SOLD: Beautiful blue-eyed registered paint mare

We are delighted that Lakota has found a wonderful match in her new partner, Mindi. Lakota will be going on mountain trails, with pack mule in tow, and also working cattle. She’s going to love it! — LUCKY LAKOTA BLUE is a 10-year-old, 15hh, registered paint mare. She was started using natural horsemanship methods on the ground and in…

Halloween Playday

Thank you to all our volunteers and families who made the Halloween Playday a success!  

Fun with focus, focus with fun

Games are not just for youth camp. In a recent lesson with Barbara and Regina, I set up three barrels, made a loop out of a lead rope in the middle of the triangle, tossed in a few carrot sticks, and then explained the rules. We started off simple: Go to the first barrel, pick up a…

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…

Chandra’s first ride under saddle

Here’s an unedited three minutes of the kind of first ride under saddle that we like to see. This is my intern Maddy Baker on Chandra, a young Arabian mare who is sweet, playful, and dominant. Chandra’s first ride under saddle was a pleasant experience for both horse and rider. And isn’t that the goal, not just…

Playtime with Lakota

This video of Lakota’s progress illustrates the importance of playing with horses on the ground in addition to riding them. Can you see how the relationship at liberty has a direct connection to the relationship under saddle?

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).

Meet Finnigan

Finnigan is a four-month-old American Spotted Draft colt who already stands taller than most ponies and who weighs in at almost 500 pounds. He and Kim have spent the past couple of weeks playing the Parelli seven games, relaxing in the shade, and sharing fresh water. This video documents the first four months of Finn’s…