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Horse Vacations

- March 1st, 2019

Here are some destinations when you want to escape from everything except horses

Coffee Creek Ranch
Trinity Center, Calif.
(800) 624-4480

This 367-acre guest ranch is nestled in the Trinity Alps Wilderness Area of Northern California.  Coffee Creek, an excellent fly-fishing stream, runs wild year-round for a half-mile through the ranch where you can pan for gold, tube and fish.

Hearty breakfasts are served in the ranch house or out on the trail, as well as poolside lunches and western barbecues under the stars!  Coffee Creek’s professional chefs prepare all your meals from garden-to-table.

Specially-designed Summer Youth Programs are offered from June 9 to Aug. 24, with great savings at the beginning and end of summer. Programs include Bronc Busters teens 13-17; Junior Wranglers 6-12; Cowboys & Cowgirls 3-5 have special pony rides, and a Kiddie Korral for those under 3 is FREE. Wilderness pack trips are also offered. See ad on page 24

Ventura Sun photo

On one of my annual horse camping get-a-ways, I had the ride of a lifetime going down to Jordan Ranch from Black Rock Ranger Station outside the town of Kennedy Meadows on the Pacific Crest Trail.

It was summer of 2017. After a particularly wet season, the trail was alive in technicolor. Wildflowers of every color were in abundance.

Buck Martin, City of San Marcos Parks and Recreation Director, at TOVEA meeting

SAN MARCOS—Horses are an asset to the community, say San Marcos city staff, and future improvements to equestrian facilities are on the way.

That was the message from Buck Martin, City of San Marcos Parks and Recreation Director, and Art Sotelo, Public Works Manager for Parks and Landscape, at the Feb. 25 community forum held by the Twin Oaks Valley Equestrian Association.

Hoof Haven Farms after the Feb. 14 flood

FALLBROOK—With nearly six inches of rain over two days, the Fallbrook area had more precipitation than it could handle— and Hoof Haven Farms is still recovering.

More than a third of the farm’s 40 horses had to be evacuated Feb. 14 when a small creek swelled to a raging current that overtook a crossing to several pens on the property, then changed course and wiped out all the pens that boarded senior horses.

From Horsetrader sales staff

In the tradition of the venerable Fiesta of the Spanish Horse, a new springtime event will bring the Los Angeles Equestrian Center to life April 25-28—the inaugural Burbank Showcase Multi Breed Horse Show.

The Burbank Showcase will honor the tradition originated and then run by Fiesta of the Spanish Horse for more than 20 years, helping the non-profit organization in its quest to find a cure for cancer, the beneficiary cause this year.

One sweet reining

- March 1st, 2019

CRHA brings L.A. Equestrian Center to life with competitive 2019 opener

From Horsetrader staff reports

Daphne Foran took Bob Hutcherson’s Check Your Gun Lad to the Novice Horse Open Circuit Championship at the CRHA Reining Feb. 1-3. (Mark Blakley photo)

BURBANK—Casey Bibbs was a Non Pro star and Tom Foran claimed the big Open circuit titles as the California Reining Horse Association launched its 2019 season Feb. 1-3 with its Sweetheart Reining at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center.

Cold weather care

- March 1st, 2019

By Daniel H. Grove, DVM

Cold, wet weather presents a few challenges that can usually be mitigated with a few extra precautionary tips. Horses are designed to be able to survive in a variety of climates, but through our manipulation and care, sometimes we impede their ability to thermoregulate in the winter time. Let’s discuss some key points on winter care.

Circles & Lope Departures I

- March 1st, 2019

Here are some take-aways from Les’s recent columns introducing circles, departures and speed control.

Lope Departures
Collection: Before you can have walk to lope departures, you must be able to collect your horse without resistance. If you find resistance or a stiff spot, fix it before continuing.

Best frame: Straight through the head, neck, shoulders, ribs, and hips.

Acceptable: Head to the inside, shoulder to the outside.