Wellcome 2022 COURSES !!

With the spring we start Lucy's Courses! At the moment, we leave you the dates for the months of April and May. We will start on April 22 in Navarra and from April 30 in Extremadura, with the Pottokas! Follow us here or on social media for information on upcoming courses.

The courses with the Pottokas combine the theorical bases of Ethology with the detailed observation of the herd, wich lives without human interference in Sierra de Piornal, in Extremadura (Spain). It is a unique opportunity lo let yourself be taught by nature, horses and Lucy in a environment of freedom where you will see the horses play, run and move naturally and in a beautiful envirnonment, such as the Jerte in Spring. Don't miss it!

For more information about this wonderful course, contact pottokasenpiornal@hotmail.com
Stay tuned for the dates of the July courses! More information coming soon...








Writer, ethologist and horse trainer, Lucy has travelled and worked in many countries and equestrian disciplines discovering the easiest, most universally applicable and successful ways of understanding and working with horses.

" To understand an animal's nature you have to see it in its natural state "


Raised among horses and fascinated by animal behaviour from an early age, Lucy studied zoology at University College London, specializing in ethology and neuroscience, before doing postgraduate research in Sussex University, working between times with a variety of trainers. Returning to her native Wales, she had a rather atypical riding centre in Snowdonia, where she began training wild Welsh ponies, became known for her success with “problem” horses, edited a climbing magazine and wrote her first books. Her insight and teaching led to the publication of The Horse´s Mind (1984), a book that pre-dated modern trends and has had enormous influence for its combination of an ethological approach with wide experience gained working in Britain, Ireland, the USA and Portugal.

Apart from writing books and articles and teaching equine ethology in universities in Wales, England, Spain and many Latin American countries, Lucy has been the protagonist of three documentaries: To Ride a Wild Horse (HTV 1984) in which she caught and rode a wild mustang stallion in Arizona; Chamana de Caballos (The Horse Shaman, Catalonia 2002) and Salvajes (Wild Pottokas, Alucina 2017).

Those who watch Lucy working often say she is a horse whisperer, but she is guided by scientific principles: above all, the observation of feral horses.

"To understand horses and their difficulties in our hands, we need to watch them as they really are, without anthropomorphic interpretations and expectations"


To this end, she has studied many populations of feral horses in the Americas and Australia, above all in Venezuela, where for years she ran residential ethology courses. These studies led to Horses In Company (2017) , a book whose evolutionary perspective revolutionizes our view of horse society.

They also convinced Lucy that anybody who wants to understand and work with horses must have the opportunity to observe them in truly natural circumstances. To this end she started the Pottoka Project, in which she released a herd of feral Basque ponies in the mountains of north Extremadura, where she lives. Now, European students, professionals and horse lovers can share and contribute to the ever-expanding understanding that the study of natural behaviour brings.