I acknowledge there is a large group of horse owners, trainers, and horse enthusiasts in the world today who follow Natural Horsemanship techniques (I teach and utilize many of these techniques, methods, and theories myself), which encourage the horse’s own natural instincts and behaviors, and focus on pain-free and fear-free methods of training horses. However, [...]
I came across an interesting comment on a Reata Ranch Facebook (Facebook.com/reataranchadventure) post recently. The post was a short video of my first ride with Rufus — a horse considered highly dangerous, unpredictable, and untrainable — in the Arizona desert. It was a wonderful and successful ride where Rufus began learning to navigate the [...]
As many of you know, we have a working sheep and cattle ranch (Earth Sheep Farms and Reata Ranch) in southwestern Colorado, where we raise thousands of sheep and hundreds of cattle for food and fiber. Today, and throughout this week, we are pushing/driving/herding those sheep for 5 to 6 days in order to reach [...]
When I train horses, I put them through my training program that helps me assess a horses behavior and fix any holes in his training or behavior in order to make him a safer and more respectful horse to be around and to ride. In Mesa, AZ yesterday, while working with a client's 16-year-old quarter [...]
At Reata Ranch, our year starts after shipping our feeder lambs around the 10th of October to new buyers/owners, where they will continue to grow and eventually become delicious and nutritious lamb for the public. Once we ship the lambs, we immediately begin the process of selecting the ewes (mother sheep) for breeding and [...]
Reata Ranch provides an array of benefits to the public and to participants who come for the experiences and adventures. Food: We produce clean lamb, mutton, and beef for consumption. Clothing/Skin Products: Wool shorn from the sheep yearly is [...]
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3 days each week for 12 summer weeks, we at Earth Sheep Farms get to experience the bliss, joy, elation, hardship, danger, and excitement of riding horseback over miles and miles of high country trails in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado, packing groceries, sheep salt, and other supplies on mules and horses in what [...]