Paul has spent his life breeding and training dressage horses in England. He is now retired and lives in a finca in Mallorca where he trains his horse Bandarin for fun and occasionally competes.
At Hipica Formentor, based near Sa Pobla (Majorca), horses are kept in as near a natural state as possible. This means that the twenty-seven mares and geldings that owner Lorenzo Crespi manages live out all the year round in an unsegregated herd, unshod and free to move around the two hectares that comprise Hipica Formentor. Lorenzo, with twenty-five years of managing horses in this fashion, explains his management practice as follows.
The natural habitat of horses is hard, firm ground over which they roam and which ensures that their hooves are kept in shape by natural wear. Although the horses at Hipica Formentor cannot obviously roam as widely as horses in the wild, their constant use for trekking (averaging twenty-five kilometres a day) keeps their hooves in shape and avoids the shrunken frogs and contracted heels that can be seen on so many shod horses.