On pattern in the group lesson

One of our group lessons this week featured our interns Jan and Lisa BB (aka BB) and our working student Jessica. We played with patterns — a figure 8 the size of the entire arena — and ground poles and practiced transitions between the gaits. SPOILER ALERT! DO NOT READ ON IF YOU’VE NOT WATCHED…

Youth Natural Horsemanship Summer Program Schedule 2017

Mark your calendars and reserve your space now for the Youth Natural Horsemanship Summer Program — hands-on horsemanship for ages 5 to 15. Contact Lisa Murphy at 530-263-1878 or twequine@gmail.com to register. Our program emphasizes safety and fun in all aspects of playing with horses and handling horses day-to-day. Each day includes a variety of activities and…

Saddle Fitting Seminar April 29th, 2017

We are hosting a saddle fitting seminar on Saturday, April 29th from 9am to 11am. No horses are required — bring yourself, a notepad, a cup of coffee, and come learn all about saddle fit for the well-being of horse and rider! After the seminar, several horses will be fit to a new or used…

We are looking for lesson horses

A few of our wonderful equine teachers are retiring and we are looking for one or two special partners to bring on board. Our program emphasizes positive relationships and two-way communication between horse and rider, and we take the mental, emotional, and physical happiness of our teaching partners very seriously. We make sure that the…

Youth program Horsemanship Club

The Horsemanship Club meets once a month at the ranch to participate in special activities. In November, the group gave all of the lesson horses and ponies a good bath — the weather was warm and the horses were dirty, so it was a perfect opportunity to play with water. And suds. Lots and lots of…

Congratulations Maddy on your next adventure

The working students gathered today for a brief ice-cream social to say goodbye and good luck to Maddy, who is leaving for Florida to spend some months as a working student with Parelli Professional Micaela Love. Maddy will be working with Micaela at Valhalla Farm, which breeds and trains Warmblood horses for performance in dressage, eventing, and jumping….

SOLD: Bay tobiano pony ready for ambitious intermediate rider

Ivey is is 13 hands, 680 pounds, 10 years old. $800. She has done Pony Club, jumping, trails, and lessons with kids and adults. She has been ridden English and western, with and without a bit. She has Natural Horsemanship training. She will go all day and would be best suited for an ambitious intermediate rider interested in…

“Can you…?”

This morning’s group lesson played the “Can you…?” game. Can you move your horse sideways without moving your feet? Can you pick up all four feet from one side of the horse? What about from the other side? Can you lead your horse backwards by the tail? Can you send your horse into the trailer? The “Can…

Students learn cooperation, communication, and leadership at Youth Camp

Photos from last week’s youth camp! The students think they are learning how to stay safe and have fun with horses — and they are. But they are also practicing important life skills like cooperation, communication, empathy, leadership, and problem-solving. We played with the ponies on the obstacle course, learned how to identify different horses in the…

SOLD: Beautiful blue-eyed registered paint mare

We are delighted that Lakota has found a wonderful match in her new partner, Mindi. Lakota will be going on mountain trails, with pack mule in tow, and also working cattle. She’s going to love it! — LUCKY LAKOTA BLUE is a 10-year-old, 15hh, registered paint mare. She was started using natural horsemanship methods on the ground and in…

PLACED! Halflinger mare available to the right home

Updated 15 May 2016 We are so happy that Daisy is joining Wind Horse Sanctuary in Nevada City, California, to become part of the Epona equine-facilitated learning (EFL) program. The Epona program provides a non-predatory approach to social intelligence, leadership, and self-discovery for humans, through partnership with horses. The Epona Approach (EFL) provides an opportunity for participants to…