Mini-donks get creative with the trailer

Our miniature donkeys don’t trailer all that often, so we make a point to play with the trailer now and then to keep their confidence up. Here are some photos showing what pros they are.

Horsemanship and Emergency Preparedness

Recently, we put our emergency preparedness plan into action as a fire started just a few properties up the road. We got all the animals ready to go. Some go into our trailers and some are clipped to a long line so that one person can lead five horses at a time. Luckily for us,…

Mellow obstacle lesson before it gets too hot

Our Saturday group lesson played with precision obstacles in the shade of the covered arena this morning. We set up a water station where horses and humans could get a drink and a refreshing spray from the hose as needed. We set up puzzles that required thoughtful solutions, rather than a lot of physical exertion….

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…

Happy Horsey Holidays and New Year

We would like to thank our instructors, staff, and students for prioritizing health and safety in 2020 and beyond. Our program has always focused on safety, so that you can have fun and achieve extraordinary results with your horse. We also emphasize the importance of having a plan but staying flexible enough to adapt to…

What is your focus this winter?

Winter is a good time to play with the “little things” that make so much difference for your horse. Just hanging out together, without a task to perform, gives you both a chance to relax and enjoy each other’s company. Making games that you can safely do in a small area such as the barn…

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…

Trail riding time

Several of our students list trail riding as their favorite equestrian pastime or as their ultimate goal. As the rainy season gives way to summer and fall, we often take our lessons outside the arena and help students (and their horses) develop trail skills. Our ranch provides a number of opportunities to practice the obstacles…

Gift certificates on sale

Through May 31, 2020, we are offering a 10% discount on gift certificates. For example, a $100 gift certificate is currently on sale for $90. These gift certificates can be redeemed for any of our services in the future — lessons, camps, horse development, clinics, etc. They are available in any amount, and can be…

No ropes? No problem!

Pat Parelli says that when you take off the halter and lead, what remains is the truth. “Liberty” is the practice of engaging with horses without the aid of ropes or halters. If your horse decides they don’t want to be with you, well, you can’t make them do it. You have to learn to…

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…