Category archives for: Manes and Trails

Manes & Trails: Cricket’s cloudy eye

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After pouring through pictures the night before searching for any evidence Cricket has had cataracts her entire life, Friday came and the appointment with the vet was late in the afternoon. First thing in the morning when it was just barely light enough to see outside, I grabbed my phone because it has a good camera on it and, if Cricket had a cloudy eye again, I was determined to get a picture of it. The day before she had a cloudy eye in the morning but it wasn’t present later in the day, so I needed proof if it happened again.

Narcolepsy in Horses – Did You Know?

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The other day I was having lunch with a friend, and she mentioned that a gal she knows has a horse that may have narcolepsy. It caught my breath. I had never considered that this disorder may occur in the equine species.

Horses sleep so little each day that I would never imagine narcolepsy would happen for them. Horses rest a lot. In fact, most of every day is eating or resting, but actual sleep is not part of their nature.

Adult horses sleep about three hours in a 24-hour period, with younger horses and senior-aged horses sleeping more than that, just as in the human species.

‘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.