Rancho La Rosa

Rancho La Rosa equine resort, boarding stables and events center

Rancho La Rosa is a fun, family oriented, full care facility located in Alvarado, Texas. Our boarders enjoy our resort with their friends and family, even their four legged ones! With over 50 acres available for riding, a great instructional staff, a lighted arena, scenic picnic areas, and a club house. There is always something going on, from family cookouts to playdays and even marshmallow roasts in the evening.


Merry Christmas! As our year comes to a end we would like to celebrate the holidays and welcome the new year by gathering dec 28 at 6:30. Please bring a dish to share!

Location change!

Location change!

Getting ready to head out this morning on the trail. Have you heard about the Saturday special for 40$ per person? Click...

Getting ready to head out this morning on the trail. Have you heard about the Saturday special for 40$ per person? Click the book now button to see our schedule!

Rancho La Rosa

Rancho La Rosa

Echo has finally found a family!

Echo has finally found a family!

We have made a few girls happy with their new partners. Congratulations to all of you!

We have made a few girls happy with their new partners. Congratulations to all of you!


We have two runs available for boarding, $250 each!

Ashley’s last check before she heads off to A&M

Ashley’s last check before she heads off to A&M

Daniella Flintan Equine Sports Massage and Rehabilitation

Daniella Flintan Equine Sports Massage and Rehabilitation

Is your horse struggling to lift its back?🤔
Do you feed from the floor or from a haynet?🤔

There are a number of reason why a horse may struggle to lift its back, with lumbar discomfort being a common reason.

Feeding from a haynet changes a horses posture dramatically as shown in the photos below.

This is exaggerated even further every time the horse pulls back from the net.

This causes stress to the lumbar area and dorsal chain muscles, making it harder for the horse to lift their back during ridden work.

Horses are predominantly designed to eat from the ground, so wherever possible avoid the use of nets and mangers and feed from the floor!

#naturalisbest #rehabilitation #bodybalance #esmt #equinemassagetherapy #sportsmassage

CRK Training

CRK Training

#TBT How to Ride the Posting Trot: A Skeletal View
Posting trot is a gait many riders struggle to learn and struggle to do well. It may feel difficult to “stay with the movement” of the horse, or to avoid the feeling of easily being thrown off balance.

We are often taught rising trot with the chant of up, down, up, down, but the actual movement of posting isn’t really about going up and down.

Also, one of the most common pieces of riding advice, “heels down”, when done in the wrong way, can actually make posting much more difficult.

In the video below, Wendy Murdoch shows how to ride an effortless posting trot, using a horse and rider skeleton to show the correct movement.

To Learn More from Wendy Visit: https://www.effortlessridercourse.com/join.html



"We have to be willing to fail, to be wrong, to start over again with lessons learned."

Watch the full TED Talk here: http://t.ted.com/SO9H1aA

Riders Core Training

Riders Core Training

If a rider cannot tilt their pelvis in all directions then that rider will not be able to ride well at all.
The movement of your pelvis requires your deep core muscle to hold your spine stable, while your lower abdominals and lower back muscles and the oblique muscles move your pelvis as you and all riders choose. If you cannot move and control your pelvis most likely you are not riding very well and in many cases, you will be causing your horse to develop issues (hollowing, unwilling to go forwards ect). The jarring effect of your inability to control your pelvis will transfer to your horse.
Riders spend so much time money and emotion on saddles, massage units, therapy and others treatments and still don't learn "how to ride". The core muscle is not a mystery to train for horse riding, but it does require more than just having strength.

Good balance and good posture demand a functional core as well as symmetry, synchronization, and coordination of all of your riding muscles.

To be able to ride well you must be able to use your strong core in movement patterns that are specific to the riding patterns. Training your core to stabilise your posture while you train specific rider movement patterns will teach you how to transfer your core strength to your riding.

The walk is a movement that requires a lot of movement and stability from your spine and pelvis. The four beat stepping motion of the horse requires a symmetrical rotational, tilt and lateral movement of your pelvis. This is not "neutral spine". This movement also requires your upper body to have a counter movement to keep you upright and straight and appear still.

The sitting trot requires your spine to have a lesser range of movement, but a faster-synchronized pattern as well a symmetrical movement, so your seat can be flexible and in rhythm with the two beat movement, this is not "neutral spine".

The canter has your pelvis not only tilting forwards and backward but also in a rotation movement in time with the three beat, asymmetrical movement of your horse, this is not "neutral spine".

Being able to recognise and control your pelvis is key to riding well.

Beautiful day for a trail ride! Only $40 per person on Saturdays.

Beautiful day for a trail ride! Only $40 per person on Saturdays.

