Former 'Panorama Trails' horses

Many visitors who come on our rides find their "dream horse" on the trails. Here are just a few of the lucky owners who have found their ideal partner in our former trail horses:

  • Anne – Camarón (Germany)
  • Noemi – Cava (Swiss)
  • Maryline – Morito (Swiss)
  • Katrin – Picolo & Leo (Germany)
  • Ari – Paraíso (ES)
  • Elena – Alfil (ITA)
  • Sue – Lucero (UK)
  • Sara – Llampec (UK)

Faro (Lighthouse), born 10th June 1996

Love at second sight

When I first saw Faro (at that time he was fifteen years old) nearly seven years ago, I noticed a horse that snapped a little bit at another horse that was also waiting to be brushed. He was not nasty – he just needed his own space.

During our trail ride I was deeply impressed because he was so relaxed and levelheaded. On the second day, I fell in love with Faro in an instant and we really connected. Maybe it was when he rubbed his head on me while I untacked him (I know you should not let the horses do this because we are supposed to be showing them who is the boss, but I did anyway). Perhaps it was also his absolute reliability and his loving character. I quickly knew that I wanted to provide Faro a comfortable retirement home.

Thanks to all of you; especially to Niki, Dani and Rudi, on the 24th September 2011 I was offered the most wonderful present in my life: Rudi brought Faro to me!

In the first few months, Faro did not want to leave the yard on his own. He did not trust me (why would he, he barely knew me?), he stayed with the herd, became friends with a Friesian and played beautifully with him. Many times, I came to the riding stables and I would not see a flea-bitten grey, but a black and brown horse that has been rolling in the mud again.

Now after six and a half years: Faro is still frequently brown. Nothing changes! He is now twenty-one and a half years old, but still a complete rascal. He is playful with his friends, uses our walks to try all of the tasty plants in the woods and we go on hacks all by ourselves. He is my soulmate, my lighthouse, my greatest treasure. He has a delightful character, he surprises me over and over again, he makes me laugh and he knows my weaknesses without ever taking advantage of them. Being with him brings great joy to my life, no matter whether I just look at him, smell his beautiful furry nose, go for a walk with him or ride him. Faro is simply best thing to ever have happened to me in my life!

Angela & Codul (France)

For a variety of reasons, I never wanted my own horse – but now Codul is part of my life. I met him back in 2006. He was one of the first horses that Rudi had bought for Panorama-Trails ….. one of the founding members, so to speak.

Since November 2013, he has spent his well-deserved early retirement with my sister and my brother-in-law in Normandy in France at their Equestrian Centre. Unfortunately, I could not finance any lodging for him in Hamburg, so this seemed like a good alternative!

He does not participate in the daily riding activities there, but he certainly adds a bit of charm to the place! Several times a year, I spend a couple of weeks with him and the other twenty horses there and we are always ‘en route’ enjoying the outdoors!

Codul (Cody) is a complete professional and on our hacks, I can rely on him one-hundred percent. We take it easy (both of us have grown older), but a little canter is always a possibility. He particularly loves the bright green grass in the Normandy countryside.

When he is boisterous from time to time, we ask him if he would like to return to Rudi and to his work in the Pyrenees?! He responds with an uncomprehending glance …

If you would like to discover the Norman lowlands: www.leschevauxdesaintvictor.fr

Castaño, Chupito and Esperanza & Sonja and Ingrun

Castaño and Chupito arrived in Germany together, in summer 2012. Both got used to their new life very well, although there is quite a contrast between Catalonia and the Ruhr district of Germany. Only the frequent rain and the German winters are not really to Castaño's taste.

Chupito enjoys the long paths in forest where he can do what he loves most: run! To us, the two are just the perfect horses for riding in the country: very safe but never boring - always full of energy and with their own ideas! They truly deserve their nickname "Los Locos".

