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Gary has a special way with rare horse breed

HORSE EXPERT: American horse medium and breeder Gary Douglas is in Australia teaching techniques to better people’s lives.
HORSE EXPERT: American horse medium and breeder Gary Douglas is in Australia teaching techniques to better people’s lives. Contributed

RIDING horses is definitely in Gary Douglas's blood.

The Californian horse breeder has been riding since he was two and said he was either "an expert or just an idiot" for owning more than 25 horses in Santa Barbara.

Mr Douglas is passionate for a particularly rare breed, the Costarricense de Paso, which he was introduced to 10 years ago.

They're a really beautiful, large horse. They've got the intelligence that you really want in a horse.

The breed is now available for the first time in Australia through Gympie's Langshaw Stud.

"You don't have to use all the cues you usually do. You never have to use your lower legs to control them," Mr Douglas said.

"You can think at them and they'll do what you ask.

"They're a really beautiful, large horse. They've got the intelligence that you really want in a horse."

The Costarricense de Paso is the end result of two breeds, the Andalusian and the Peruvian Paso.

Mr Douglas said there were only 50 of the breed in America and he owned 25 of them.

The entrepreneur and "horse whisperer" is also co-author of Talk to the Animals, a guide for pet owners to communicate better with animals.

His trip Down Under is to run a number of Access Consciousness classes on the Sunshine Coast.

Mr Douglas is founder of the company.

"Access Consciousness is a set of tools and techniques designed to change whatever isn't working in your life to make it change for the better," he said.

"I've worked with people and horses and taken people who have never been on a horse before and in 15 minutes you'd think they'd been riding their whole life."

For more information on the classes, visit accessconsciousness.com or for more on the stud, visit langshawstud.com.

Topics:  californian horses, costarricense de paso, equestrian, gary douglas


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