And the Festivities Begin!!

The leaves are turning and the mornings are decidedly crisp. Autumn has officially fallen upon the land and Halloween is setting the little ones into a buzz of sugar induced glee!! If you are like us at Arriba Vista Ranch, each season brings its own charm and joy. Fall brings us the fun of Halloween…

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October 17, 2014

Compost: The Scoop on Poop!!

  In case you missed it on Facebook, Arribavista Ranch began offering free compost several months ago!! This compost makes for a very rich soil additive for your garden. Our compost is made up of pine shavings, rice hulls, and, of course, horse manure. You will also find leftover hay, alfalfa and orchard grass in…

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October 1, 2014

Where Does California’s Water Go?

With the recent drought approaching extreme severity all over California, one might stop to wonder what more we can do and where can water use best be reduced. To answer that, it is important to know where most of it goes in the first place! We recently received an article from the California Department of…

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September 18, 2014

United In Light “Gentle Giants” Horse Rescue – Livingston, Montana

United In Light Horse Rescue Livingston, Montana, where we visit every summer, is home to a wonderful horse rescue charity. Joyce and I visited United in Light, a rescue for “gentle giants”. These are draft horses who are too old or too lame work, or just needing a home. They are rescued from feed lots…

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September 4, 2014

Building Confidence in Horse & Rider: Part 3 of 3

Building Confidence in Horse and Rider:  Part 3 of 3 We have been discussing creating confidence in the rider. In this post, we will look at the 2nd part of Clinton Anderson’s article “Cultivating Confidence,” written for “America’s Horse”, the members’ only AQHA magazine. Lack of confidence on the part of your horse can make…

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August 13, 2014

Charlie’s Corner: The Choctaw Ponies

In our wanderings to photograph wildlife, my friend Marilyn and I often come across interesting subjects. Such is the case when I went to Texas to see Marilyn this June. She had heard about some wild horses in south east Oklahoma and we went wandering to find them and photograph them. About 2 hours north…

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August 13, 2014

Building Confidence in Horse and Rider: Part 2 of 3

Building Confidence in Horse and Rider:  Part 2 of 3 This post is a continuation of a discussion about Confidence in the Horse and Rider based on an article by Clinton Anderson in “America’s Horse” an AQHA members’ only magazine. Anderson discusses exercises for the horse and rider as a way to build confidence in…

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July 24, 2014

Building Confidence in Horse & Rider: Part 1 of 3

Building Confidence in Horse and Rider:  Part 1 of 3 Clinton Anderson wrote an excellent 2-part article on “Cultivating Confidence” for America’s Horse, an AQHA members’ only magazine. The first part dealt with creating confidence in the rider and the second with creating confidence in the horse. I thought this would be a good place…

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July 1, 2014

Charlie’s Corner: Enjoying the Ranch’s Wildlife

There is much to see when riding the ranch trails. Many resident animals like deer, fox, coyote, bob cat and the ground squirrel are often seen.  An occasional feral pig can also be seen on the ranch. For birds, there are many interesting ones to see. All year one can see Yellow Rumped Warblers, Downy…

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June 12, 2014

Welcome to Arriba Vista Ranch

Welcome to Arriba Vista Ranch. Set on 220 acres in the rolling foothills of beautiful Sunol Valley on Highway 680 between Pleasanton and Fremont, Arriba Vista Ranch is a boarding and training facility catering to the dedicated horse lover. The ranch offers an indoor, lighted dressage court; indoor lighted arena; outside all-weather dressage court; outside…

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April 12, 2014