Trail riding time

Several of our students list trail riding as their favorite equestrian pastime or as their ultimate goal. As the rainy season gives way to summer and fall, we often take our lessons outside the arena and help students (and their horses) develop trail skills. Our ranch provides a number of opportunities to practice the obstacles…

Trail ride in the beautiful fall weather

We enjoyed the cooler temperatures and beautiful scenery on a local trail last week in an instructional trail ride. Each horse and human pair practiced riding in different places in the line — front, middle, back — plus water crossings, bridges, strollers, hikers, dog walkers, and more. Judging from the smiles, everyone had a wonderful…

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 —…

It’s time for instructional trail rides

It’s trail season again, and at EPI, that means instructional trail rides are back! For the next six months or so (weather permitting), you can add trail rides to your EPI lesson program. This is a great way to refresh the physical, mental, and emotional connection you have with your horse. We take the time…

EPI Lesson-Lease Program

I’m pleased to announce that the EPI lesson-lease program is back! This program is designed to accelerate your progress in developing the feel, timing, flexibility, and leadership that are the foundation of horsemanship. The intent of a lesson-lease is to give you the time and the tools to progress with a horse without the financial commitments…

Preparing for the Trail

I’ve spent the past couple of weeks preparing the horses — and the humans — for trail rides. My trail tune-up program includes playing with ditches, jumps, brush piles, trailers, bicycles, pedestrians, plastic milk bottles, and all kinds of other fun things in the arenas and around the ranch. You never know what you’ll run…

Instructional Trail Ride – Novices Welcome

September 25th, 2010 We will meet at the Empire Mine trail head at 9am. This lesson ride is great for green horses and riders. You may walk or ride your horse on this leisurely trail. We will introduce water, bridges and different types of terrain. Approximately 2 hours of trail time. $75 per person. Spaces…

Trail Ride Lessons for Green Horses (or Riders!)

I am doing two instructional trail rides at Empire Mine for beginners. You can lead or ride your horse on this leisurely trail, and we will introduce water, bridges and different types of terrain. Ride 1: Saturday, July 31st Ride 2: Saturday August 14th Approximately 2 hours of trail time $75 per person Meet at…

Having fun with Dave on the trail

The trails are so beautiful this time of year. Here are a few photos from a recent instructional trail ride in Loney Meadow. (Click the photos to enlarge.) There are four more rides in September — and I promise, we don’t always end up in the water. 9/21 Skillman 9/23 Lone Grave 9/28 Empire Mine…

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…

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”…

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…