First lesson with a new horse

Yesterday we had a two-hour lesson with Stacy and Adrian and their new horse, a Tennessee Walking Horse mare named Sunni. It was my first time playing with Sunni, although Stacy and Adrian have been playing with her at home, both on the ground and in the saddle. Many of our activities were diagnostic, seeing…

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…

Lesson: Learning ‘feel’ with Figure 8

Jan and Salsa were having trouble when they played with the Figure 8. Salsa would stop at the barrel instead of going around it, and he would drop into a walk during the change of direction between the barrels. I worked with Jan to help her learn how to manage her focus and her body…

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…

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…

Earn credit for lessons or horse development

The EPI Working Student program has an opening for the Fall/Winter season. If you like to be outside and around horses, this program offers an opportunity to trade ranch work for horsemanship lessons or horse development. Click here for more information.

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?

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).

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…

Horsemanship Jobs at Atwood Ranch Naturally and Equine Partners, Inc.

Atwood Ranch Naturally is hiring individuals experienced in horse health and reproduction (levels 2/3) to assist with herd health and maintenance, foaling out, reproduction, feeding, nutrition, and mare and foal handling under the guidance of the on-site veterinarian and horse developer. They are also offering apprenticeships (levels 3/4) in the Parelli Pre-School Program, working closely with Jake Shoemark,…