THE TEAM

Horses of Taiga, that’s us: Floriane and Michael – or Flo and Micke as they call us.

We have worked together for several years already and we really enjoy the team work, both with each other and with the horses !

Floriane

Floriane has always been fond of horses. She started riding in her home country, in France, when she was 6 years old, and hasn’t stopped ever since!

Her first job, when she was 16, was already with horses. She spent her summer holidays riding and taking care of the horses for a famous leisure park. For 5 years, she was also a volunteer rider for the night show there.

After her studies she flew to Finland, where she found her calling in life: guiding. Indeed after accompanying a few groups for a hike or to observe bears in the wilderness, she came to like entertaining and making people discover the beauty of nature a lot. So it was time she realized one of her childhood dreams: working with sled dogs in Finnish Lapland.

After a long winter season, it was time to realize another dream. Still guiding – this is definitely what she wants to do – but this time in Iceland, with horses. In the South of the country, she discovered the Icelandic horse and all its characteristics. That is also where she met Michael. Together they decide to move to North Iceland and work for another horse riding tour company, in which Floriane was responsible for the stables. A wonderful adventure that will lead to another: Sweden and Horses of Taiga!

Michael

Little, Michael has always dreamt of being a chef. And that dream came true as soon as he finished school. First at a hotel’s restaurant, life then lead him to his aunt’s Icelandic horse farm. There he cooks for the guests but also guided short riding tours and took care of the horses. The farrier there was used to shoe horses in Iceland during summer. That was Michael’s next destination.

In Iceland, Michael truly becomes multi-talented, as the tough Icelandic lifestyle requires. He was still a cook and a guide, but also a bus driver, and got more and more comfortable in shoeing horses. It is of course without talking about all the necessary tasks required when you work with animals: building fences, taking care of all kinds of equipment, renovating building… He enjoyed the diversity of work there for almost seven years, sometimes coming back to Sweden in between, when the Icelandic winters slow down the tourist season. In his home country he got to cook for various kinds of guests such as school children and members of a golf club.

After meeting Floriane in the South he of course also moved to the North and enjoyed the multi-tasking a lot there too. And gets a new dream: his own farm in the North of Sweden!