Trail practice is good for mind and body

During the summer months, we try to get the horses out on the trail a few times a month. For horses that are new to us or worried about things, we start with the trail course here on the ranch. As they get more comfortable with the various obstacles and events they encounter here at…

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…

Gift certificates on sale

Through May 31, 2020, we are offering a 10% discount on gift certificates. For example, a $100 gift certificate is currently on sale for $90. These gift certificates can be redeemed for any of our services in the future — lessons, camps, horse development, clinics, etc. They are available in any amount, and can be…

You’re not too unfit, too old, or too ‘newbie’ for horsemanship

If you’ve always been interested in horses but hesitant about whether it’s “okay” to reach out … now’s the time. We can’t think of a better way to get fresh air, healthy movement, and a total mind-body-spirit uplift than playing with horses. Of course, as life-long horse lovers, we’re biased. But that doesn’t make us…

Nakota’s Story

Nakota is a 21-year-old black-and-white Spotted Saddle Horse. He is very special to the horses on the ranch, the staff and to the students who enjoy learning from him. From trauma to trust Nakota came into my life 16 years ago when one of my students purchased him from a horse dealer in Northern California….

SOLD: ‘Fergus’ gentle giant trail buddy [Video]

Fergus is a registered Clydesdale gelding, 16 years old, 17 hands, 1500 pounds. $6000 The ultimate husband horse! He is sound, has excellent ground manners and has a gentle presence.  If you are looking for a trail riding/camping buddy he is the best! He is an excellent confidence builder and will take care of a beginner…

SOLD: ‘Juliet,’ a supreme trail horse [Video]

Juliet is a registered Appendix Quarter Horse, 11 years old, 15 hands, 1000 pounds, grey mare. $2,000 Juliet is priced at only $2000 because she is serviceably sound. She has no trouble with walk, trot, or canter on the trail, but she does not prefer circles in the arena. She has a mild intermittent left…

Slide Show: Agility and Rally competition

One thing we loved about the day is how many smiles we saw, and how everyone put their horses first rather than get overly focused on completing a task. That is why students can earn up to 10 points per task for horsemanship, compared to up to 5 points for completing the task. Horsemanship —…

Lesson program Rally, Agility competition in full swing

This year, our youth and adult students have the opportunity to participate in four competitions to put their horsemanship to the test and demonstrate their savvy to family and friends. Here’s how it works. We designed an Agility course and a Rally course, each of which has about a dozen tasks, performed in order with…

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…

Building curiosity and confidence with Inflatable Flamingo

River, Rockstar, and Regina enjoyed some liberty time with Inflatable Flamingo. Rockstar had never seen it before, while River was an old pro — this was her third time giving it a ride. How do your horses do with unusual objects? Our program helps you learn how to develop your horses’ curiosity and to be…

Youth field trip to the trail

Our youth students have put a lot of dedication and effort into developing their horsemanship this year. They put it to the test on the trail and everyone did great! They learned how to prepare their horses emotionally, physically, and mentally for the trail. They learned how to pack the trailer with all of the…