In October 2015 Esperanza (nickname "Etzel") joined them, making the "Locos - Trio" complete. Right from the beginning, our "pretty boy" knew how to impress everyone at the stable (including the mares!) with his charm and good looks and acquired a large group of fans.

The three live in a bigger herd and go outside with us regularly. We (Ingrun, Sonja and the three Locos) are already looking forward to going on longer rides again in springtime!

Claudia & Tizón (Germany)

Claudia & Tizón

At the end of October 2016, I travelled to Catalonia for the fourth time to go on a trail ride with Rudi. It was my second Pirates Trail. As always, I allowed Rudi to surprise me and choose my horse for me; this time it was Tizón! Back then, Tizón was rather new at Panorama Trails and this was his first tour in the mountains. Rudi asked me if I would like a challenge and to have the honour of going with him on his first mountain tour! Of course, I said yes! This is how it all started ......

HE was simply fantastic (using Rudi´s words). Super soft to ride, responsive and he reacted sensitively to my needs. Considering his young age, he was very brave, confident and interested in everything around him. At the time of the trail, I was going through a difficult phase in my life and the ´little black one´ – as I used to call him – brought me so much joy, he was the greatest pleasure! During the trail, he helped me to forget all about my worries at home and turned out to be exactly what I needed during that moment in time!

To question my feelings for him again, I did two more trails in April and October 2017 (living beyond my means a bit, I must say!). On these occasions, I did not want to be surprised with a new horse – I only wanted Tizón 😄 I had him on both trail rides and quickly fell in love with him all over again :)😄

On the 29th October 2017 following my trail, I decided to be brave and bite the bullet. Unbelievably, Rudi and I shook hands; he had decided to give Tizón to me, I had bought him, and he was all mine! Tizón – my buddy, my partner and so much more!

After that, everything happened rather quickly. Rudi was planning to go to the “Pferd & Jagd” (Horse & Hunting) trade fair in Hannover, Germany and he suggested to bring him there himself. Rudi handed him over to me at a riding stables near Hannover, six weeks after my Bandits Trail on the 6th December 2017 (the best Christmas present in the world!). I let MY little black one stay there overnight, because we could not have reached our final destination that day. The next morning, we loaded him into a trailer for the last 450km of the journey. Unfortunately, we had a few issues and had to find emergency accommodation 30km from Tizón’s new home! A storm was coming, and for safety reasons, it was prohibited to transport cars with trailers: the car shuttle simply would not take us on our way!

Tizón’s new home is situated in the northernmost part of Germany, on the island of Sylt. It can only be reached by ferry or car shuttle. After a night in a box at Friedrich-Wilhelm-Lübke Koog, we reached Morsum on Sylt on the 8th December 2017! Tizón was not a big fan of the ferry passage because he was facing backwards. Sometimes he was nervous and galloping on the spot! Tizón’s new home is right behind my house in an outdoor stable. I already have two horses (a 24-year-old mare and a 25-year-old gelding; both of whom have been with me since they were foals). They are now retired, and my new youngster Tizón is the third in the group. Initially separated and slowly getting used to each other, step by step my little herd is coming together! Three days after his arrival, winter arrived immediately, and it was snowing …. a bit of a culture shock for the Catalan! He reacted in the same way that he had on the trails when I came to know and love him; up for anything, he overcame any difficulty! His curiosity and sociable character were his advantages in the herd. Friends of mine told me that I should not cross Tizón and ruin our relationship – as this bold horse would declare his independence 😄.

I was not looking for a new horse, but as any animal lover will know when you meet that special one you cannot say no: I had found Tizón and Tizón had found me!

For many years, I have meticulously ridden dressage on warmbloods, a couple of years later I ended up in endurance races, and when my hoses became too old for the sport, we simply went on hacks. For several years, I went on trail rides in many places around the world – 6 of them with Panorama Trails in Catalonia, 3 of them on Tizón. I am not completely sure what I am planning to do with him now and where our path together will lead, but I know for sure that I am looking forward to having a great time with him. Together, we will develop something special, and one thing is certain: it’s going to be good!

