A walk full of insights
For several years, Equinestudies has been organising excursions to the Konik horses at Slot Loevestein.
Tanja de Bode leads this excursion and has been administrating these horses for a very long period. Tanja works for the organisation Free Nature.
Free Nature aims to restore European nature on all fronts. Nature development is always custom-made. Even on small surfaces of only a few hectare it is possible to accomplish a lot by, for example, putting in a small group of grazers or allowing space to wind and water. Increasing surfaces create more space for social herds, natural processes, more types of grazers will get a chance and animals are able to migrate between territories.
Managing herds of semi wild horses and cattle is one of the cornerstones of FREE Nature. They provide natural dynamics and play a unifying role between humans, animals and nature. Where rewilded herds appear, they are managed and guided during their process of de-domestication. FREE Nature holds responsibility for its animals.
FREE Natures herds are social herds, with young and older animals, males and females. Births, ranking fights and bull pits are all part of this. Natural grazing with wild animals and rewilded herds are among the natural processes which have formed our landscapes. Many species have co-evolved with grazers like wild horses, deer and aurochs. FREE Natures herds don’t receive preventive medical treatment. This prevents leaching of drugs into our ecosystems. Instead we trust in the resistance of our animals.
Rewilding herds means letting go as much as possible. All within legal frameworks. FREE Nature has the knowledge and skills to provide our animals to live as naturally as possible and still take care of the herds when needed.
In 2015, Sharon May-Davis visited the wild Koniks and became instantly enthousiastic. She had never seen horses that really had these ‘wild’ features. Strikingly, the horses were very symmetrical in their biomechanics. Together with the entire team of Equinestudies we studied these beautiful animals and their way of life, intrigued by the question how they’ve become so symmetrical.
In the same year, Equinestudies has had 2 Konik horses donated by Free Nature and have made some intriguing discoveries. These discoveries will be shared during the excursion.
Subjects in this excursion
- The breed ‘Konik’
- The territory
- Typical features
- Wounds and illnesses
€25,- for the entire walk, tea/coffee included.
Minimum groupsize is 10 persons and maximum is 15 persons.
Location and timeschedule
Date(s): To be announced
when its white from snow.
Location: Parking lot Slot Loevestein
5307 TG, Poederoijen
* times can be adapted upon request