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.
As an equestrian and trails advocate in Ramona I ponder horse related topics constantly. Our current economic state has created so many issues for horse owners such as the number of homeless horses increasing dramatically in the past three years across the nation, the cost of hay going up 125 percent (and climbing) since 2008, gas prices that are incredibly unaffordable, more expensive veterinary care — and the list goes on.
In Ramona we are so lucky to have access to Cleveland National Forest (CNF) public lands. Whether you like to hike or ride, the opportunities abound on the thousands of acres available. Until Ramona’s Community Master Trails and Pathways Plan is fully realized, we are indeed lucky to have public lands to experience by foot [...]