The new cat lounge — er, HAY — has arrived

Some people get pizza delivered right to their front doors. Some have gourmet coffee shipped overnight from Amazon. What do we get? About 50,000 pounds of quality grass hay — a little over 500 bales — enough to feed the horses, donkeys, and pigs for about 6 months. All of this hay is from a…

Slideshow: Day 2 of Kids’ Camp

“What did you learn today?” Mimi asked. Mimi had arrived to pick up her niece Keira, who was resting in the shade with Emma after a hot morning of equestrian pursuits. “Everything!” replied Keira with a grin. Emma and Mimi laughed and the three shared a knowing grin, the universal recognition of horse-crazy girls of all…

First lesson with a new horse

Yesterday we had a two-hour lesson with Stacy and Adrian and their new horse, a Tennessee Walking Horse mare named Sunni. It was my first time playing with Sunni, although Stacy and Adrian have been playing with her at home, both on the ground and in the saddle. Many of our activities were diagnostic, seeing…

Lesson: Standing still for mounting

Janet and Parker warmed up by playing games on the ground, and then headed over to the mounting block to start a riding lesson. Parker was distracted at first, and not standing squarely.  If Janet tried to mount now, he might not be able to stand still for it. He might even walk away without…

Riding lessons: The power of focus

One of the keys to a successful ride is staying focused. Our horses will follow a powerful focus — and if we aren’t focused, they will focus for us, which might or might not result in the ride we expected. In this lesson with Stacy and her horse Wesley, we started by playing on the…

Horses enjoying the beautiful December weather

Crisp sunny days and cold clear nights mean no mud and plenty of time for sunbathing in the turnout. From left to right: Salsa, Parker, Wesley, Dave, Hermoso If you’d like to schedule lessons over the holidays, please call as soon as possible so we can coordinate around travel schedules. You can reach me at…

Move over, Boys of Summer: here come the Fillies of Fall

River, Centella, and Persia are all being started this fall/winter season. We took advantage of the nice weather to take a field trip around the ranch. All three were interested in the pigs, so we paused outside the pen for a while to get used to them. The female pig, Smuckers, actually came charging up…

The new footing is here

Around this time of year I order new gravel for the driveways and new footing for the horse pens. The covered arena is getting a makeover as well, to ensure a good surface and drainage for lessons throughout the winter. This load of crusher dust is going into the Silo Pen: Stu getting ready to…