Crown B Ranch & Performance Horses

Crown B Ranch & Performance Horses

Reason # 545,678,324 to keep that back cinch snug!!!! If you don’t keep it snuggled up to your horse... it does no good, & can get you in a major wreck. You are better off with out it if it’s not used correctly!!!! My PSA for the day! I see loose cinches all the time hanging down. Not a good idea! 🧐🙈 (good grief everything turns into a “debate” the point is keep it snug or take it off) 👌🏼 Thank You zoom in experts. This Can still happen lol. The leg is not through the cinch...



Due to our new clinic schedule we are having to move our Rancho La Rosa clinic back a few hours and this will unfortunately be the last one for awhile. The new time is
Saturday February 23rd @ Rancho La Rosa from 5-6 pm

We do apologize for any inconvenience. Please let us know if you have any questions.

Nice day for lessons

Nice day for lessons

Equine Solutions

Equine Solutions

Did you know?

Pulling on the tail stretches not only the tail, but also the back, and it can give you a good indication of how your horse's back is feeling. A horse with a sore back and/or nerve impingement will clamp his tail and resist any upward tail movement by his handler, so take note of reactions as you perform these stretches.

Do you do tail stretches on your horse?

The Back Tack

The Back Tack

Today’s #mistakesmonday is about going back to two hands too soon leaving a barrel. Using your saddle horn for the the right amount of time is extremely important.

Ty-Lisa Mitchell explains the wrong and right way to leave a barrel.

Tammie Rodgers Muckelroy Ken Muckelroy

Keystone Equine

Keystone Equine

Parents, one thing I see a lot of in 4H, Pony Club and private lessons is the pulling of kids from good programs whenever the going gets tough. I wish that parents, who only want what’s best for their children, weren’t quite so quick to interfere.

Your child has a poor lesson and comes home in tears… your child has to sweep the aisle while other kids fool around… your child is assigned the unpopular horse (again)… your child is struggling and nobody seems to care… your child has to ride without stirrups… your child’s lesson horse isn’t ready and she’s told to walk out and catch him….

Your child doesn’t win on the weekend and she has to smile while other kids boast… your child is spoken to sharply when she is just trying to lighten the mood… your child isn’t the star of the barn but her best friend is….

Yes, all these things hurt.

As a parent of now grown children, I can honestly say, this is life. Not everyone will love your kids and support them. There are no prizes for half-hearted efforts, no rewards for being lazy or rude. We tell our children to dream big but we forget to tell them that they will have to work hard, too.

Next time it’s feeling rough at the barn and your child wants to switch or quit, please don’t let the tail wag the dog! Have the courage and conviction to make your child see it through. Agree on a deadline in a few months or next year and if she still hates it, she can switch to another barn or the saxophone.

Meanwhile, you are fighting for your child’s character. I know, kids still need an environment promoting safety and fun, but perseverance and an ability to roll with the punches are skills worth fighting for!

These are such hard lessons, but they MUST be learned. Life skills need practicing, too.

Burleson Rodeo Teams

Great group of kids! Love having them out for their monthly meeting last night!

We'd like to thank Rancho La Rosa for allowing us use of their warm & spacious clubhouse to hold our team meeting tonight.

Next Level Goat Tying

Next Level Goat Tying

With the popularity of Kristin’s video I feel like it’s the perfect time to address an issue that I see often at clinics and in private lessons. I hear it all too often, “I came because I want to tie like Mia.” Then there are the parents who brig their kids to clinics who want their kids to be the next Mia. I’m sure now I’ll hear Kristin’s name pop up a bit more now, as it should. These kids and parents want to be tying consistent mid 6’s before lunch the first day of the clinic. I really wish that’s how it worked it then everyone would be tying goats! If only it were that easy!

I’m all about goat setting but kids and parents are watching these smoking fast runs and I don’t think they understand exactly how these girls got there...and how they stay there. You need to be very tough (sore muscles, hurt knees, and sprained ankles are part of the game), you need a support system (coaches, parents, and friends who push you to be your best), and small herd of goats (different breeds and sizes of course!) in order to compete in the top levels of this event. And most of all PATIENCE because this won’t happen overnight! Slow work, drills, dismounting dummy, horse slow work, more drills for muscle memory, are all part of it...every practice...no matter how good or old you are!

One of the most important things these girls possess, I can’t teach in one, or even ten clinics. Sure you can learn the techniques but what I can’t teach everyone is their work ethic. These girls have been working very hard since a very young age. Mia was in 4th grade when she started tying with me. We’ve spent many hot days, freezing cold nights, & Hell weeks in the practice pen. Mia played almost every sport which contributed greatly to her speed and athleticism. She would tie goats until she was missing skin on her fingers, wrap them in electrical tape and go back to it. There were days we had to force her to leave the practice pen. Mia was very small through junior high and tying did not come easy for her back then. Then there was the transition to Casper and it wasn’t an easy one. It took over a year and at least a bucket full of tears for her to be able to finally be able to step off of him without falling. There were days when she couldn’t catch her flank and things would not go her way. Those hard days were the days she really got better and developed the mental toughness that makes her a great competitor. And there are still those days in the practice pen when things aren’t going her way. The bad news is that just because you win a national championship, it’s not going to be all smooth sailing going forward. That’s where the real work begins. You have to work on being better than you were when you won that championship because hundreds of girls are out there working on being better than you.

