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Both tourists who take part in this course for the first time and who have already received the first and second levels can take part in this group. There will be basic lectures plus new useful information for levels 1 and 2 and horseback ridings of a basic course plus the special additional program for levels 1 and 2.
Imagine going for a hiking tour to the mountains and living in a herd of horses. You will stay in a common 16-seat large tent with beds and mattresses, or in your personal tent. There is free space protected from wind and rain for creativity, lectures, and meetings. The camp is equipped with a bathtub and shower.
A discussion of horseback ridings on the basis of the footage is compulsory (every horseback riding is shot with a camera). There is wild energy of freedom here, high in the mountains. The herd of Hutsul horses can generously share with this one. Horses, field conditions, and wildlife will help you find the real you. Since 2001, the farm has been breeding Hutsul horses and mountain horse riding.
Besides the goal of preserving a unique aboriginal Ukrainian breed, there is another one – riding happy horses in the mountains. Taking into account all the experience gained during these years with horses and equestrian tourism, both with tourists, newcomers, and professional riders, they have created a special five-day course.
During the course, they share their experience and knowledge theoretically and practically (exercises, training in the treatment of horses and herds, in horseback riding across the country and mountainous terrain) they prepare a horseback rider who can ride a horse according to his level in the Carpathians.
Horseback riding tours will be organized as they prepare horse-drawn tourists. Horse-drawn tourists will receive offers of tours in accordance with their level of training. There are two programs:
The Hutsul horses move in a balanced way and so smoothly that for many years, they have set tourists on horseback and walked with them to the mountains. The horses move smoothly, often simply bearing their tourist who had to be returned safe and sound. EquitoursUA wants to ride happy horses in the mountains, which prefer being with a man on the tour.
How many impressions, emotions, and experience people get communicating with horses in the tour! So, having such a horse, with a great desire and self-improvement, they can prepare a horseback rider of one of four levels during this five-day course. Later, during other tours, you can improve your level. If you dreamed of riding a horse, participating in horseback tours, and have a passion for horses and mountains, you are welcome!
For the sake of keeping the breed, the horses at FE "Polonynske Hospodarstvo" live on free grazing, without a stable. They get nothing from a man. They fight against the wild beast in the valleys. At the same time, the horses get peace and stability, they perform their part of work for that. What is happening here is a symbiosis between a man and a horse, it is very important not to cross the narrow line. %Therefore, you will need some additional knowledge about the behavior of horses, such behavior is more natural for the horse, this knowledge will be useful in working with other horses. You will come to a horse, not a horse to you. Living with a herd of independent horses, learning to understand them, and working with them is one of the goals of the course.
Few of the riders know the true strength and character of the Hutsul horse at will, at home - in the Carpathians. The peculiarities of the body structure of the Hutsul horse and the nuances of mountain riding are also important. They someway influence the seat (EquitoursUA uses a military seat).
You will receive your level of horseback rider from 1 to 4 after graduation of the course. After that, you will be able to take part in horseback riding tours according to your level. The level can be raised during subsequent tours. This is a really unique experience with horses, which EquitoursUA is ready to share with you.
If you dreamed of going on serious horseback riding tours, adore horses and mountains and want to open the horse world from a different angle, you are welcome!
Goal: Acquaintance with a group, a herd of horses, and the work of the farm
You will learn about stockbreeding of the farm, features of keeping horses at the farming enterprise and their characteristics, basic rules of behavior in the herd of horses, history of Farm "Polonynske Hospodarstvo", and there will be grading of mountain equestrian tourist's levels and the possibilities (according to Poloninske Hospodarstvo’s system).
Goal: Preparation for horse riding in mountain conditions, acquaintance with a harness, saddling, first hiking tour, and offsaddling
Features of Hutsul horse’s body structure and a seat on a horseback in mountain conditions (instruction), harness, saddling, offsaddling, the principle of mountain equestrian tourism and tours, the cooperation of the instructor-guide, and the mountain horseback rider beginner.
