Much fun in Youth Summer Program

Our Youth Summer Program includes a variety of fun activities, on and off the horses. Here are a few pictures from this week’s camp. We’re halfway through the youth summer program — only three sessions left! Mondays July 12, 19, and 26. Learn more on the Youth Summer Program page. Contact us to reserve your…

Youth Summer Program 2021

Erin and Lisa are teaming up to provide an awesome horse camp experience this year! There will be a mix of riding and non-riding activities, using both arenas and the entire ranch property, and it’s going to be a lot of fun. This is horse camp, not horse homework, after all. (Of course, our students…

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…

A matter of tack

You’ve probably noticed in our photos and videos that our students ride in various kinds of tack. On any given day you’ll see us using bareback pads, English saddles, dressage saddles, Western saddles, endurance saddles, hybrid saddles, and sometimes nothing at all — just the warm, soft back of the naked horse. We ride in…

What kind of riding do we do?

We often get this question when new students find us online or come to the ranch for a tour. Typically, they are asking if we do “Western” or “English.” Sometimes experienced horse people ask us if we teach a sport or discipline, such as reining or jumping or cowboy dressage. The answer is – we…

A casual Quest

It was a beautiful day to play outside of the arena! Here are a few snapshots from a recent session with Quest, a 4-year-old Arabian gelding.

Call to schedule Instructional Trail Rides

Learn trail safety and skills with our instructional trail rides. These rides last about 2 hours and take place on the beautiful trails here in Nevada County. Call 530-559-1602 to schedule or see our Instructional Trail Rides page to learn more. If you or your horse are not quite ready for the trail, no worries —…

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…

Working student position available

Working student position available. Learn professional ranch management in a natural environment and earn credit toward lessons or training.

Working student position available

One of our working students will be leaving soon to take a job as a horse wrangler at a guest ranch, which means we will have a position available soon. Our working students help out with all aspects of the ranch, including: feed, water, clean, move horses to turnouts, inspect horses for signs of illness…

Interview: Barbara and Kresege

I have had both Kresege (“kreh SAHSHZ”) and Barbara in development for the past few months. I worked with Kresege both on the ground and mounted; Barbara took her riding lessons on Bautisto. She dedicated herself to improving her balance at all gaits, including a big trot, while Kresege learned about becoming a partner. A…

Fall Special: Discounts on lesson and lesson-lease packages

Fall special lesson and lesson-lease packages are still available. Don’t let the cooler temperature or inevitable rain stop you — we have a covered arena to play in and a microwave for making pre- and post-lesson hot beverages. For more information or to schedule a lesson, call me at (530) 559-1602 or email me at…