Meet the Horses

You do not need to know ANYTHING about horses should you decide to attend a retreat at Les Sources Sacrées. Our horses are provided with as natural a habitat as possible. The small herd lives out, year round.  They are not shod, although they do see the farrier regularly to have their hooves trimmed. They eat grass or hay, depending on the season. They are not stabled, although they do have access to shelter, especially needed in the hot summer months when they can often be found dozing in the woods or in one of the field shelters.  They drink pure spring water (just like the retreat guests!) from the spring-water-filled drinking troughs in each field.  There is more that a hectare (2,2 acres) pasture per horse and varied terrain for them to explore, mimicking the prairies they would have roamed before horses became domesticated. Free range horses, and eco-friendly!

There are three Friesian horses in the herd (see video below). Friesian horses are ideal equine assisted experiential learning horses and great retreat leaders. Suzie’s (more about Suzie Stressjunkie) new best friends: Belle, Aurore and Tess, the retreat’s Friesian horses, are intelligent, intuitive and eager to offer guests the rare opportunity to discover the boundless insight and limitless understanding that can develop between a person and a horse, based on respect and trust. Suzie gathered that the idea is to learn from the horses how to be understanding and then to use these new-found insights to build more satisfying relationships with other people. It has certainly worked for Suzie, ask any of her staff.

Intimate and very private conversation
Private negotiation

Just as each person has a specific personality and life perspective, talents and life experiences, so does each of the horses.The horses offer their different personalities (loads of personality in Belle’s case), their generosity, their playfulness and their energy to ensure guests enjoy an unforgettable retreat.

Suzie met the following 6 horses during her retreat (and she will never forget a single one of them):

Belle de la Babinière

Aurore d’Alegria

Aurileo d’Alegria

Tess des Sources Sacrées

Le Duc d’Alegria

Bass des Sources Sacrées

“Girls, now imagine meeting three magnificent Friesian horses in a wild flower-scented meadow in the foothills of the majestic Pyrenées mountains, often snow-capped year round, that dominate the southern horizon from east to west. Imagine walking with your new horse friends through lush, fertile vineyards, undisturbed medieval oak forests, along powerful rivers and romantic streams, endless sunflower fields, past quiet and bottomless lakes…I tell you, Girls, this was the holiday of my LIFE!” heard during one of Suze No-longer-a-Stressjunkie’s no-longer-endless board meetings.

Do you too desperately need to escape the endless demands of the rat race?

No need to spend a fortune. Simply send an e-mail to welcome2gascony@gmail.com or fill in the form below to check availability and make a booking, then book your plane ticket with one of the budget airlines, pack sunglasses, suntan lotion and your swimming costume and join the herd for an unforgettable holiday in the sun-blessed south of France. This memorable retreat in the company of these Friesian horses will change your life forever.

This is a retreat that you will continue to benefit from for many years. Register your interest NOW – due to the small group policy places are limited.

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Guided Personal and Professional Growth – Reformed MD, assisted by six talented Horses, hosts Stress Management Mindfulness Meditation Workshops in the south of France

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