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Terre di Siena on horseback

On holiday with the ponies

Casa Ranieri is a project born at the beginning of the ‘90s out of the passion for horses of Nadia and Piero two University professors of ethology and ecology at La Sapienza University in Rome. Today Casa Ranieri, agritourism and equestrian centre, represents a reference point for enthusiasts of horse-riding and equestrian tourism. Casa Ranieri is located on the Sienese versant of Monte Amiata facing the stunning view over the Val d’Orcia.

Nadia tells us what are the main activities at the centre.
Breeding and training of show horses, dressage, show jumping. Paddocks, stables, sheltered riding-school paddock and the club house are the main structures. 

And what about the equestrian tourism?
Casa Ranieri is located in a strategic and ideal place for excursions through the beautiful Val d’Orcia to the great woodlands of Monte Amiata. Several options are available such as 2 or 3-hour daily rides or, for the most experienced riders, free range rides of a couple of days or more.

Do you organize projects and events for children?
Certainly! Casa Ranieri is a horse-riding centre that pays a lot of attention to the younger riders. It is not a coincidence that a lot of families with children spend their holidays here. In particular for children between 7 and 13 years of age we have devised an 8-hour program, “On holiday with the ponies”, consisting of a 6-hour riding school and 2 hours of ethology lessons. The program is flexible and can be customized according to specific needs.

What are the main objectives of “On holiday with the ponies”?
First of all a balanced approach to the animal: handling, grooming and feeding it correctly. Secondly to know how to observe and learn how to recognize the main social and behavioral signals, playing, the use of the sense organs and the non-verbal communication. An instructor recognized by the Italian Equestrian Federation will be available for 6 hours, teaching the horse-riding techniques. During the 6-hour lesson the children will have the chance to learn, other than the specific techniques, how to play games with the horses individually and with the other children.

Is there a different teaching method for the more experienced young riders?
In this case the program takes into account an advanced level of training with the introduction of show jumping, dressage, carousel and other horse-riding games for more skillful riders.

Info and contacts: 
Agriturismo Casa Ranieri 
Centro Ippico Val d’Orcia,
Podere La Martina, Loc. Campiglia d'Orcia, Castiglione d'Orcia (SI)
Tel. 0577.872639


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