Guided tour of the Haras d’Ecajeul and tasting

Jean-Luc and Isabelle Bara, owners of Haras d'Ecajeul, organize guided tours inside their premises. For 1 hour and 15 minutes, Jean-Luc guides the visitors through the stables, the meadow and the presentation ring. Then, he meets Isabelle for a snack based on home-made pastries.

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Everything starts in the courtyard with a presentation of the Pays d’Auge and its prestigious breeding territory. Then, Jean-Luc brings the horses out from the boxes to give the public some information about the morphology of equids: muscle size, strength of their forearm muscles and short barrel. Anecdote: Puissant Chef, who won the prestigious Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, and Wordpam, winner of the Grand Prix de Deauville, have been living here. During the guided tour, take a look at the boxes and you’ll see two plates featuring the name of these champions.

He explains the life cycle of horses (servicing, spring birth, training, races), the level of races, the race distances on racecourse, the worldwide circuit, the facilities, the equipment of jockeys, the record books, etc.

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But what is most striking is the whispering technique used by Jean for horse breaking which was made famous by the film “The Horse Whisperer”. It consists in better understanding the behaviour of horses and establishing a relationship with them without any pressure nor violence. Jean-Luc started using this gentle technique in the 2000s, when it started to spread.

The tour ends with a snack made by Isabelle. You can taste it next to the fireplace in winter or in the garden with a view of the horse fields in summer. Isabelle’s leitmotiv is the following: "You're received in the same way as we live".

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Practical information

Price:

  • Adult: €12
  • Children (5 - 12 year-olds): €6
  • Free for under-5 riders

Duration of the guided tour: 1 hour and 15 minutes

Access

The Haras d’Ecajeul is situated on the D16 district road, at the intersection with a traffic sign with number 6 on it.

Haras d'Ecajeul
Le Mesnil Mauger
14270 Mézidon Vallée d’Auge
+33 (0)2.31.63.47.34