Trail preparations are in full swing

Several of the adult students are working to build confidence, communication, and connection with their horses in anticipation of hitting the trails later this year. We’ve held group lessons to practice riding in different orders, maintaining appropriate distance between horses, and developing their horses’ confidence within and away from the group. In private and semi-private…

On pattern in the group lesson

One of our group lessons this week featured our interns Jan and Lisa BB (aka BB) and our working student Jessica. We played with patterns — a figure 8 the size of the entire arena — and ground poles and practiced transitions between the gaits. SPOILER ALERT! DO NOT READ ON IF YOU’VE NOT WATCHED…

Youth Natural Horsemanship Summer Program Schedule 2017

Mark your calendars and reserve your space now for the Youth Natural Horsemanship Summer Program — hands-on horsemanship for ages 5 to 15. Contact Lisa Murphy at 530-263-1878 or twequine@gmail.com to register. Our program emphasizes safety and fun in all aspects of playing with horses and handling horses day-to-day. Each day includes a variety of activities and…

Riding lessons: The power of focus

One of the keys to a successful ride is staying focused. Our horses will follow a powerful focus — and if we aren’t focused, they will focus for us, which might or might not result in the ride we expected. In this lesson with Stacy and her horse Wesley, we started by playing on the…

Instructional Trail Ride – Novices Welcome

September 25th, 2010 We will meet at the Empire Mine trail head at 9am. This lesson ride is great for green horses and riders. You may walk or ride your horse on this leisurely trail. We will introduce water, bridges and different types of terrain. Approximately 2 hours of trail time. $75 per person. Spaces…

Trail Ride Lessons for Green Horses (or Riders!)

I am doing two instructional trail rides at Empire Mine for beginners. You can lead or ride your horse on this leisurely trail, and we will introduce water, bridges and different types of terrain. Ride 1: Saturday, July 31st Ride 2: Saturday August 14th Approximately 2 hours of trail time $75 per person Meet at…

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…

Having fun with Dave on the trail

The trails are so beautiful this time of year. Here are a few photos from a recent instructional trail ride in Loney Meadow. (Click the photos to enlarge.) There are four more rides in September — and I promise, we don’t always end up in the water. 9/21 Skillman 9/23 Lone Grave 9/28 Empire Mine…

September instructional trail ride schedule

Gain confidence for horse and rider as you take to the trails with a small group of natural horsemanship practitioners. (Click here for more information about instructional trail rides.) We ride in different areas of Nevada County, exploring bridges, creeks, historical buildings, meadows, and — sometimes — lakes: Each trail ride starts at 9am, lasts…

More to trail lessons than just the trail

Yesterday’s instructional trail ride included a lesson in trailer confidence for one of the students. The horse — Parker — was fine, a veteran of many a trailer journey, but the student was shaking at the prospect of driving the loaded trailer to the trail head. However, she worked with “moving closer and staying longer”…

Lessons in balance

Many thanks to Matea and Kayla for their hard work around the ranch this summer. They cleaned water tubs, scrubbed mats, scooped manure, bathed horses, distributed feed, and donated their considerable energy to getting everything in top shape for fall. Now they are back in school and all the other school-year activities, but they plan…

August Instructional Trail Rides Series

I have eight instructional trail rides scheduled for August. Wednesday, August 5th:  Empire Mine Friday, August 7: Empire Mine Monday, August 10: Empire Mine Thursday, August 13: Lone Grave Tuesday, August 18: Lone Grave Thursday, August 20:  Loney Meadow Monday, August 24: Empire Mine Thursday, August 27: Skillman All rides begin at 9am. Email to…