Youth learn trail skills with the buddy system [video]

You’ll often see our students riding with a buddy, especially on their first rides out of the arena. A little ground support goes a long way toward helping riders (and horses) build confidence. Plus, it’s just fun to take a herd hike around the ranch.

Focus gives you feel

Some of our advanced adult students worked on their focus in a recent group lesson. This included riding along as if nobody was throwing balls at them or waving pool noodles at their horses. Or bouncing the giant soccer ball. Or flapping a tarp and doing jumping jacks. When the riders focused on their destination…

Building curiosity and confidence with Inflatable Flamingo

River, Rockstar, and Regina enjoyed some liberty time with Inflatable Flamingo. Rockstar had never seen it before, while River was an old pro — this was her third time giving it a ride. How do your horses do with unusual objects? Our program helps you learn how to develop your horses’ curiosity and to be…

Youth field trip to the trail

Our youth students have put a lot of dedication and effort into developing their horsemanship this year. They put it to the test on the trail and everyone did great! They learned how to prepare their horses emotionally, physically, and mentally for the trail. They learned how to pack the trailer with all of the…

Horsing around outside the arena

Our trail preparation lessons aren’t just for trail riders. Getting out of the arena is important for all equine pursuits — and if you put the relationship first, the outside playtime will improve your arena skills as well. Our ranch offers a safe and controlled environment in which to explore different terrain, choreograph new patterns,…

Trail readiness lessons for you and your horse

Stay safer and have more fun when you increase confidence, competence, and connection on the trail! Our trail readiness lessons take advantage of our arena obstacles and the varied terrain on our ranch. Contact Erin at (530) 559-1602 or murphy-erin@comcast.net to schedule your sessions. What we do depends on you, your horse (or your lesson…

Reserve your spot in youth summer program

Youth program meets Mondays in July! Contact Lisa Murphy at 530-263-1878 or twequine@gmail.com to reserve your space. Each day includes a variety of activities and may include: Balance exercises Ground play and riding Grooming and caring for horses Unmounted and mounted games Group horsemanship lessons Comparative anatomy Bathing and grooming horses Horsekeeping Play time on the ranch For…

Hayhut, Hayhut, get your Hayhut here

We love these feeders so much, we’ve become a dealer!  The horses love them because it’s so easy to reach the hay, and the large windows still give them a good view of their surroundings. We love them because they seriously reduce wasted hay, they keep the hay contained and clean, and they save us…

Congratulations Nyjah on passing the Parelli Level 1 audition!

Our youth student Nyjah has been awarded her official Parelli Natural Horsemanship Program Level 1. Congratulations, Nyjah! To achieve Level 1, Nyjah had to demonstrate her communication skills, her creativity, and her skill with the 12-foot line and the carrot stick and string. She partnered with her lesson-lease horse Star and sent her video to…

Youth students help youth horse build confidence

This month’s Horsemanship Club included helping Toby build his confidence in his environment. Toby is a Welsh pony cross, not quite two years old, with much to experience in the world. Toby’s owner Tammy brought him out to meet the youth students on Horsemanship Club day. Then the students got into a line and walked, skipped,…

Trail preparations are in full swing

Several of the adult students are working to build confidence, communication, and connection with their horses in anticipation of hitting the trails later this year. We’ve held group lessons to practice riding in different orders, maintaining appropriate distance between horses, and developing their horses’ confidence within and away from the group. In private and semi-private…