Youth learn trail skills with the buddy system [video]

You’ll often see our students riding with a buddy, especially on their first rides out of the arena. A little ground support goes a long way toward helping riders (and horses) build confidence. Plus, it’s just fun to take a herd hike around the ranch.

Focus gives you feel

Some of our advanced adult students worked on their focus in a recent group lesson. This included riding along as if nobody was throwing balls at them or waving pool noodles at their horses. Or bouncing the giant soccer ball. Or flapping a tarp and doing jumping jacks. When the riders focused on their destination…

Building curiosity and confidence with Inflatable Flamingo

River, Rockstar, and Regina enjoyed some liberty time with Inflatable Flamingo. Rockstar had never seen it before, while River was an old pro — this was her third time giving it a ride. How do your horses do with unusual objects? Our program helps you learn how to develop your horses’ curiosity and to be…

Youth field trip to the trail

Our youth students have put a lot of dedication and effort into developing their horsemanship this year. They put it to the test on the trail and everyone did great! They learned how to prepare their horses emotionally, physically, and mentally for the trail. They learned how to pack the trailer with all of the…

Horsing around outside the arena

Our trail preparation lessons aren’t just for trail riders. Getting out of the arena is important for all equine pursuits — and if you put the relationship first, the outside playtime will improve your arena skills as well. Our ranch offers a safe and controlled environment in which to explore different terrain, choreograph new patterns,…

Thank you for making our Open House such a success!

We loved meeting new people and spending time with our students and their friends and families — and it was a blast to see our students showcase their horsemanship in front of a live, enthusiastic audience. Thank you Jessica Annalee Photography for the beautiful photos of the event and letting us make a slideshow out…

Open House September 23, 2017

You are invited to our free horsemanship demonstration and Open House on Saturday, September 23rd, 2017.  Bring your friends and family! Get a glimpse into the workings of the ranch with a ranch tour and enjoy the horse demonstrations. Schedule of Events The ranch will be open from 9:30am to 1:00pm. The demos start at…

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…

We are looking for lesson horses

A few of our wonderful equine teachers are retiring and we are looking for one or two special partners to bring on board. Our program emphasizes positive relationships and two-way communication between horse and rider, and we take the mental, emotional, and physical happiness of our teaching partners very seriously. We make sure that the…