HANDING OVER THE REINS
“Now the local children come down to the resort and bring their ponies to show guests pony racing and this gives me so much joy as it is an ideal place for me to start. Many of the children then choose to spend time at the stables and this way I can subtly teach them how to be gentler in their approach. If I can start with the children, I can hopefully bring education to future generations.”
Carol has great pride for the local team that works with Nihi’s horses, and her plan is that over time they take over the day-to-day running of Sandalwood Stables. “It was with this pride in mind – and seeing how well they have progressed – I thought, wouldn’t it be wonderful if one day these guys were managers of the operation and it would become theirs.
“I planted it as a seed initially and they thought I was being sarcastic, but over time they began to understand and I am now on site only every six to eight weeks. The rest of the time they take care of the operation.
“It’s been progressive over the years, but over the last 12 months I have stepped further and further back. I try to stay in the background and I leave the guests to them, unless it is the equine connection therapy [meditation and yoga] – which I run. I probably spend more time training the staff now than the horses and I like to think their gentle ways are taken home with them.”
RELAX IN THE SADDLE
Over the years, Carol has seen a change in the tourists who are coming to Nihi with an interest in the horses. “Increasingly we are seeing more riders visiting as opposed to beach ride beginners, which is exciting as it allows us to expand our amazing trail rides round the island and bring in different elements such as spa rides, picnics and even camp-outs. The healing with horses and yoga and meditation has also attracted a lot more horse-savvy guests and this is great for me as I can now look to build on this area also, which is my absolute passion.” EQ
If you’re dreaming of a holiday in paradise post-Covid restrictions, Nihi Sumba is the perfect place to relax and unwind – whilst also enjoying the company of horses. For more information, please visit the website, nihi.com
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