Among the Ermitage Macchiabella team, there are four horses, Lupo, an argentinian wolf, and two cats, Minu and Tappo. Anyone who loves animals knows that they are absolutely faithful companions and loyal friends.
The horse, a must: intelligent and curious, a strong partner that leads us anywhere. We found an Arabic saying, which gives you the idea: "Luck you can find on the back of a horse". Trips on horseback are an unforgettable experience and it causes an indescribable feeling. Not without reason horses are used in therapy, in the so-called hippotherapy: riding as a therapy for the disabled - but not only.
Below, we present our dear companions. They require a lot of work and care, but they give us much more for this.....
Dayan, a gray
thoroughbred Egyptian Arab gelding, born 2005.
The Arab horse is a breed of horse that originated on the Arabian Peninsula. With a distinctive head shape and high tail carriage, the Arabian is one of the most easily recognizable horse breeds in the world. Also it is one of the oldest breeds, with archaeological evidence of horses that resemble modern Arabians dating back 4,500 years. Throughout history, Arabian horses spread around the world by both war and trade, used to improve other breeds by adding speed, refinement, endurance and strong bone. Today, Arabian bloodlines are found in almost every modern breed of riding horse .
Dayan was bred by Willy Luder in Creda (BO), Italy, where he spent his first three years. Francesco Pilati at that time in the stable of Torre Burchio (PG), Italy, worked with Dayan using the Monty Roberts method. Later we brought him where he lives now: in the stable "La Nevera" in Lanzo d' Intelvi (CO). In the menatime, he returned to Umbria. At the stables "Montione", located in our neighborhood, he is definitely in good hands.
Dayan was the first horse in our team.
Karim, a Shagya Arab thoroughbred, gelding, born 2007.
The Shagya Arabian was developed in the Austro-Hungarian Empire during the 19th century at the Bábolna, Mezőhegyes, Radautz, Piber, and Topolcianky studs. Today it is most often seen in the Czech Republic, Austria, Poland, Germany, and Hungary, but has been exported to other nations and is bred around the world. A purebred Shagya Arabian bloodlines has today, which can be traced in all lines to the studbooks of Radautz, Babolna, and Topolcianky.
Karim was born in Hungary, then we brought him to the stable "La Nevera" in Lanzo d'Intelvi (CO), Italy. He is now staying in the nearby stable "Montione" of Francesco Pilati, where he is trained for endurance races. He had his First 30 km race in Torgiano (PG) on July 14, 2013, followed by 60 km race in Arezzo (AR).
Karim is the junior of our team.
Rudy, Maremma (improved), gelding, born 1995.
The first few Maremma horses were pure, but, after a good deal of out-crossing involving English horses like the Norfolk Roadster, the horses became more a mixture than a pure breed. The Maremmanos are not the best-looking breed or the fastest, but they are good, sturdy workers, using strength and toughness with their calm temperament.
Before joining the team, Rudy worked as a trekking horse at the stable of Torre Burchio (PG), for several years.
He was taken along with Karim to the stable "The Nevera" of Lanzo d'Intelvi (CO), in November 2010. Now Rudy's home is at Ermitage Macchiabella, in Fratta Todina. He is a correct and good worker, strong and sometimes a bit rude. That is the reason he was named Rudy!
Rudy is the senior of the team and he knows this perfectly well.
Kouskann, a thoroughbred Arabian gelding, born 2003, the last entry in our team.
Born and raised in France, he participated in some endurance races. We met him at "La Nevera" of Lanzo d'Intelvi (CO) and from February 2012, he joined our team.
Kouskann has a balanced and calm character. He does not like stress and he is not very competitive, this is the reason we found him so cute - a thoroughbred Arabian who is easy going - fantastic! It is unbelievable how he stands still also with noise and movements around him. Before joining us he used to work with a girl, then nine years old. It was cute to see them together: whenever she wanted to put the holster, he lowered his head to make it happen. Together with Rudy, he now resides at Ermitage Macchiabella.
We are happy to have Kouskann with us.
Lupo, a wolf-dog foundling, the last entry in the Ermitage Macchiabella team, born
He was found injured and abandoned on a motorway in Argentina, operated on a leg, cured and prepared for his long trip to
Europe. Mylène organized all of this and brought him to us directly from Buenos Aires. Lupo is so cute and affectionate.
Considering his destiny he virtually made a 6 in the lottery.