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…

Quest learns about the trailer

One of the keys to helping a horse accept the trailer is to play in and around the trailer without making it a big deal. For example, I will ignore the open trailer gate and play with the horse somewhere in the vicinity, then maybe have the horse touch the side of the trailer with…

Creativity with a cart

Natural horsemanship provides a foundation of mutual trust, communication, and respect, supporting just about any activity or sport you want to do with your horse. This video shows some of the fun I had with Dave, my Quarter Horse/Welsh pony cross, and two of the horses here for development, Devon (Fresian) and Hermoso (Peruvian Paso).

The making of the ReinStorm demo

A few people have asked me how we developed our horses for the demo that we put on at this year’s Nevada County ReinStorm. (Click here for video of the demo.) We had about a month to pull it all together, so the first thing we did was meet a few times without our horses,…

September instructional trail ride schedule

Gain confidence for horse and rider as you take to the trails with a small group of natural horsemanship practitioners. (Click here for more information about instructional trail rides.) We ride in different areas of Nevada County, exploring bridges, creeks, historical buildings, meadows, and — sometimes — lakes: Each trail ride starts at 9am, lasts…