Activities



Haras Los Estribos

In the breeding farm we focus in the reproduction and breeding of arab and anglo-arab horses, and also in sport activities as endurance and driving.

Breeding and reproduction

As a breeding farm, our main activity is the reproduction and breeding of arab and anglo-arab horses. Aiming for a sport horse, we carefullu select our group of bloodmares and stallions, relaying on proven genetics and choosing individuals with good conformation. Fort he breeding process, we have a permanent veterinarian in charge of a laboratory, where we collect and freeze semen. This allows us to choose from natural covering the mares or atificial insemination with fresh, chilled or Frozen semen. Our facilities for safely manualy check and ultrasound, allows us to follow a close control to the mares cycle and pregnancies, for our mares and also to the outsiders that come to our farm to be covered with our stallions. We also had incorporated techniques of embrio transfer, method that we use for older mares and mares during their sport careers. Our infrastructure is appropriate for rising healthily and naturally the foals, with instructed and experienced personnel. We particularly emphasize in the gently handlying of the horses, aiming to develop trust and docility in them.

Endurance

In the first stages of taming, only the individuals that show the stamina, courage, health and good heart recovery - all indispensable conditions necessary to compete in the demanding endurance sport - will start specific training to become long-distance endurance horse. In the slow and careful process of training, the horse begins on the shortest distances and at the easiest speed. These marks are gradually increased and successfully reached, respecting the necessary rests, before we consider a horse as totally prepared for real competition. When training and competing, our main goal is to form our young horses for sport competitions. Each horse is trained respecting individual characteristics. The training levels are increased gradually according to the improvement in his or her physical condition. The idea is that during its first competitions, the young horse will learn about the sport, such as to leave home, get on a truck, stay in unknown barns, be among many unknown horses, be in a crowd of people, and change from the quiet training it was used to, into racing in a big group of horses, etc. It is not speed what we seek at this stage, but a young horse with the least possible stress in this new activity. Following the rules of the FEI (Federation Equestre Internationale) we increase the distances until 120km in a period of time of two years, always doing some repetitions on each distance to let the horse get adapted. After this and only with the horse in perfect conditions, we look for the speed. We consider it often important to give young horses a break in their training for a few months, to relax from the sport’s high physical demands.

Driving

This activity is practiced daily on Eduardo Romero Oneto’s driving horses, which he competes with throughout the year. Particularly this sport requires adequate training in order to build up specific muscles. Driving dressage requires great precision in figures, as well as correct vertical and lateral flexion, balance and suppleness. This is only achieved with a routine in lunging and drive-training.