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Rachel’s first trail ride in Ensenada mexico

Karrinah gave Rachel quite the job of brushing, she had rolled the day before after having a bath

Karrinah gave Rachel quite the job of brushing, she had rolled the day before after having a bath

Rachel has taken several lessons at our stables here in Ensenada, while visiting her grandma Carol this summer. Rachel was a quick learner, and a natural at horseback riding. Before she went back to the states, she had one more lesson, and then we were off and running up above the Ensenada Bay!

While Rachel was here she learned to control her horse, turn her, stop. She was able to trot around on Karinnah, and get her to “whoa” on command, and got her to go where she asked.

As we were up in the mountains above Ensenada, she says to me “I thought you said we were going to run on this trail” (as she was trotting along) I said “you are trotting, do you want to trot some more?” “No, I just want to take it all in, it’s nicer going slow. “ She’s a great kid, and going to do great at horseback riding in the future.

We hope to see you on your next vacation visiting here in Ensenada Rachel, can’t wait to do some more trail riding. What a summer to remember riding through the clouds!

Rachel on her first horseback trail ride

Rachel on her first horseback trail ride

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Tina Jo & Amor

Tina Jo and Dawn came out today from Maneadero with their horse Amor here to Ensenada. Amor is Reo’s mom. I will be beginning ground training and working my way up to riding Amor, to make her safe & fun to ride. . Amor has had some training, but we are not sure the extent. When Amor is comfortable with me, and training, I am going to work with Tina Jo and Amor together. I have always worked with the people and their horse and found it is very rewarding to both of them, when they learn from each other, and learn to ride in harmony. I am looking forward to working with both Tina Jo & her horse Amor here in Baja.

Tina Jo worked with Indio again today. She walked him around the property and then up and down the road. She learned some more safety precautions when working around a horse. Tina Jo is doing fantastic and moving along great. Kudos to Tina Jo for taking on her fears by the “saddle horn!!”

Today Dawn and I lead Tina Jo around up and down a few hills, down the road, and did a few circles here and there. By the end of the lesson Tina Jo was walking around without a lead and eventually rode around by herself with no one with her on Indio. Indio took great care of her while riding around Ensenada at our stables. Tina Jo is doing fantastic and moving fast in confidence in herself and horses. She’ll be out trail riding in no time!

Tina Jo on Indio

Tina Jo on Indio

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Horseback riding lessons in Ensenada Mexico

Rachel on Karinnah

Rachel on Karinnah

First off we would like to say a BIG thank you to Tina Jo and Dawn who have a  rescue ranch here in Punta Banda, (you can find them at http://tinajospromise.org/) for referring us to their good friend Carol. We took in their horse Jalapeno who is in training at the moment. We have become great friends with them, and appreciate all their support and referrals.

Carol came out with her granddaughter who is 9 years old today for a horseback riding lesson here in Ensenada. Her granddaughter Rachel is visiting from CA for 2.5 weeks.  She had ridden before with friends and family in CA. She had knowledge of how to approach the horse, brush her, saddle her up, and learned how to bridle and unbridle her horse. Rachel  became a pro in no time, she’s a very fast learner, and is going to be going on a couple trail rides with us.  Way to go Rachel! We move at your pace, and when you feel comfortable we move onto the next level. Rachel was having so much fun her grandma couldn’t pull her away from the horse.

Come out for a lesson, a  trail ride or both! Here at Desert Trails, kids not only learn the safety of being around a horse, how to care for them but also the responsibility of putting away all the tack and grooming supplies when done. It’s a fun filled, responsibility learned lessons over here at our stables. The children have a great time, as do the adults for that matter! With a view of the ocean and Ensenada harbor, a gentle breeze…..what a fantastic day while the kids are learning to ride and be safe around a horse before heading out on a trail ride over looking the bay.

Rachel on Karinnah having a great time!

Rachel on Karinnah having a great time!

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Build Your Confidence Riding Horses Bareback

Our neighbor’s daughter on Karinnah

What a better way to build up your confidence than learning to ride bareback on one of our well trained horses here in Ensenada. 

Bareback horseback riding allows you to feel the true movement of the horse. No matter if you are a beginner or an experienced rider, you can benefit from riding a horse bareback.

Riding bareback also allows you to improve your balance, strength, posture, flexibility and confidence. As the horse moves, you are able to feel the muscles move, and this allows for better balance.

Bareback riding engages a level of trust between you and your horse that a saddle cannot teach you.

There are three riding weaknesses you will find when riding bareback: leaning, gripping, grabbing of reins. We will work on all those and a lot more to build up your confidence.

While riding bareback you will learn and practice dismounting, riding at a walk, trot, and learn to focus on your balance, and movement of your body with the horse while building up your confidence at the same time. We will start out with one of our handlers walking you around, and then move onto a lunge line, round pen, and then open field. When  you are ready you can go on a trail ride in Ensenada over looking the bay.

Everyone who is riding bareback will be required to wear a helmet.

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