Meet the Herd
Our herd is a dynamic mix of humans and horses- all with their own story and unique skills and personalities.
The founders are a husband and wife team who once walked together across fourteen states in the USA- the entire length of the Appalachian Trail, and who've traveled on horseback more than 1000 kilometers across Patagonia. They are both proudly associated members of The Long Riders' Guild. They’re easily enticed by grand adventures that take them far beyond their comfort zones and deep into the unknown.
The horses bring their own adventurous spirits to this herd as well. All seasoned long-distance travelers themselves, these horses have traveled long distances for months at a time, living in partnership with humans and one another. They are a deeply bonded group who have collectively walked across more than 2000 kilometers of Chile. We often laugh and say that it is the horses that manifested us, just so they could finally live together as a united herd.
Synchronicity connected us all, and intention and purpose has inspired us to collaborate through CuraKuda, our greatest adventure yet.
By nature, we were created to be curious explorers.
Co-Founder, Director of Operations
Throughout his life, Alejandro had always led with an adventurous spirit and a resourceful attitude. Growing up in Venezuela, he worked with horses from an early age on his family's ranch. He learned the traditional methods of Venezuelan style horsemanship and often worked the cattle on the ranch. Later in life he began to study the art of natural horsemanship and integrate it into his work with horses. One of his favorite stories to tell is of the time he brought Greta to Venezuela and she was able to live her dream of galloping across the beaches and into the waves.
Alejandro wears more hats for this company than we could possibly describe, but he keeps our operations functioning smoothly and our expeditions fun and creative. He is a certified wilderness first responder and certified swift water rescue.
Greta Franklin Matos:
Co-Founder, Director of Vision & Impact
Greta learned to listen to her heart, and the power of following it, from a very early age. She grew up on a farm in Pennsylvania, USA, where she spent more time on the back of a horse than she did on the ground. Whether she was breeding and training Arabians, rehabilitating traumatized ex-racehorses, teaching horseback riding or trying her hand in the dressage, jumping or barrel racing arenas, her greatest love was always the quiet moments in-between simply being with the horses at liberty, learning their language and natural habits.
Greta holds her Equine Facilitated Learning & Coaching Certification through The Academy for Coaching with Horses and integrates her passion and experience in building regenerative and responsible businesses into all aspects of CuraKuda.
Our Equine Partners
Magic is always unfolding in the presence of horses.
Living in a herd is essential to the wellbeing of a horse. It is in their nature to seek social and emotional companionship of herd life, as well as the safety it brings. This is one of the fundamental reasons our horses live at liberty together as a herd.
Our wise old sage of the herd, Picante is legendary among the gauchos of Patagonia, as well as with children of Pucón.
He is a master of subtle cues, adaptability and displaying courage in the wildest of terrains.
Our regal and steady Salvador always carries himself in a bold, direct and watchful manner.
He is a master of breathing, and sometimes dancing, through discomfort and uncertainty.
Our beautiful Blacky is a bold and confident leader. She always leads with intention and displays her desires without pause.
She is a master of balancing self interest with the interest of the herd, and embracing the leadership role to keep everyone safe.
Zalig el Rey Pinchero
Our highly sensitive and curious Zalig is a quiet companion with an expansive bubble of awareness and connection.
His slow and steady presence grounds the busiest of minds and gentle responsiveness can make time stand still.
Our cat-like Harimau wears his tiger stripes proudly and is a master communicator of boundaries.
His devotion to the herd is powered by resiliency that supports the wellbeing of all; he continuously invites a committed practice of presence and listening.
Our gentle Aysén is a healer who is healing. He seeks safety in relationship and shares a deep bond with Picante.
He is a master teacher of the importance of listening to fear, learning to investigate it, and learning to move through it safely.
Our friendly and nurturing Pichi is always ready for a good stretch, cuddle or mountain climb.
Wherever she goes she leads with wholehearted willing, courage and an encouraging sense of possibility.
Our Origin Story
It all began with an idea, what if we rode horseback across Patagonia? Just a guy and a girl, two dogs, three horses, and 1000 kilometers traversing the wild Patagonian backcountry...