Trail practice at the ranch

We have expanded our trail course recently and have been giving horses (and riders!) a break from the arena. Recently we grouped two green horses with four experienced horses and had a “trail day at home” for the two just starting under saddle.

Mini-donks get creative with the trailer

Our miniature donkeys don’t trailer all that often, so we make a point to play with the trailer now and then to keep their confidence up. Here are some photos showing what pros they are.

Horsemanship and Emergency Preparedness

Recently, we put our emergency preparedness plan into action as a fire started just a few properties up the road. We got all the animals ready to go. Some go into our trailers and some are clipped to a long line so that one person can lead five horses at a time. Luckily for us,…

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….

The Tack Trunk is open for business

Our new tack store, The Tack Trunk, is open for business! We carry horsekeeping essentials such as fly masks, bell boots, grooming supplies, and blankets. For riders, we have breeches, helmets, paddock boots, and other apparel in youth and adult sizes. And of course, new and used tack! We also have EPI t-shirts in many…

By popular request, T-shirts now available

We have T-shirts! Now available in many colors and sizes, in a Unisex Fit and a Women’s Cut. These T-shirts celebrate your love of horses and your dedication to developing equine partnerships through love, communication, feel, and fairness. Our colorful mosaic horse image and the words “Equine Partners, Inc. Natural Horsemanship” appear on the left…

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 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…