A casual Quest

It was a beautiful day to play outside of the arena! Here are a few snapshots from a recent session with Quest, a 4-year-old Arabian gelding.

Chandra’s first ride under saddle

Here’s an unedited three minutes of the kind of first ride under saddle that we like to see. This is my intern Maddy Baker on Chandra, a young Arabian mare who is sweet, playful, and dominant. Chandra’s first ride under saddle was a pleasant experience for both horse and rider. And isn’t that the goal, not just…

Horses and Hula Hoops

Playing with a hula hoop helps build Quest’s confidence and encourage his curiosity. We played with it moving toward him and away from him, as well as touching him, at rest and while walking around. The hoop can be very interesting for horses, in part because it brings up our own sense of play —…

Developing horse and rider as a team

River is a four-year-old Quarter Horse that Maddy and I have been starting for Regina. Regina has been involved throughout the development process by observing and participating in training sessions, taking lessons, and discussing her goals and River’s progress with me on a regular basis. Regina has recently started riding River on her own, between…

Spring Special: Colt Start

As the weather improves and the youngsters get frisky, it’s a good time to get them enrolled in school and provide a constructive direction for all that energy. The Spring Special colt start program costs $1000 per month. This fee includes board and five training sessions per week. A colt start usually takes two months….

More to trail lessons than just the trail

Yesterday’s instructional trail ride included a lesson in trailer confidence for one of the students. The horse — Parker — was fine, a veteran of many a trailer journey, but the student was shaking at the prospect of driving the loaded trailer to the trail head. However, she worked with “moving closer and staying longer”…

Everyone is learning things

Even with all the excitement of instructional trail rides, the day-to-day learning goes on … Rociada dragged a 12x14ft tarp around the ranch, carrying it to some pipe panels where we could rinse the tarp off. We draped the tarp over the panels to rinse it and then we spread the tarp out on the…

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…