Eros is a horse riding instructor. In his stables immersed in the pine woods, his horses lead you along paths immersed in summer greenery and covered by snow in winter.
How long have you been riding instructor?
I have a riding instructor’s license since I was 20 years old.
How did this passion of yours come about?
My family had a farm with horses and for this, I have always been very attached to these animals. Furthermore, I always had the desire to open my own business and so I combined this desire with love for horses and I got the instructor’s license.
Horse Trekking Alps
What courses need to be taken to become an instructor?
To become an instructor you must first obtain a license that only certifies that you are fit to work with horses. Then the course is taken to become an assistant instructor and then do the one to become a real instructor.
Why did you decide to open a riding school in Sauris?
I was called to work in this newly renovated stables after the collapse of the previous structure due to snow and I immediately took the opportunity to start managing an activity. I have always been very fascinated by the mountains and in Sauris there was the possibility of doing less riding and riding techniques and more outdoor and trekking excursions, undervalued activities in the area, and so I packed up and from the low Friuli, I decided to go to the mountain!
How are you connected to this place?
In Sauris you can easily carry out your business, also thanks to the presence of many tourists and the support of the country and institutions. Then in the period in which I started working in this stables, I also had the opportunity to go to work in Canada and Sauris seemed the right compromise to work in a mountain area with horses while remaining close to home.
What distinguishes your riding school from others?
My riding school certainly stands out from the others due to the fact that I do very little handling and many outdoor walks, even with absolute beginners. I think this is very important especially in an area where you have to deal with tourists because a person who comes to Sauris on vacation is interested in living a new experience to admire the area and not much to the simple riding lesson.
Why is contact with the animal important and what does it give to the activity?
Lately I see that the people who come to my stables are a bit stressed, always running and timeless, with a very set way of life. For example, the first thing they do when they see a horse is not to get close to know it, but to take the phone to take a picture. I try to avoid this by letting people learn slowly to get closer to the horse to establish a bond, and if they want a picture … I’ll do it! After a ride on horseback, even just two hours, I immediately see that people are much more serene and at ease, in fact, horseback riding pushes people to believe in themselves and be more self-confident.
Where did the idea of proposing horseback riding in the snow come from?
In Canada and North America, they have always carried out these activities even though there is a lot of snow and getting very cold and many tourists go on vacation to these places just for horseback riding in the snow. As for Italy, in Trentino Alto Adige they have been carrying out this activity for many years and so I immediately thought of proposing it also to Sauris where the weather conditions are much milder. I immediately noticed that taking the right precautions, a walk on the snow can give a lot of satisfaction, both to me and to the people who play it, because it gives the feeling of being projected in a film.
A walk on the snow, unlike what many think, is absolutely no more dangerous than a normal walk carried out in the summer and the only difference is that … you have to dress more!
What are the questions your customers ask you?
I must say that my guests are usually very interested in the health of the horse and its feeding! Then they ask me if they are “good and good” because at the beginning they are all a little worried about their safety, but then they realize that in reality they are the ones who transmit the emotion to the horse, an animal that is very sensitive to the people around it.
What are you trying to convey to those who do business with you?
I try to spend a day or a couple of hours outside the hectic routine and away from everyday habits. The people during my walks live moments of tranquility, establish a relationship with the horse, “slow down” and relax.
Thank you Eros for your time! See you for the next horse ride in Sauris!