We use two main facilities for our operations. Our new training facilities are located in Sanger, California, on old river is a nearly 70 mile long self-guided tour of the flowering orchards of eastern Fresno County, California. There are optional Orange Blossom and Wildflower Trails located off the main Blossom Trail as well. In addition to our fabulous views, we have a Barnmaster 12 stall barn with indoor wash racks and saddling areas. The stalls are matted with SoftStall to protect the horses' legs and feet. We have SoftStep on all aisles and racks. SoftStep provides excellent traction and cushioning. Our natural sand arena is the same the same material that most others have to import to import into their arenas. We also have three large three large mixed forage pastures where we keep our brood mares and rotate our young horses in the fall and winter.
Our second facility is in the Sierra Nevada foothills near O'Neals, CA. There are a pair of steep hills, a small lake, and a valley. Here we keep our young horses there so that they can learn to be sure footed, travelling over streams, rocks, and dead fall. The pastures are large enough to allow development on sound bones, joints, and tendons. We have found that alternating our young stock between the rough hills and green pastures as well as carefully monitoring their diet has resulted in nearly 100% of our horses being OCD free.
We periodically bring our young horses to busy stables through their first three years. There they learn that guinea hens, dogs, cats and humans are not there to eat them. They learn to live in stalls, tie quietly, come when called, and accept the leadership of human beings. They are introduced to the concepts of saddle and trained not broken. When they show sufficient balance of body and mind, they are started under saddle. This usually occurs sometime during their three year old year though we have mounted horses old year though we have mounted horses as young as 2 1/2 and as old as 4 1/2 as young as 2 1/2 and as old as 4 1/2 depending on their individual needs. As depending on their individual needs. As warmbloods often continue to grow warmbloods often continue to grow through their seventh year we observe our through their seventh year we observe our young horses for changes in balance young horses for changes in balance during their training. We will often return them to pasture either to finish a growth phase, because they need a mental break, or to give them a well deserved vacation. As their training progresses they are tested to find their particular talents. We firmly believe that all dressage horses should be able to jump as it increases their ability to come under themselves and push off effectively. We also believe that all jumping horses should know dressage to allow them to be more responsive to collecting and extending between jumps. Dressage also allows for the systematic building of strength and suppleness in any horse. Young horses will often let us know where their talents and passions lie. One of our best jumpers was bred to be a dressage horse. However when she began jumping out of a 4 1/2 foot arena at three months, we were sure that she had another career in mind.
New - Foal Raising services. Click here for more information.