Everyday Wisdom – Equine Evacuation and Fire
Feb01

Everyday Wisdom – Equine Evacuation and Fire

HORSE EVACUATION SEMINAR (FREE) By Vicky Beelik of PPI (Plan, Prepare & Implement) Date: March 6th, 2018 at 6:30pm Photos by Elle Newlands of Zentography Where: Malibu Creek State Park, Admin Building (1925 Las Virgenes Rd. Calabasas, CA 91302 Contact Debbie Dimascio –  for more information contact Debbie@malibuoaks.com Editor’s Note: A report came out yesterday that 44% of the State of California has returned to drought classification. A week ago it was believed to only be at 13%. With the severe lack of rainfall so far and decreasing snow pack, coupled with an usually warm winter, these factors all lead to continued fire danger in the upcoming months. Next Month on the evening of March 6th, Vicky Beelik with the PPI Program “Plan, Prepare, Implement” will discuss preparedness in emergency situations. Be sure to save the date to learn preparedness and how to avoid some of the horrible things that happened to horses during the recent Thomas Fire and others.  At least 30 horses died and over a hundred were badly burned and/or suffered severe smoke inhalation.   ...

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Time Out in the Tetons – By Linda Ballou
Jan26

Time Out in the Tetons – By Linda Ballou

Editor’s note: Next month horsey authors Linda Ballou and Maryann Ridini Spencer will hold an event in Thousand Oaks, CA.  Ballou will define: “How Wai-nani embodies female empowerment and how writing her story gave Linda the courage to move forward with her writing life.” Time Out in the Tetons  By Linda Ballou  Lballou6@sbcglobal.net “I followed three wranglers, each with a string of pack horses loaded down with supplies, up the narrow trail tracing Grays Ridge. The Spotted Horse Ranch, fast falling away, looked like it a tinker-toy town sitting beside the Hoback River, a silver vein snaking through the center of a broad, green valley. The view was a reminder that a good horse can get folks where they can’t get to on their own. We made our way to an alpine meadow resting at about 8,200 feet with vistas of the snow-streaked Grand Teton range to the north sparkling beneath full-blown skies. Cooler temps at the top of the world with sage meadows framed in velvet green forests soothe the mind, as well as the eye. Non-riders of all ages have lots of fun choices. Nearby activities include rafting on the Snake River, swimming in Granite Hot springs, tubing down the Hoback, and some great fishing. Jackson’s historic district is a fun to walk around, even if you don’t care to buy Native American jewelry at good prices, you can cruise the over 30 western art galleries or visit the homespun historical museum. Just north of Jackson on a knoll that overlooks the largest Elk Refuge in the world is a gallery that houses an outstanding Animal Art collection. The Elk summer in higher meadows, but many birds can be spotted in the marshy flats the “Wapiti” call home in the winter. On the all-day ride shared by all the guests—grand parents, cowgirls and boys, Indians and chiefs—climbed steadily up a shady draw. Pink wild rose, blue harebell brightened the scene while the intense thrum of the cicadas filled the air. Sage hen wings whirred as they lifted from our path. Once aloft the plateau, we did a little trail blazing through a meadow of yellow arrowroot where we flushed a couple of stray elk. Our ride home took us across a ridge with heavenly vistas. We covered a lot of ground with some steep climbs and tricky footing. Our fit, well-mannered mounts, remained calm though it all allowing even the greenest dude to enjoy the grandeur of our countries remaining wild-west. I wish-boned walked my way back to the rocking chair waiting for me on the porch of my log cabin. There, I was lulled by the hushed conversation...

