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Meet the Herd

Our entire herd is a mix of dynamic 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 love a grand adventure and seek every opportunity to have a positive impact through their lives and their work.

The horses bring their own adventurous spirits to this herd as well. All seasoned long-distance travelers themselves, these horses have traveled 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.

To say the least, we're a unique and tightly-knit bunch.

 

Our Founders

By nature, we were created to be curious explorers.

 

Alejandro Matos: 

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. His travels in life took him all across the world, as he worked in a variety of fields including sales, marketing and hospitality. When the adventurous opportunities of Chile beckoned, he dove right in.

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. 

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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. After a decade working in the corporate world of sustainability and CSR, she followed her heart back to an adventurous life with horses when she answered the call from Chile. 

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. All of these horses have journeyed from various corners of this long country, simply to be in the company of one another; and when we're lucky, to indulge us with their attentive friendship and powerful presence. 

Picante

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. 

 
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Salvador

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. 

 
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Blacky

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 

Slow and steady

 
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Harimau

Master communicator of boundaries. Endless commitment to the herd

Aysén

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. 

 
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Pichi

Love and nurturing

Willing, courageous and brave