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Let’s Start With Dressage

Classical Portuguese Dressage lessons to create balance and harmony between horse and rider.

We provide one to one coaching in the foundations and principalsof classical equitation, specializing in helping you to achieve the correct classical seat and true rein contact.

For your lessons you will be riding Nicole´s wellmannered and highly schooled Lusitano horses. Lessons can be held in English.

Nicole also instructs working in-hand techniques, which is beneficial for both horse and rider.

Portuguese Equitation builds on the principles of Classical Dressage, with some differences in the exercises, the aids and riding style.

Still on Dressage

We have three options and they can be mixed as desired.
A basic riding level is required to participate. Riders should be competent in all three gaits (walk, trot and canter) and understand the basics of dressage.

You can arrive and depart on any day and stay for as long as you like. However, for a more fulfilling experience, we do recommend a stay of at least three days.
Although our school horses are all very well trained, gentle and safe, it is mandatory to wear a hard hat/helmet at all times when riding for your own security.

Our Programs

Intensive riding program (A):
By choosing this option you have two riding lessons per day, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. In between the lessons you have time to relax by the pool or enjoy quiet time around the horses.

Moderate riding program (B):
You have one riding lesson per day in the morning or in the afternoon, allowing you the time to discover and enjoy the surrounding Portuguese nature and culture on offer. A trip to Lisbon or the beach from Lusitanos Academy only takes about 30 minutes.

Non-rider program
For the accompanying non-riders or if you want to take a day off riding.

the key pillars of classical dressage

By focusing on the key pillars of classical dressage, our students gradually work the horse to perfection in straightness, contact, suppleness, collection and impulsion. Taking a gradual approach and with the correct preparatory work, the school horses are able to perform some of the most difficult classical movements such as pirouette, passage and flying changes.

Riders should be balanced and independent at walk, trot and canter, and it is na advantage to know the basic lateral movements such as shoulder-in and half-pass.

The lessons take as long as the rider needs to achieve the particular goal for the lesson. In general, the lessons are in average approx 50 minutes long.

This format of intensive interaction between riders and instructors delivers productive and valuable learning.