Call to schedule Instructional Trail Rides

Learn trail safety and skills with our instructional trail rides. These rides last about 2 hours and take place on the beautiful trails here in Nevada County. Call 530-559-1602 to schedule or see our Instructional Trail Rides page to learn more. If you or your horse are not quite ready for the trail, no worries —…

Playing with horses in their own space

I have recently been playing with my horses in their pasture, taking advantage of the natural obstacles to challenge our communication skills and increase our mutual trust. We have walked and trotted sideways over logs and creeks, squeezed between tree trunks and under a tarp, practiced traveling circles on a point-to-point course, and more. The…

Move over, Boys of Summer: here come the Fillies of Fall

River, Centella, and Persia are all being started this fall/winter season. We took advantage of the nice weather to take a field trip around the ranch. All three were interested in the pigs, so we paused outside the pen for a while to get used to them. The female pig, Smuckers, actually came charging up…

Photos: Preparing Centella and Finn for Halloween

We have been playing with Centella, our yearling Andalusian, and Finn, our American Spotted Draft foal, to prepare them for the costumes they will wear at tomorrow’s Halloween playday. We aren’t using the actual costume pieces yet in these photos, but simulating the look and feel with items they are already familiar with or that…

Video: Centella from birth to four months

I know this video is a little bit long for web attention spans (almost seven minutes), but I could not bear to leave anything out — not even the still photos, which show her beautiful sire and dam and those first few weeks of Centella’s life. Centella has grown and learned in so much in…

Two new arrivals: Salsa and Centella

In the past few weeks, two new arrivals have joined us here at EPI. Centella (“spark of light”) is four-month-old Andalusian filly who is as inquisitive, brave, and beautiful as her name suggests. She is all legs and curiosity, with a natural sensitivity and lightness, and I am very excited to be starting her from…

August Instructional Trail Rides Series

I have eight instructional trail rides scheduled for August. Wednesday, August 5th:  Empire Mine Friday, August 7: Empire Mine Monday, August 10: Empire Mine Thursday, August 13: Lone Grave Tuesday, August 18: Lone Grave Thursday, August 20:  Loney Meadow Monday, August 24: Empire Mine Thursday, August 27: Skillman All rides begin at 9am. Email to…

Instructional Trail Rides July 22 & 23

This week’s instructional trail rides schedule: Wednesday, July 22, Skillman Thursday, July 23, Empire Mine All rides begin at 9am. Email to reserve your space and get specific directions to the meeting site. Rate for instructional ride: $75 Instructional trail rides last about two hours and take place in Nevada County. These rides are designed…

The class takes a trail ride

I led our first instructional trail ride of the season last week. This is me on Dave in the lead, followed by Star (being ponied — she’s not missing a rider!), then Kim on Riley, and then you can just see Nakota’s ears in the lower right. Tamara is not in the shot because, well,…