I first met the people and horses of Coyote Canyon Caballos d’Anza (CCCDA) about four years ago. I have always had an interest in wild horses, and since owning one that interest has grown. I watch for all information about what is happening with them mostly via email and saw a note about the last of the wild horses and burros being removed from the Anza Borrego desert as recently as 2003. Some reports that there were a few stragglers caught up in 2007 and removed were difficult to verify.
The horse has been part of North America since, well, forever. San Diego Zoological Society believes the horse originated in North America millions of years ago, then went extinct on this continent. Horses were reintroduced by Spanish visitors and have been a part of Southern California for centuries.
My interest in wild horses began when dreaming of the wild horses in my childhood, and wild horses in my life became a reality when I adopted Cricket. The Mustang is a descendent of
Bucking is a very undesirable behavior in our horses even though it is a natural one. Bucking horses are scary, as it seems so out of control to most of us. It’s a powerful movement that everyone recognizes as dangerous, whether you’re a horse person or not.
I used to think, long, long ago, that riding a bucking horse was fun, that it was a challenge. I was young and silly back then. Now I don’t ever want a horse to buck when I am riding. It hurts my back among other parts of my body. Riding a buck is a lot like being on a catapult.
Last in a three-part series
Having the Ramona Trails and Pathways Master Plan in place and knowing that the basics of funding trails and pathways must be done, no plan can move forward without easements.
Easements are the cornerstone for connecting trails and pathways and can be purchased (which goes right back to funding), may be donated or built into the road plans by Department of Public Works (DPW) or development plans as Ramona grows and changes, which is the most frequent
With our community having a comprehensive trails and pathways plan on paper, one of the biggest challenges is finding money to take it from paper to dirt. With money tight everywhere at the state level, county level, and local level, money for trails — and everything else — is even more difficult to find than it used to be, but it can and does happen. There are many ways to fund trails and pathways in our community from state to local opportunities.
Ramona Community Trails and Pathways Master Plan: I have ventured a guess that most of you do not know what that is, or if you think you may know, you’ve probably never seen it. I am thankful for those of you who are aware and knowledgeable regarding the Plan.
Ever thought about or said something about the “trail to nowhere” in Ramona? I know some of you have because in all the years I’ve been involved with trail advocacy I’ve heard people mention, “The trail to nowhere” or ask why “we need to build this trail to nowhere.”
Trail miles in Ramona may seem tough to come by, but there are many locations that are available for riding and hiking that you may have never considered or been aware of. So many are uncharted gems, yet some are right in town, like our Community Park. I think all too often people discount the Ramona Community Park, or Wellfield Park as it is also referred to, all too quickly as too small or uninteresting. Think again!
There will be fewer horses in the future, thanks to National Equine Resource Network (NERN) holding a low cost gelding clinic in Ramona.
Fourteen horses were gelded on April 15, making them unable to reproduce, which is something that I take very seriously. Fourteen may not sound like very many but over their lifetimes they could have helped to produce 1,200 more horses, maybe even more if they were added to a breeding program that used artificial insemination or some other very active means of breeding.
On April 14 at 9 a.m., help is needed at the Ramona Historic Rodeo Arena.
Restoration efforts have been under way for some time to recondition the arena for public use. The community is being asked to come out and help this weekend get some painting done and possibly begin work on the old bucking chutes.
It’s that time of year folks, the snakes are coming out! We don’t really have a “snake season” because it’s always snake season.
Rattlesnakes are common in Ramona and the backcountry. In Southern California we have several species of rattlesnake including the Southern Pacific, Southwestern Speckled, and Red Diamond. In the desert areas, the Desert Sidewinder is most present. I have no idea how to tell the difference, but I know they are all dangerous for me, for my family, and for my horse.