Trail preparations are in full swing

Several of the adult students are working to build confidence, communication, and connection with their horses in anticipation of hitting the trails later this year. We’ve held group lessons to practice riding in different orders, maintaining appropriate distance between horses, and developing their horses’ confidence within and away from the group. In private and semi-private…

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…

Trail Ride Lessons for Green Horses (or Riders!)

I am doing two instructional trail rides at Empire Mine for beginners. You can lead or ride your horse on this leisurely trail, and we will introduce water, bridges and different types of terrain. Ride 1: Saturday, July 31st Ride 2: Saturday August 14th Approximately 2 hours of trail time $75 per person Meet at…

Having fun with Dave on the trail

The trails are so beautiful this time of year. Here are a few photos from a recent instructional trail ride in Loney Meadow. (Click the photos to enlarge.) There are four more rides in September — and I promise, we don’t always end up in the water. 9/21 Skillman 9/23 Lone Grave 9/28 Empire Mine…

September instructional trail ride schedule

Gain confidence for horse and rider as you take to the trails with a small group of natural horsemanship practitioners. (Click here for more information about instructional trail rides.) We ride in different areas of Nevada County, exploring bridges, creeks, historical buildings, meadows, and — sometimes — lakes: Each trail ride starts at 9am, lasts…

More to trail lessons than just the trail

Yesterday’s instructional trail ride included a lesson in trailer confidence for one of the students. The horse — Parker — was fine, a veteran of many a trailer journey, but the student was shaking at the prospect of driving the loaded trailer to the trail head. However, she worked with “moving closer and staying longer”…

August Instructional Trail Rides Series

I have eight instructional trail rides scheduled for August. Wednesday, August 5th:  Empire Mine Friday, August 7: Empire Mine Monday, August 10: Empire Mine Thursday, August 13: Lone Grave Tuesday, August 18: Lone Grave Thursday, August 20:  Loney Meadow Monday, August 24: Empire Mine Thursday, August 27: Skillman All rides begin at 9am. Email to…