What is your focus this winter?

Winter is a good time to play with the “little things” that make so much difference for your horse. Just hanging out together, without a task to perform, gives you both a chance to relax and enjoy each other’s company. Making games that you can safely do in a small area such as the barn…

Trail practice is good for mind and body

During the summer months, we try to get the horses out on the trail a few times a month. For horses that are new to us or worried about things, we start with the trail course here on the ranch. As they get more comfortable with the various obstacles and events they encounter here at…

Trail riding time

Several of our students list trail riding as their favorite equestrian pastime or as their ultimate goal. As the rainy season gives way to summer and fall, we often take our lessons outside the arena and help students (and their horses) develop trail skills. Our ranch provides a number of opportunities to practice the obstacles…

Gift certificates on sale

Through May 31, 2020, we are offering a 10% discount on gift certificates. For example, a $100 gift certificate is currently on sale for $90. These gift certificates can be redeemed for any of our services in the future — lessons, camps, horse development, clinics, etc. They are available in any amount, and can be…

No ropes? No problem!

Pat Parelli says that when you take off the halter and lead, what remains is the truth. “Liberty” is the practice of engaging with horses without the aid of ropes or halters. If your horse decides they don’t want to be with you, well, you can’t make them do it. You have to learn to…

You’re not too unfit, too old, or too ‘newbie’ for horsemanship

If you’ve always been interested in horses but hesitant about whether it’s “okay” to reach out … now’s the time. We can’t think of a better way to get fresh air, healthy movement, and a total mind-body-spirit uplift than playing with horses. Of course, as life-long horse lovers, we’re biased. But that doesn’t make us…

SOLD: Grand Prix Dressage Bloodlines, Presence, A+ Personality

Dorian Black aka “Hank” Imported Hanoverian gelding $18,500 Dauphin (Donnerhall/Feiner Stern) x  Esprentina NPF (Sir Oldenburg/Florestan) Contact seller at 530-818-9118 (ask for Nell) Hank’s pedigree is studded with Grand Prix dressage and Olympic medal winners.   Imported in-utero from Canada. Born 4/16/2018, Black with star, snip and 4 white socks. He is currently 16 hands, 960 pounds…

A program for horse lovers

One of the things people love about our program is that we celebrate all aspects of the horse, not just riding. Our students learn how to care for horses physically, mentally, and emotionally. They learn how to listen to horses, how to understand horses, and how to interact with horses in a way that promotes…

Nakota’s Story

Nakota is a 21-year-old black-and-white Spotted Saddle Horse. He is very special to the horses on the ranch, the staff and to the students who enjoy learning from him. From trauma to trust Nakota came into my life 16 years ago when one of my students purchased him from a horse dealer in Northern California….

A matter of tack

You’ve probably noticed in our photos and videos that our students ride in various kinds of tack. On any given day you’ll see us using bareback pads, English saddles, dressage saddles, Western saddles, endurance saddles, hybrid saddles, and sometimes nothing at all — just the warm, soft back of the naked horse. We ride in…

What kind of riding do we do?

We often get this question when new students find us online or come to the ranch for a tour. Typically, they are asking if we do “Western” or “English.” Sometimes experienced horse people ask us if we teach a sport or discipline, such as reining or jumping or cowboy dressage. The answer is – we…