Youth students help youth horse build confidence

This month’s Horsemanship Club included helping Toby build his confidence in his environment. Toby is a Welsh pony cross, not quite two years old, with much to experience in the world. Toby’s owner Tammy brought him out to meet the youth students on Horsemanship Club day. Then the students got into a line and walked, skipped,…

Trail preparations are in full swing

Several of the adult students are working to build confidence, communication, and connection with their horses in anticipation of hitting the trails later this year. We’ve held group lessons to practice riding in different orders, maintaining appropriate distance between horses, and developing their horses’ confidence within and away from the group. In private and semi-private…

Thank you for making our Open House such a success!

We loved meeting new people and spending time with our students and their friends and families — and it was a blast to see our students showcase their horsemanship in front of a live, enthusiastic audience. Thank you Jessica Annalee Photography for the beautiful photos of the event and letting us make a slideshow out…

SOLD: Bay tobiano pony ready for ambitious intermediate rider

Ivey is is 13 hands, 680 pounds, 10 years old. $800. She has done Pony Club, jumping, trails, and lessons with kids and adults. She has been ridden English and western, with and without a bit. She has Natural Horsemanship training. She will go all day and would be best suited for an ambitious intermediate rider interested in…

“Can you…?”

This morning’s group lesson played the “Can you…?” game. Can you move your horse sideways without moving your feet? Can you pick up all four feet from one side of the horse? What about from the other side? Can you lead your horse backwards by the tail? Can you send your horse into the trailer? The “Can…

Students learn cooperation, communication, and leadership at Youth Camp

Photos from last week’s youth camp! The students think they are learning how to stay safe and have fun with horses — and they are. But they are also practicing important life skills like cooperation, communication, empathy, leadership, and problem-solving. We played with the ponies on the obstacle course, learned how to identify different horses in the…

A little bit about bits

One thing you’ll see here at the ranch is people riding in halters instead of bridles. This is not because we have anything against bridles. Rather, we use the halters with rope reins to help the students learn how to use their hands softly and politely. Most humans have a natural tendency to grip, grab, or move…

Lucia helps Tessa maintain gait at the halt

At the end of Lucia’s lesson, Lucia noticed that Tessa the pony was trying to go to her food before Lucia released her to do so. Lucia practiced helping Tessa maintain her responsibility to stand still until Lucia said she could have her food. When Tessa stood still, Lucia gave her a loose rein and…

Trail preparation with Cool

I ponied Cool on the trail last week and he did great! He stayed behind Dave for most of the 2-hour ride. We went through a creek and over two wooden bridges. Bikes, strollers, runners and other horses passed by and he was very calm. In the creek he was very curious, nosing through the water,…

Learning the Flying Dismount

The Flying Dismount is fun to do and fun to watch, and what’s more, you don’t have to be a professional vaulter or spectacularly athletic to learn how to do it. Here is Elizabeth practicing a Flying Dismount at the trot during the June 2014 youth summer camp: [vimeo http://vimeo.com/99164977] We teach this move for several reasons, but most…

Photo Gallery: School’s out and horse camp is IN!

Just how much fun can you have with a horse? Sign up for our youth horsemanship summer camp and find out! Spaces are filling fast for July and August, so please call 530-559-1602 to reserve your spot soon.