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Estancia at Sierra Chicas

Estancia at Sierra Chicas

Tack: English Style with English polo saddles and military saddles, covered with sheepskins
Style of Riding: Western, one handed with soft reins
Horses: Criollos, Peruvian Pasos, Quarter Horses, Polo ponies and some crossbreeds
Average size 15 hands
Pace: Walking, ‘pacing’ and plenty of opportunities to canter, dependent on ability
4- 6 hours daily

| Walk | Trot | Canter |
Level: Riding Level (Click for legend) (2 to 5 out of 5)    Novice to Advanced
Age: Min 10
Weight: Max 200 lbs / 90 kg
Riders: Min 3 riders Max 12 riders
(per riding group)
Max Capacity 12

Your Hosts

Your estancia stay is hosted by Louisa and her husband, Kevin. They are always thrilled to invite guests into the family farm, where being a part of day-to-day life is encouraged. Kevin delights in regaling visitors with tales of his family and life in Argentina over a glass of Malbec, while Louisa is always ready to chat, surrounded by our other family members - the horses and the dogs!
Our permanent team have nearly 100 years combined experience on the estancia, so for them, the estancia is their home as much as their place of work. Whether it's Pato, our cook, inviting you into the kitchen to see what she is baking for the day, or Leo, one of the gauchos showing off his skills on horseback, our team are always ready to share special glimpses of real Argentine life.

Horses on the estancia include sure-footed and tough Criollos, energetic and smooth gaited Peruvian Paso horses, strong and even-tempered Quarter Horses and agile and fast Polo Ponies. The unique quality of the "Peruvians" is that they have the pre-Moorish Spanish Paso, an extraordinary gait that enables them to walk at the speed of a canter. The ride is smooth and feels like sitting in a portable armchair, perfectly suited for the distances required of the landscape. The gait of the Peruvian Paso is similar to the Icelandic horse. It is a four-beat lateral gait. Very comfortable indeed. The Rolls Royce of horses.
The herd of over 100 horses provides something for everyone, and for riders of all abilities.
All horses are soft-mouthed, forward going and with wonderful temperaments, typical of working horses who lead varied lives and are free to roam on the hills in their downtime.
Many of our horses are homebred and raised by us. Horses are our passion, and each and every one is considered part of the family.
Guests are encouraged to get involved with all of the horse activities on the farm, whether that is watching the horse-breaker at work or rounding up the mares and foals to protect them from pumas.

You can expect to ride for between 4 and 6 hours per day, usually with a longer ride in the morning and a shorter ride in the afternoon. On Sunday there is a morning ride but no afternoon ride.
Rides are split according to ability, and often we will have several rides going out at the same time. The maximum number of guests per ride is 6 (plus 2 guides) but usually we have about 4 riders or so per riding group.
Our horses are ridden ‘gaucho style’, in a relaxed manner with loose reins, which is very intuitive and easy to pick up.

Polo Game
We usually play an informal game of polo at least once a week on the estancia for those that would like to learn/take part. All guests can participate at no extra cost.

Hard Hats
We strongly recommend that you wear a hard hat for riding, and it is obligatory for playing polo. We have a limited number available at the estancia, but you may prefer to bring your own to ensure the correct fit and comfort.

For those accompanying riding partners or friends, there is often the opportunity to join for picnic lunches, and to watch polo being played on the Estancia, or perhaps enjoy a ride in one of the antique cars or more traditional horse-drawn carriage. There are a range of non-riding activities available on the estancia (guided walks, farm drives, wine tastings, etc) that can be organized with the hosts on arrival, or guests can express their interest at the time of booking.

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Estancia at Sierra Chicas
Tour Code: IT-ARRT11
8 days / 7 nights
Dates : Available all Year (except May & June)

Trip Rating :
Difficulty : Riding Level
Riding Level Explained
Beginner A rider who has limited experience, is unable to post the trot and does not canter.
Novice A rider who is capable of mounting and dismounting unassisted, capable of applying basic aids, comfortable and in control at the walk, moderate length posting trots, and short canters.
Intermediate A rider who has a firm seat, is confident and in control at all paces (including posting trots, two point canters and gallops), but does not ride regularly.
D Strong Intermediate
Strong Intermediate An intermediate rider who is currently riding regularly and is comfortable in the saddle for at least 6 hours per day.
All of the above, plus an independent seat, soft hands, and capable of handlinga spirited horse in open country.
Lodging: Standard
Lodging Level Explained
= Facilities in lodges, estancias, haciendas, resorts, etc.
Basic lodging - some with shared bathroom facilities, usually no AC or room service.
Regular standard room - usually with private bath.
 Accommodations with superior comforts.
 = Trips with nights in tent camps. Sometimes the first and last night are in hotels.
Basic tent camping - everyone helps out with camp chores.
Regular standard with some camp amenities and camp cook.
Camping facilities with superior comforts like camp shower, bathroom facility..
 = Trips that combine nights in hotels and camping.
Basic accommodation and basic camping facilities can be expected.
Regular standard with some nicer amenities.
Only assigned to hotel and camping facilities with superior comforts.

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Tack: English Style with English polo saddle...
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Pace: Walking, ‘pacing’ and plenty of opport...
Walk, Trot, Canter,
Airport: Cordoba
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