New trail course obstacles provide enrichment

Our students and horses alike are enjoying the latest updates to our trail course. These updates include logs and rock walls to step over, squeezes to go through, shapes to navigate (including an L and a zigzag), a small but steep hill, stairways built to horse scale, and a narrow gate. With the recent rain,…

Coat Defense and new halters at The Tack Trunk

We’re stocking fly masks and Coat Defense now, to help your horse weather both this dry spell and the upcoming rain we’re all hoping for. We’ve also made more halters and leads in more colors. The Tack Trunk is located on premises right here at EPI. Coat Defense helps soothe and heal rain rot, sweet…

A chance to ride outside the arena

We’ve had a break in the weather this past week — like chilly Spring days instead of cold Winter days! — and have taken advantage of the opportunity to get outside the arena. Riders are using The Hill to get a longer straight line of trot and canter than they can in the arena. This…

Trail practice at the ranch

We have expanded our trail course recently and have been giving horses (and riders!) a break from the arena. Recently we grouped two green horses with four experienced horses and had a “trail day at home” for the two just starting under saddle.

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…