Lusitanos ready for a horseback riding vacation
Horseback riding in Monsanto, Portugal
Our car drove up the country road and stopped outside a closed iron gate leading into a fenced pasture with a couple of horses and a lone donkey grazing in the meadow. We had arrived at Descubra Monsanto a Cavalo or “Discover Monsanto by horse” a riding company owned by Portuguese native José Diogo Castiço. Diogo, with his dark hair and sexy smile, was the Portuguese version of mcdreamy from the television show Grey’s Anatomy.
Returning to Monsanto roots
How did a well educated former executive from Canon camera end up in the small Portuguese village of Monsanto, surrounded by Lusitano horses? “I’m going back to my roots,” said Diogo. “My family has been in Monsanto since 1732. I grew up with horses. I have become full circle with my life with horses.”
Diogo enjoys introducing people to the world of horses. His company, founded in November of 2012, operates on the family property with five Lusitano horses. From 1/2 hour riding lessons to one and two hour horseback rides, with or without a picnic, equestrians and riders without experience are matched to horses and mounted on English saddles.