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Sundance Ranch Portugal

Horse-friendly riding starts with allowing the horses to live in a way that fills their basic needs: freedom, friends and forage. Next comes groundwork, which helps to establish trust and respect. Only when the basis is solid, we proceed to riding with soft feel.

The courses are good for beginners, riders who want to learn Western riding, people who are interested in Natural Horsemanship, or riders who want to get over a fall or other accident. Our focus is always on a trusting relationship between horse and rider.

The small herd of Quarter Horses and Portuguese breeds consist of youngsters, old-timers and well-trained, friendly riding horses. These horses can help you learn new skills and get closer to your specific goals.

The schedule for each week is adapted to the needs of our participants at the time, but here is an example of the basic underlying structure:

Daily schedule:
9am Breakfast
10am Working with the horses
1pm Lunch
3pm Working with the horses
6pm Wrap up for the day

Working with the horses can be ground work, riding lessons or trail riding. There is always time for more theory and discussion around the work with the horses.

Saturday is your day to explore the surrounding country side or try other activities. Sunday is reserved for arrival and departure and we can of course help you with the logistics of travelling to and from the ranch, as well as with planning a stop over in Lisbon or another city.
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Name Sundance Ranch Portugal
Type of Holiday Riding and Accommodation
Price £745 per week.
Accommodation Our guests stay at the ranch house with Sandra, in midst of unspoiled nature. For example, you will not find electricity or telephone posts for many kilometers around us. The house has three double rooms, a kitchen and a big living/dining area. Two bathrooms with WC are available. There’s unlimited Wifi in the house. We all prepare breakfast together and talk about the days plans. Our staff prepares a typical Portuguese lunch for us. In the evening, we can all make dinner together at the house or go exploring and eat at one of the many fine restaurants in the area. We are very flexible about the meals and would love for everyone to pitch in so we can make it a joint activity. The town of Odemira is only 5 kilometers away. Other than many restaurants, the town also has a few supermarkets, a pharmacy, doctors, a petrol station etc.
Hours Riding Per Day Two
Instruction Yes
Nearest Airport Faro or Lisbon
Open All Year
Other Facilities Languages used for teaching: English and German.
Address Herdade Saquenibaque 7630-216 Odemira, Portugal
Riding Facilities Riding school 20 by 40 meters. Roundpen.
Riding Style Western
Suitable For Children Yes
Riding Safari No
Western Ranch Yes
Beach Riding No
Tuition Yes
Centre Based No
Trail Ride Yes
Website http://www.sundanceranchportugal.com

Reviews

Customer Reviews

Great! Review by MJ
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My daughter (8yrs) and i loved our time at the range. Sandra is a great host and teacher. She has so many nice horses that there is always a match for everyone. My daughter loved riding several different horses and gained so much confidence. I did some interesting groundwork and riding exercises which i could feel through with Sandra's experienced horses to take home to my own young ones. Thanks! (Posted on 03/05/2017)
Wonderful Review by Larissa
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Sundance Ranch is a really unique place. One where horses can live a happy life, where humans can learn, grow, truly relax and enjoy! Sandra is a wonderful teacher, the lessons are tailored to the individual needs and interests of the guests, the horses are well trained and you feel that they are truly happy which has a direct impact on your working with them and learning from them. The location is breathtaking and the food excellent! I spent the most wonderful time there.

Eine wirklich wundervolle Erfahrung mit glücklichen Pferden, netten Menschen, interessanten Erfahrungen und wundervollem Essen. Der ideale Platz, um zu lernen und zu entspannen! (Posted on 29/04/2017)
Expectation-exceeding, very relaxing holiday. Review by Fred
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My stay at the Sundance Ranch went beyond all expectations. The level of equestrian knowledge demonstrated by the staff is unrivaled in Portugal, especially concerning western riding and horse-human relationships. (Posted on 27/04/2017)
Top team with several years of Experience , and beautiful rides in the nature . The HORSES are Very well treated and the food is excellent ...Best way to escape from the confusion of the city and have a week of Riding and relax in the nature,and in the sa Review by Dunga
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Top !! 5 *, super team ,wonderful and well Trained horses ,and the Ranch is awsome (Posted on 25/04/2017)
Fantastic experience Review by Miss K
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Happy horses, all kept on pastures in a very natural way, beautiful environment and landscape, excellent accommodation in an completely renovated Portuguese country house and most yummy veg and non veg food. Teaching is performed on a very personal base, according to individual needs. (Posted on 25/04/2017)
5 stars - I just can't give less ... honestly. Review by Liesbeth
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Sundance Ranch is a dream come true experience for every horse lover who wants to enjoy a learning experience in a wonderful environment, with the most jummie food you could whish for. Warning: you'll grow a sweet and round belly. The horses live in herds, you'll love all of their characters and will never want to leave them. Sandra is a commited teacher; she'll teach you about the psychology of the horse, and how work well with him - so you can both enjoy the ride. Sounds to good to be true? Go and check it out! :-) (Posted on 25/04/2017)
Superb Holiday Review by Janet H.
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I stayed with Sandra to work on Natural Horsemanship. The location is amazing, away from too much civilisation and close to nature ...but with all the home comforts of a lovely house and yummy food. The horses are a great mix and regardless of what level you are there will be one suitable for you. I like working with young horses but she also has steady older confidence givers for anyone who is nervous or inexperienced. I worked with horses in the round pen and riding arena and we also went out for a trail ride to take in the spectacular scenery along the river Mira. I have visited a lot of riding centres but rarely found one run along such great ethical lines where the welfare of the horse both mental and physical is so high on the priority list. . (Posted on 25/04/2017)

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