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an interlude, with horses…

URUGUAY — SIERRA DE ROCHA

I’ve mentioned, already, dreams of horses. In Uruguay, I happen across a little slice of heaven, with horses, an organic vegetable garden and some lovely folk.

I'm tempted to translate Caballos de Luz loosely - very loosely - as Lucie's Light Brigade. Lucie, who hails originally from Austro-Czech Central Europe is the energetic force behind Caballos de Luz, along with Santi, her Uruguayan partner. The business can be summarised as horse based eco-tourism, providing accommodation, short horse rides, longer tours on horseback, courses on horse management and training, vegetarian food and lots of love.

I am officially a wwoof style volunteer and I do spend a lot more time in the huerta than this one photo of the rosemary bush would suggest...

...but my duties also allow me plenty of time hanging with the horses...

... and on horse back.

Me and my horse.

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The property is a communally owned piece of land which people from all over the world are involved in, one way or another, and although my knowledge of Uruguay is still somewhat limited I'm willing to believe the contention that it is situated in one of the most beautiful areas in the country.

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Native palms dot the landscape...

... where it is not covered by spiny brush.

The communal land is strictly vegetarian but the neighours are raising all kinds of animals and produce some of the best eggs I have ever eaten. This litter of chanchitos (baby pigs)...

... is currently under the very watchful eye of mama chancha (big pig!).

Lucie shines brightly and Caballos de Luz forms something of an energetic centre of the communal land with various activities such as...

... horse riding classes for the community's children.

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And just before I leave* I have the opportunity to take part in a weekend course in training horses the 'rational' way: that is, developing a relationship with the horse based on some sort of mutual understanding and collaboration.

This is me in guachita** mode. (Photo by Santi)

... (Photo by Santi)

It is Santi, Lucie's husband, who tells us...

... how to understand exactly what it is that a horse is saying.

*I can’t think quite why I did leave.

** gaucha = cowgirl

{ 1 } Comments

  1. Tony | September 7, 2014 at 10:20 am | Permalink

    Wow, that looks like a wonderful place to hang out. And with horses! Maybe you can go back…

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