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LEARN HERDING TECHNIQUE IN THE HEART OF  TUSCANY

Booking

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Butteri are Italian herdsmen, comparable  to the Argentinian Gauchos or the Camargue’s Guardians.
We could describe the Butteri as a riding shepherd, but it would be inadequate, considering the
important role they have played throughout history

Historically the craft originated in Maremma (Lazio).
It has been kept alive at La Forra for generations, in the higher geographic location: the Valdarno (Tuscany).

Vita da Butteri is a project run by experts whose aim is to show how the horses are not only a strong passion, or for sport, but are real companions in the daily activity with the free roaming cattle.

This is what La Forra develops with skill and life-long dedication:
The daily work with the Maremma livestock continues to respect and honour traditional spirit, technique and rhythms.

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Training

Share the Buttero’s life while riding your own or one of the Farm’s horses. You’ll be guided by the Master Silver Massarenti in order to measure and push your limits forward, experiencing how the feeling you will establish with your horse can be projected into the experience of the daily work of a Buttero.

Depending on the season, we will herd and single out cattle for branding or other veterinary interventions, vaccinate, move the cattle and the Farm’s foals.

All of this requires technique and experience; this is why a group of Butteri along with Silver Massarenti will be guiding you, offering their skills to make the best out of this authentic experience.

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Friday

Arrival and housing of personal horses
3 pm Riding lesson with training techniques, parade lap to reach the pasture, approaching the cattle

8.30 pm Dinner and overnight stay


Saturday

8.30 am Saddle up the horses
9 am a day dedicated to cattle herding begins
1 pm Lunch
3 pm Back to work

8.30 pm Dinner and overnight stay

 

Sunday

8.30 am Saddle up the horses
9 am cattle work and transhumance between two pastures
1 pm Lunch

*It is possible to arrive thursday and leave the following monday

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Who

The workshops profit from the supervision and ideas of Silver Massarenti, international rider, European Dressage champion and master of Cutting in Spain, France and Italy; in order to offer you  the highest level, focused, training.

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Calendar

All year long , one weekend per month following a seasonal program

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15/17OctoberInfo
29/31OctoberInfo
   
   
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Location

Geographical Coordinates: 43.493665 N 11.48876
Agricultural Farm Holidays with an authentic Italian welcome.
Heartwarming Tuscan landscapes to make your stay a great escape from daily life.

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Why

Try the real life of a Buttero through a full immersion into the Italian herding tradition of Maremma.
Tradition that holds the authenticity of the daily life of a working breeding farm.

Loc. La Forra, Via Chiantigiana,
52022 Montegonzi AR, Italy