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…

SOLD: Flashy, sweet Arabian/Paint gelding, 7 years old

Cool Moon – SOLD Contact Mary at¬†530-913-9571 Arabian/Paint gelding 14.3 hands, 850 pounds 7 years old $2600 Registered Half-Arabian Flashy and cute as a button, sweet, curious. Started naturally on the ground and under saddle. Excellent ground manners, trailers, clips, ties. Cool is in training currently and is being developed both in the arena and…

Preparing horses for the trail: ATV time!

We spent some time helping Jordan, Raji, and River get comfortable with the ATV. We allow the horses time to relax around the ATV when it’s not running. We also have them follow the ATV at the walk and trot to help build their confidence — it’s always less frightening when the noisy thing is…

Congratulations to Regina for passing her Parelli Level 2 On-Line audition

Regina and her friends filmed her Parelli audition video with Rockstar a few weeks ago, playing on the 22-foot line with obstacles in the arena.¬†Regina takes lessons at EPI with her three-year-old mare, River, but did her audition with her 12-year-old gelding, Rockstar. The results are in and they passed level 2 in the on-line…

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…

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).

Teaching horses to hold their feet on the hoof stand

I am teaching Rociada to hold her foot on the hoof stand. In this session, she learned to keep her foot on the stand long enough for me to take a few steps away and take pictures. This is a great activity to do when the weather is not conducive to spending long periods of…

Photos: Preparing Centella and Finn for Halloween

We have been playing with Centella, our yearling Andalusian, and Finn, our American Spotted Draft foal, to prepare them for the costumes they will wear at tomorrow’s Halloween playday. We aren’t using the actual costume pieces yet in these photos, but simulating the look and feel with items they are already familiar with or that…