Horses & Tack
Caballadas is home to about 60 beautiful horses that roam free on our 20,000-hectare ranch.
Caballadas is home to about 60 beautiful horses that roam free on our 20,000-hectare ranch. You will ride well-schooled, local stock horses mixed with Anglo-Normandos, Criollos, and polo ponies. Our large selection of horses allows us to cater to all riding abilities and confidence levels. They are neck-reined, sure-footed and usually well behaved, making our riding trips safe and enjoyable.
We ask our guests to provide us with an insight of your riding history and experience before you arrive, so we can begin thinking about which horse will be the best match for you.
Caballadas has a large selection of saddles and tack. Our saddles include Chilean saddles (designed with comfort in mind for long days in the saddle), “pato” saddles (similar to a U.S. Western-style saddle with a horn), old army saddles, and polo saddles. For a more comfortable experience, they all have sheepskins on them secured with a rawhide over-girth.
Our bridles, halters, and over-girths are handcrafted of rawhide leather. At Caballadas, we care very much for our horses, which is why all our girths and pads are made of braided sheep wool, and are handcrafted by native Mapuche women.
The horses of Patagonia are different. They are a rare combination of breeds. What makes them unique is their strength, endurance, and, most importantly, their ability overcome obstacles. A “regular” horse would struggle when confronted with the challenges of the Patagonian terrain. They would hesitate and perhaps become flighty and dangerous for both itself and its rider. But the horses in Patagonia, our horses, stay calm. They look at any obstacle, and, whether it be dense brush on a steep climb or deep water during a river crossing, they move through it slowly and surely, delivering the rider safe and sound.
The traditional Gaucho horses, Criollos, are direct descendants of Andalusian horses brought to the New World, shortly after Christopher Columbus “discovered” the Americas. In 1535, Buenos Aires founder Pedro de Mendoza imported 100 Pure Bred Andalusian stallions from Spain. After years of becoming a strong feral breed, and later cross breeding with imported Thoroughbreds, Criollos was recognized as a unique breed in 1923, with modification to the definition of the breed finally closed in 1957.
Next to the Arabian horse, Criollos may have the best endurance of any horse breed in the world. Known for their hardiness and stamina, Criollos are intelligent, willing, sensible, and easily controlled, making them popular in their home countries and on the vast open pampas of Patagonia.
Argentine Polo Ponies, a cross between Thoroughbred and Criollo blood, are recognized the world over for being fine polo horses. While not an official breed, combining the speed and grace of the Thoroughbred with the tireless work ethic of the Criollo, creates an animal who looks forward to and thrives on hard work.
And last but not least, the Anglo-Normando breed, originated in France, is a descendent of the now extinct Anglo-Norman. The Anglo-Normando acquired its name in 1958, and is the result of crossings between Norman English and purebred mares. It known for being a comfortable and good-tempered walking horse.