in riding a horse, we borrow freedom.” YeeHaw![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]]]>