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…

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. ┬áIf Janet tried to mount now, he might not be able to stand still for it. He might even walk away without…

Horses enjoying the beautiful December weather

Crisp sunny days and cold clear nights mean no mud and plenty of time for sunbathing in the turnout. From left to right: Salsa, Parker, Wesley, Dave, Hermoso If you’d like to schedule lessons over the holidays, please call as soon as possible so we can coordinate around travel schedules. You can reach me at…

The new footing is here

Around this time of year I order new gravel for the driveways and new footing for the horse pens. The covered arena is getting a makeover as well, to ensure a good surface and drainage for lessons throughout the winter. This load of crusher dust is going into the Silo Pen: Stu getting ready to…

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?

Preparing for the Trail

I’ve spent the past couple of weeks preparing the horses — and the humans — for trail rides. My trail tune-up program includes playing with ditches, jumps, brush piles, trailers, bicycles, pedestrians, plastic milk bottles, and all kinds of other fun things in the arenas and around the ranch. You never know what you’ll run…

Breakfast: It’s the most important meal of the day

Horses in residence at EPI receive their supplements with their breakfasts. Their supplements range from a daily scoop of Platinum to specialized formulas for joint care, skin and coat condition, and hoof support. Any medications are also given at this time. To ensure that the right breakfast gets to the right horse, our ranch manager…

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…