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REC RIDE 2017
Nov13

REC RIDE 2017

Photos courtesy of Julian Watkins Located at the Calabasas and Malibu Border, the Rec Ride, co-founded by horsewoman Ruth Gerson some years ago, is an annual event hosted by Malibu Valley Farms Equestrian Center. The ride is almost always held in October and attracts different riders through out Southern California. The beauty of this ride is you don’t have to be a horse owner although there are plenty of those that attend (including yours truly.)  You DO need to be a horse enthusiast though and have a profound love of nature as there are three different rides in this event: Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced. All three rides feature beautiful,  scenic views and at least a couple of hours of great horsing! Rental Horses are provided for non-horse owners by Rocking K Ranch every year to encourage the public to get out and horseback ride. Every year Ruth Gerson honors someone who has a served in the effort to preserve the environment we all hold so dear and our horsey life style here in the beautiful Santa Monica Mountains. This year’s honorees were Mr. Richard Bruckner, Former Director of the Los Angeles County Department of Regional Planning, and Ms. Nicole Englund, Chief of Staff for 3rd District Supervisor Sheila Kuehl. The day may start with the ride but ends with a Barbecue/picnic  provided by Calamigos and a very generous raffle with plenty of good loot! For next year’s ride, contact Ruth Gerson ruthgerson@aol.com  to find out in advance how you can sign up, but be aware that the beginner ride which takes place at King Gillette Ranch is the easiest and most well-rounded. The intermediate and advanced rides head into Malibu Creek State Park and on to the Reagan Ranch; both are fast paced and more for advanced riders and the gaited horse community. See you next year!...

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Our Favorite Month- October
Sep30

Our Favorite Month- October

Thanks once again to Country Living Magazine for inspiring us! Love “paint by numbers” Art and we had to use horses of course!...

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Laramie Ride – By Linda Ballou
Jul29

Laramie Ride – By Linda Ballou

Every summer author Linda Ballou goes on an adventure that almost always involves horses.  “Lose your Heart at the Laramie River Ranch” is Linda’s latest exploit as she traveled by horse through parts of scenic Colorado and Wyoming. You don’t have to be a horse person to enjoy the Laramie River Ranch, but if you are, you will fall in love with the miles of trails in the vast expanses of Colorado and Wyoming. The ride to Crazy Mountain is a steady climb to a knoll with a head-spinning view of the snow-streaked Rewah Range. Long’s Peak in the Rocky Mountain National Park is seen poking into blue skies in the distance, and to the north, the frosty white Snowy Range of Wyoming rests on the horizon. In between there is nothing but you and the Wild West of America. The Laramie River Ranch is a breath-taking stop in time that reminds us how the world was before our ancestors came to tame this land. Krista Burleigh, leading my ride, dreamed of owning a ranch and spending her life sharing her love of the outdoors and horses with her guests. She and husband Bill, roamed the West to find the perfect spot. They picked the Laramie River Ranch for its isolation and endless miles of trails that fan from the ranch and offer a variety of terrain and great footing for the horses. I have sampled many dude ranches and the LLR offers an unrivaled, rustic, authentic western experience on the back of well-trained, fit horses. From a distance the sage-covered hills look barren, but on closer inspection you find they are peppered with a profusion of wildflowers; giant white angelica, lavender lupine, pink vetch, yellow cinquefoil, and orange Indian paintbrush brighten the scene. This is a land of extreme beauty and extreme moods to match. Our ride started out with a blustery wind that kept the bugs at bay. Then an intense sun shone through a mountain of mushrooming clouds forcing us to shed layers of clothing. When we returned to the barn, a cloudburst sent us running to the shelter of the lodge. All of the guests congregate for happy hour at the end of a riding day. Jalapeno poppers and Buffalo wings were my favorite appetizers. Dinner begins with fresh greens, followed by a healthy entre choice, and ending with divine desserts. The day’s activities are shared in the dining hall. Non-riders may hike with a naturalist, do a little fly fishing in the Laramie River, go birding, or just read a good book. A spate in the hot tub under velvet heavens scattered with stars...

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How about a little horse on your table…
Apr12

How about a little horse on your table…

Perfect for the equestrian who has everything and likes to set a nice table – English Saddle Pewter Napkin Rings Item #: V4005M – In Stock Collection of napkin rings designed exclusively for the equestrian. Detailed hunt saddle hand-cast in quality pewter from the Vagabond House designs. Mix with the helmet and bit napkin rings for an extraordinary table setting. Gift boxed. • 2″ x 2.75″ x 2.5″ tall. • Purchase in Set of 2 or Set of 4 Our Price: $45.00 – $84.00 http://horseandhound.com...

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