Category: Horses

Horse Therapy Moves to Castaic

By Martha Michael Kids, teens and young adults who need a little extra help, motivation or emotional support can still turn to the horses of SRD Straightening Reins. But instead of heading to a ranch in Canyon Country they are getting the help they need in Castaic. SRD specializes in equine-assisted and interactive therapies designed to […] Read more

The Enemy Within

By Laurel van der Linde On Saturday, June 22, 2019 the headline on the front page of the LA Times read “The Final Foe.” It was an extensive article detailing the story of two platoon buddies, veterans of the war in the Middle East, and the difficulties they had returning to civilian life. One struggled […] Read more

Spring Fever

By Laurel van der Linde It has been a long, hard winter. When compared to the extreme sub-zero temperatures in the Midwest and on the East Coast, those of us in SoCal have no reasonable argument to complain. But, complain we will when given the (seemingly) inordinate amount of rain and the resulting mud and […] Read more

The Christmas Horse

Just hear those sleigh bells jingling Ring-ting-tingling, too Come on, it’s lovely weather For a ride together with you… You’ve been thinking about it for a while now. You, your daughter or son have been taking riding lessons and are now substantially “hooked” on the lifestyle. The lesson horses at the barn are fine, but […] Read more

Of What Use is a Horse?

By Laurel van der Linde For centuries horses have been an integral part of military combat. Even during WWII, General George S. Patton’s Third Army had the Second Cavalry Group under the command of Colonel Charles Reed, which, through a series of serendipitous and surreptitious circumstances, was responsible for the rescue of Europe’s finest horses […] Read more

Deciding About Riding

By Laurel van der Linde You’ve been thinking about this for a while. The timing is right. Carpe Diem. You have made the decision that you and/or one of your kids is going to get into (or back into) learning how to ride. Congratulations! Working with horses is one of the most rewarding experiences you […] Read more

Fly – Away!

By Laurel van der Linde The rainy season is over. The temperature signals it’s time to get back in the saddle. But, ideal as this climate is, with the warmer temperatures comes – flies.Less than aesthetic, these pests are the bane of every horse and horseman. For a creature that has a longevity factor of […] Read more

Horse Rescue in Canyon Country

by Martha Michael  In the part of Canyon Country known as Sand Canyon there’s a place some would call “Horse Heaven.” It’s a place where racehorses go to relax, retire and, in some cases, rehabilitate. CJ Marinaccio is the founder of Win, Place, Home, Inc., which she launched after working at a racetrack in the […] Read more

Get in the Saddle to Help Family

The public is invited to take part in a Fundraiser Ride scheduled for May 12, 2018 to benefit the Grasso family, who are active at Oak Creek Corral in Canyon Country. Craig Grasso, husband to Jodi and father-of-five, has been battling cancer since 2011. “This week the doctors told him they are out of options,” […] Read more

When the Shoe Doesn’t Fit

By Martha Michael >>> Anyone who has had podiatry issues knows how crucial the health of our feet really is. And walking in shoes that don’t fit properly or aren’t constructed well can cause a world of hurt. The same is true in the equine world – they need the right shoes too. The experts […] Read more