Goal: To obtain theoretical and practical knowledge on the basis of etiology, which will help feel harmoniously and safely in the horse's herd, facilitate cooperation, and understanding of horse rider both on the ground and on the horseback.
Herd, herd psychology (ethology), man and herd, and human movements and intonation
Goal: Acquaintance with the history of the horse domestication, the history of Ukrainian aboriginal breeds and cooperation of the Ukrainians with a horse. Acquaintance with the basics of working with a free horse on the horseback and on the ground. Applying the gained knowledge in practice.
The history of the horse domestication and horse-riding, three Ukrainian aboriginal breeds: Warhorse, Tarpan, Cossacks and horses, and Hutsul and his horse
Goal: To solidify all knowledge gained in practice. Getting one of the four levels of a mountain equestrian tourist.
Please note that for participants who can't sit on the horse right and can’t take up his position in space, they won’t be allowed to go on a tour to peaks for the sake of his own safety. However, they can go on a tour to a lower mountain height, adequate to his physical abilities.
Firstly, since the main thing for the tour is the safety of the tourist, the group is guided by the weakest participant. Therefore, in order for the further hiking tours in the mountains be pleasant and interesting for the whole group, your guide will gather the participants of the tour of the same or an approximate level. Secondly, the presence of gradation levels motivates participants to get a higher level and go into a more complex hiking tour.
There is always an opportunity for growth, as soon as the coaches see that there are enough active participants with Level 4, they will open Level 5.
Age of participants starts from 12 years. Then everything depends on your health and physical well-being.
Basic training is physical fitness. Start doing exercises or attend a sports club in order to increase stamina, stretch, and tone up the muscles. Exercises for the coordination of movements are also important. Poloninska Economy will advise you some sets of exercises.
The Hutsul horse is extremely strong and hardy, it can carry a load of 100 kilograms / 220 pounds on a mountainous terrain, regardless of its compactness. A beginner rider, not holding a balance, increases the sense of a horse's weight several times. Weight limit for the beginners is up to 90 kilograms / 198 pounds.
The team was created from the enthusiasts of the development of extreme mountain equestrian tourism in Ukraine and people who want to ensure that the Hutsul horse was valued correctly and on merits, headed by the owner and breeder of horses Ihnatenko Oleksandr. Everyone came here not by chance, and everyone is an important part of the team (there are members of the team that live far, but penetrated the goal and help with their skills and talents, all this creates the club of Hutsul horse).
Everyone has his personal life and profession, but the common goal has joined Poloninska Economy. Oleksandr has been breeding the Hutsul horses and extreme mountain horses since 2001. The main goal of the practical course and the actual horseback riding is to preserve the Hutsul breed, test horse for labor productivity, and find a niche for the Hutsul horse where it will be in its place.
Oleksandr is the founder of the farm and is involved in horseback riding with select instructors since 2001. Course author.
Julia came into the farm as a tourist In 2015 and since 2016, started to work as a tour organizer and instructor. Course co-author.
The course shall be conducted at the unique private farm for breeding the Hutsul horses in their natural area. There are no deniers and stables, horses do not feed or sow, even in winter. The farm with summer pastures is at the altitude of 1,000 meters above sea level. Horses are grazed either in electro-feeding fences not far from the farm or freely in the mountain valleys of the Rivna or Hostra.
Only the mountains are around, it is 6.5 kilometers to the nearest village. Horses are self-sufficient, do not receive anything from people, and have self-sufficient personalities; they are strong physically and morally and have their own opinion. The fact that this is a symbiosis of a person and a horse, the person gives the horse comfort and relative calm and protection, for which the horses perform their part of work with tourists.
You will be provided with three Ukrainian meals per day. A vegetarian menu is possible. Dishes are cooked in an open fire in the “kolyba”. There is also a bar for those who wish to buy a tasty beer, etc., during free time after the day course is finished.
Uzhhorod International Airport
Please book your flight to arrive at Uzhhorod International Airport (UDJ). The meeting point is at the airport's main entrance.
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