Category archives for: Manes and Trails

‘Tis is the season for desert camping

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It’s still desert season. If you’ve never been camping in the desert with your horse ­— or if you’ve ever been — there is one camp you should not miss. Stage Coach Trails and Horse Camp is fantastic for first timers and seasoned camp veterans.

Large sites, hookups for those of you with luxury model trailers, restrooms, showers and laundry for those of us with basic trailer accommodations, you will be comfortable for an overnight stay or a weeklong adventure.

Desert season is not just for off-roaders

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Anza-Borrego Desert State Park is the largest state park in California. It is approximately 660,000 acres and provides 500 miles of dirt roads, 12 wilderness areas and many miles of hiking and riding trails.

It also provides visitors with an unparalleled opportunity to experience the wonders of the California desert.

Manes & Trails: The California Mission Ride

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It took more than two years to complete. The logistics and planning took quite a bit of time. The northern leg covered about 450 miles. The southern leg covered another 450 miles, give or take.

The reality of riders on horseback making an estimated 900-mile journey through California was a huge undertaking and may even sound like something done in the distant past, but they finished here in San Diego just weeks ago.

Manes and Trails: Help update Cuyamaca State Park plan

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Cuyamaca Rancho State Park is undergoing a transformation, and it’s not too late to get involved. The nearly 25,000-acre park has acquired more land and is adjacent to Anza Borrego State Park as well as other public lands and trails. The third and final public meeting was held on Nov. 12, but the public comment period is still open. Everyone with an interest in Cuyamaca Rancho State Park is invited to send comments and ideas for the General Plan process to State Parks at The website has

Manes & Trails: Acupuncture, an alternative that can work

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Did you know that acupuncture is an available service to horse owners for their equine friends? It has been for many years, but alternative treatments such as acupuncture are becoming more popular these days. It seems that more and more people I know are moving away from “traditional” medicine and going toward “holistic” therapies for themselves, and many are also including their animals in that movement.

Manes & Trails: Equine travel and illness

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Is traveling with your horse putting her in danger of illness, or worse?

In recent years the outbreaks of equine herpes virus 1, or EHV-1, and other communicable diseases in horses have really caught the attention of horse owners and governmental agencies. Sometimes deadly, the EHV-1 condition, which affects the nervous system of the horse, is

Ramona Grasslands — one sweet ride


I’ve seen many of you out enjoying the lovely trails in town and I had to remind you that Ramona Grasslands Open Space is one sweet ride. Currently containing about 3400 acres and right off Highland Valley Road, this property has been set aside as an open space preserve and our community is able to enjoy hiking or riding along the trails, picnicking under the grand oak trees and enjoying the great outdoors.

Years ago, I anxiously waited for word from the county hoping they were working on a public staging area, which we had anticipated would open summer 2009. I can hardly believe it’s been so many years in the

Summer — time to ride


The California Riding and Hiking Trail (CRHT) traverses much of San Diego County and north into Riverside County, San Mateo and Los Angeles as well. I’ve only begun to explore this wonderful gem from horseback, so you’ll hear about different segments from time to time. While camping and riding in Cuyamaca Rancho State Park, I’ve had the opportunity to see about 25 miles of the CRHT so far.

Manes & Trails: Santa Maria Creek – A trail would address concerns


As concern for public safety grows, the push comes from many directions to get the Santa Maria Creek cleaned up. Every year the creek bed is cleaned up by volunteers, and tons of trash are removed.

In April, volunteers removed more than three tons of trash in about four hours! The most common trash was

Heritage Herd expands with two new foals


Ramona’s original horses are thriving on the land they currently occupy in Ramona. In April 2013 there have been two new foals born, giving the herd a more viable future. Sired by two separate stallions of the remaining four in all of existence on earth, these little fillies contain the unique genetic material that will help keep the herd alive. Don, Juan, Bautista and Anza are the stallions of the Heritage Herd.