Mellow obstacle lesson before it gets too hot

Our Saturday group lesson played with precision obstacles in the shade of the covered arena this morning. We set up a water station where horses and humans could get a drink and a refreshing spray from the hose as needed. We set up puzzles that required thoughtful solutions, rather than a lot of physical exertion….

Youth Summer Program 2021

Erin and Lisa are teaming up to provide an awesome horse camp experience this year! There will be a mix of riding and non-riding activities, using both arenas and the entire ranch property, and it’s going to be a lot of fun. This is horse camp, not horse homework, after all. (Of course, our students…

New! Back Stage Pass Events Added to Our Program

We have added a new feature to our horsemanship program: the Back Stage Pass. This monthly event gives students an opportunity to learn about how we help horses develop the skills they need to be great equine partners. Topics include working with a green horse for the first time, building confidence with the trailer, introducing…

Happy Horsey Holidays and New Year

We would like to thank our instructors, staff, and students for prioritizing health and safety in 2020 and beyond. Our program has always focused on safety, so that you can have fun and achieve extraordinary results with your horse. We also emphasize the importance of having a plan but staying flexible enough to adapt to…

What is your focus this winter?

Winter is a good time to play with the “little things” that make so much difference for your horse. Just hanging out together, without a task to perform, gives you both a chance to relax and enjoy each other’s company. Making games that you can safely do in a small area such as the barn…

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…

No ropes? No problem!

Pat Parelli says that when you take off the halter and lead, what remains is the truth. “Liberty” is the practice of engaging with horses without the aid of ropes or halters. If your horse decides they don’t want to be with you, well, you can’t make them do it. You have to learn to…

A matter of tack

You’ve probably noticed in our photos and videos that our students ride in various kinds of tack. On any given day you’ll see us using bareback pads, English saddles, dressage saddles, Western saddles, endurance saddles, hybrid saddles, and sometimes nothing at all — just the warm, soft back of the naked horse. We ride in…

What kind of riding do we do?

We often get this question when new students find us online or come to the ranch for a tour. Typically, they are asking if we do “Western” or “English.” Sometimes experienced horse people ask us if we teach a sport or discipline, such as reining or jumping or cowboy dressage. The answer is – we…

Youth learn trail skills with the buddy system [video]

You’ll often see our students riding with a buddy, especially on their first rides out of the arena. A little ground support goes a long way toward helping riders (and horses) build confidence. Plus, it’s just fun to take a herd hike around the ranch.

Focus gives you feel

Some of our advanced adult students worked on their focus in a recent group lesson. This included riding along as if nobody was throwing balls at them or waving pool noodles at their horses. Or bouncing the giant soccer ball. Or flapping a tarp and doing jumping jacks. When the riders focused on their destination…