Miniature Donkeys: Tollen Farm in Oregon

October 14th, 2015|

A visit to Tollen Farm in Wilsonville, Oregon is a little like a visit to Willie Wonka’s Chocolate Factory. You won’t need a golden ticket to enter into the world of Tonie Tollen’s miniature donkeys, but your eyes will have a lot to take in. The four-acre eco-friendly farm offers plenty to see and touch. […]

Riding in the Transylvanian Forest

August 26th, 2015|

So Romania is famous for Dracula (Sighisoara is the charming town where he grew up and the castle where he did not live) and the black bears for lovers of eco-tourism. I love horses and riding but have never particularly associated Romania with horses so when I saw horseback riding through the Transylvanian forest on […]

4UR Ranch: This Colorado Ranch is for You

August 19th, 2015|

The 3,000 acre 4UR Ranch is surrounded by national forests (one with 1,000,000 acres.) The La Garita range is to the north, and to the south and west sit the massive peaks of the Weminuche Wilderness and Wolf Creek Pass. Nearby is Wheeler National Monument, with its striking rock formation “hoodoos.” Also nearby are […]

Horseback Riding in Brooklyn, New York

July 29th, 2015|

When you think of Brooklyn, horseback riding is probably not the first thing that comes to mind.

I grew up fifty miles from the city in a small town on Long Island in an area zoned for horses; the lady down the street kept two on her property that I spent countless hours gazing at […]

Carmel Valley Ranch Equine Perspective

July 22nd, 2015|

“Horses are good mirrors. They allow us to see reflections of ourselves and our behavior. Unlike people, horses don’t stay in uncomfortable relationships. They either walk away or lean in,” said Jill Rivoli founder of New Perspectives, an Equine Perspective workshop offered through Carmel Valley Ranch in Carmel, California.

I had the opportunity to join in […]

Trail Rides at Carmel Valley Ranch

July 15th, 2015|

Before there were beautifully manicured mounds of lavender swaying in the breeze, there were cows grazing beneath Coastal Live Oak trees strewn with Lace Lichen. Cowboys looked after their herds of cattle and cow dogs trotted alongside the horses while keeping stray calves in sight. Today, you may not see the cattle, but meander past […]

Lake Tahoe Horseback Riding

July 7th, 2015|

I consider Lake Tahoe a popular California playground, open year round to the young and old. One of my favorite activities to do in the high sierras is horseback riding. I’m not the only one that enjoys exploring the Tahoe National Forest from the back of a horse. Alpine Meadows Stables offers experienced guides and […]

Horsing Around at Redding Rodeo

June 24th, 2015|

Good, clean fun is what Melissa Mallory of Redding, California calls the Redding Rodeo. Now in its 67th year, this annual equestrian event offers everything from bareback riding to Budweiser Clydesdale horses, mutton busting and Asphalt Cowboys.

What’s mutton busting you might ask? Children, ranging in ages from six to seven years old, ride the back […]

William S. Hart Museum

June 17th, 2015|

“All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players. They have their exits and their entrances; And one man in his time plays many parts,” those words, written by William Shakespeare, were probably never uttered on film by William S. Hart. Known as a famed silent-film actor in the beginning of […]