- To live with and learn from the horses
- To become more self aware and centred with the help of the horses
- To care for the land, to learn from it and help it thrive
- To live totally, love much and enjoy all we have been gifted.
We believe it is time to move beyond old traditions and limiting belief systems. To let go of outdated modes of horse care that are convenient for humans but damaging to horses. To live a life that gives more than it takes and leave the planet more beautiful when our brief stay is over.
Horses are our medium. Horses have inspired and empowered humans through the ages. They symbolise freedom, yet humans have turned them into ‘things’ and exploited them.
Here at Over the Edge we seek a more equitable arrangement, where horses enjoy the benefits of domestication without the attrition. We allow the horses to guide us in their care and show us what they need for true well-being. This way, we give them everything they naturally need AND the advantages of domestication. We call it ‘Nature Plus’ horse care.
We are also exploring how horses relate to us when given choices. At Over The Edge the horses live in an environment that provides their biological and psychological requirements as a free roaming herd. Will they still choose to associate with us? How? When? Why?
Horses delight and inspire us. Through their reflection we learn how to be centred and self-aware. To meet them unfettered, in their own environment, is an experience that empowers all parties and creates an atmosphere of peace.
It is also important to us that our land thrives and we live in alignment with our world. The cork oak montado of Portugal is a unique eco system. We aim to contribute to this positively, in the time honoured Alentejo style of humans, animals and plant life nourishing each other.