Category archives for: Manes and Trails

Manes & Trails: Stay alert to the dangers of trail riding

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I am ever aware that trail riding is one of the most dangerous things we can do with our horse. There are no fences, barriers, or safety devices in place. I see very few riders wear a helmet, vest, or other safety equipment. Most often our rides are far from any emergency services and we often do not have cell phone reception.

Manes & Trails: Dressage and Drille equal FUN

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I have a confession to make ­— I love dressage!

The term is French, meaning “training,” according to the U.S. Dressage Federation, and its purpose is to develop the horse’s natural athletic ability and willingness to work, making him calm, supple, and attentive to his rider.

Barnett Ranch offers panoramic views

Have you been out to Barnett Ranch lately? Maybe you haven’t gone at all because you’ve heard it is small or not worth the drive.

I really enjoy the ride and always recommend this preserve to riders, especially new riders or green horses or those of us who want to get a quick ride in after work on a weekday.

Manes & Trails: The future of Cuyamaca State Park: Part II

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The most pivotal event for the Cuyamaca Rancho State Park (CRSP) occurred between Oct. 25 and Nov. 3, 2007. The Witch Creek fire ripped through the park destroying 24,308 acres of the 24,780-acre park.

Ninety-five percent of the conifer trees burned. Seventy-five percent of the park’s oak trees were instantly charcoal. The landscape changed, perhaps forever.

Manes & Trails: The Future of Cuyamaca

Cuyamaca Peak from I-8 at Descanso Jct.

State officials are looking at the future of the Cuyamaca Rancho State Park nearly a decade after the 2003 wildfires that devastated much of San Diego County. As part of the State Park General Plan Update, a team of scientists, historians, archeologists, rangers, landscape architects, interpreters, maintenance staff, and others have gathered information and plan [...]

The Thrill of the Drille

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Riding patterns, challenging your horse and your skills as a rider can be fun. If you have never tried drill riding, now could be your chance.

I had the wonderful opportunity to ride with the Drille Divas earlier this year and my first drill experience it was a blast! In a relaxed setting with very kind ladies, Cricket and I trotted and loped the patterns we were taught with huge smiles on our faces

Is state funding really as bad as reported?

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On Friday, July 20, there were reports of millions of dollars being found and heads would roll at the state level. This matters a great deal to me as an outdoor enthusiast and state park user and fan.

Amidst the closure of over 70 state park areas across California, including San Pasqual Battlefield, and threats of more closures and reductions in park hours over the past couple of years, public outcry has been vast and loud against the closures.

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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.

Manes & Trails: Original horses of Ramona

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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

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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.