Thank you to everyone who has encouraged and supported me and helped me to realise my dream – I am truly grateful! A special thank you to Daniela and of course, how could I forget, to Rudi! A million thanks to you all!

Katja – Gandalfo & Paquito (Germany)

Katja & Gandalfo

On my very first trail with Panorama-Trails I met Gandalfo and: What can I say, it fell in love on the first ride. He gave me so much security for my first trail that I somehow fell in love right away. So, it happened that I rode Gandalfo on every trail again. At some point the day had come when I took heart and asked Rudi if I could take Gandalfo to Germany. And so, it came about that Dalfo was soon in Germany with me. We have always been hacking a lot in the field, because a trail horse is finally made for it. Unfortunately, Gandalfo has left us over the rainbow bridge and is now grazing in heavenly pastures. He will always be in my heart.

Katja & Paquito

Sometimes you have to be forced to your luck. Actually, I did not want a horse anymore, but then came Paquito. After I got home from the trail, I could not get him out of my head. With some support from others, the sweet Paquito came to me in summer of 2014. He is an extraordinary horse, somewhere between genius and insanity, and he is a great teacher to help me to improve on horseback. We deal a lot with academic riding, which benefits his gymnastics very much. The former trail horse is very motivated and very eager to learn. Of course, we also like hack and enjoy long rides. Whether Extreme Trail Park or Trail Parcours, he is fearless and masters everything with flying colours. At the moment we are slowly approaching to working equitation. Who knows, maybe the former trail horse will become a tournament horse? But the most important is that we enjoy it together and that we always have variety.

Kati – Gonzi (Spain)

Kati & Gonzi

I met the cheeky Gonzalez through my friend Daniela, who works with Panorama-Trails. Daniela brought me back to riding after five years without an own horse. After our first ride I was totally blown away by this little guy who had taken my heart by storm. Only a short time later Gonzi moved to our stables and I would not give him back for any money! Gonzi is a real cuddly bear and knows exactly what he wants! But he has a big heart and took off the fear of many horses being a perfect teacher, because he always remains calm and confident in all situations. So, our rides together are always fun and I can enjoy our time together to the fullest! I can always rely on Gonzi!

Nicole – Marinero (Austria)

Nicole – Marinero

It was in summer 2013 when I saw Marinero for the first time and I already knew that he would be my absolute dream horse.

We rode about 100 km through Catalonia and I fell more and more in love with this gelding. Back at home, I could not get him out of my head. In the fall, I visited him again and made the purchase clear. In spring 2014, the Spaniard arrived very fit and happy in Austria. He settled down within a few days and since he is generally a well treatable horse, he got along with my other horses fastly - on the third day all grazed peacefully on the paddock.

Marinero is an all-rounder - regardless of whether it's riding, dressage, working equitation, orienteering or endurance riding, this horse cuts a fine figure everywhere - for example, in 2014 we won the "newcomer title" in Austrian Distance Riding.

At the moment we just enjoy hacking - even without a saddle no problem - and we do some training for gymnastics. This gelding is just such a straightforward, friendly and intelligent horse who still has a healthy dose of temperament and I really appreciate that. I hope that he accompanies me for a long time by my side and I am afraid of the day when this will not be so, because such a horse will not cross my path twice.

Romany & Rodeo (UK)

Romany & Rodeo

I met Rodeo at Panorama-Trails about 10 years ago. He was a great little trail riding horse – small, fast and safe, just what I asked for.

He’s lived in the UK for 7 years now and I love him dearly. He’s a very intelligent horse who loves his food, which makes it quite a challenge to keep his weight down. He’s surrounded by luscious green grass and tasty hay and he’ll make every effort to get more than his share. He’s quite cheeky at times and has a mind of his own, but everybody loves him.

He’s retired from riding now so my focus is to keep him healthy and happy in his older years.