It’s no different with Kristin. When Kristin attended her first clinic she was having trouble flanking consistently due to the fact that she was not being correct with her elbows and it was causing her to turn her goat. They say old habits die hard and thats especially true when it comes to keeping your elbows correct because it’s something she has had to work very hard on for the last few years. Many people have remarked about that beautiful mare that Kris rides and how well she works. It’s taken a lot of work over the past 2 YEARS from Kristin to get that mare working consistently and then a lot of runs for a Kristin to be able to trust her. There were no shortcuts to training ol’ Shortcut that’s for sure! She tried about every trick in the book but Kristen took her time, listened to advice, and it’s paid off for her. Confidence is a huge factor in this event and if you don’t have confidence in yourself and/or your horse, you will never be a serious competitor. There have been many phone calls, texts and videos passed back and forth and trips to Louisiana (or wherever a clinic might be) to get Kristin and her mare where they are now. She had to develop not only the ability to perform but the confidence to compete at that level. She has worked very hard on both the technical and mental aspects of her game and she deserves every penny she’s won.

That’s the thing I love about the goat tying is that every time someone wins, you know that somewhere along the way that person put in the work to earn that win. Another thing I love is that no matter how good you are, this event will keep you humble.

And on that note, for all of the little girls watching these videos saying you want to do that and parents saying you want your kids to win, realize some of your runs are going to look like THIS video...and thats ok as long as you get up and keep on trying! This was Kristin’s scorpion just last week before the jackpot but she got up and she kept on trying...and then she broke records.

Willoway Farm, Inc.

Willoway Farm, Inc.

So very true.....

Courtenay DeHoff TV

Courtenay DeHoff TV

They never had to create a movement to break the glass ceiling. You see, by the time a movement became a thing, they had already shattered it.

On this #InternationalGirlsDay I tip my hat to a rare breed of girls.


We will be hosting the AYA fall festival again this year on Oct 27! Need the rain to ease up so we will be dry enough!


We now have a run available at barn! These don't last long!

Barrel Horse News
Barrel Horse News

Barrel Horse News

Windpuffs are typically harmless, but they can also be a warning sign of an underlying problem with your horses' legs. Read on to learn more about these mysterious blemishes: http://bhnmag.co/2cuqgmi
#Windpuffs #Lameness #YourHorsesHealth #BarrelHorseNews #YourSportYourMagazine

Fitting the Rider to a Helmet

Fitting the Rider to a Helmet

Have you thought about getting a helmet for your riding? Getting fitted properly is the first step. In Part 1 of our Helmet series we speak to a certified he...

The Back Tack

The Back Tack

Let's talk cinches.
Having a poor fitting cinch can interfere with your horses performance; it can lead to soreness or cause the saddle to roll even when it's tightened properly.

Many times people make the mistake of riding with too long of a cinch. Your cinch should NOT be touching your saddle pad. A good rule to follow is having 8 inches between your cinch buckle and saddle rigging on both sides when the saddle is tightened. Always be sure that the D rings used to hook your breast collar and back cinch to are centered between the horses front legs. If your cinch is off center your horses back will pay the price and become sore most of the time.
To measure your horse for a cinch, place the saddle on your horse and measure from one rigging to the other going underneath your horse then subtract 16 inches (giving you 8 inches on each side). This will give you the length your cinch needs to be. Every horse is different, this is why I prefer to measure all of my horses and get a custom hand made mohair cinch from Josh's mohair gear for each horse I'm competing on.
Once you find out the length your cinch should be you are left to decide what type to use. My preference is 100% Mohair. I have found mohair to be ideal since it is easy to clean, is breathable, conforms to the horse, is all natural, soft to the touch and will last. Any time I am deciding on something to use on my horse I think about how it will feel to them. When I look at a neoprene girth I imagine pulling that across my hair or wearing it in the heat and decide against that type of material.

With that said, no matter what cinch you choose, be sure it is the right size. A good cinch will allow your horse to have the opportunity to preform to its best ability!

This is one hard-working kid she's come along way in  her racing in a very short amount of time. Super proud of you Hayl...

This is one hard-working kid she's come along way in her racing in a very short amount of time. Super proud of you Haylie!

One of the ranch kids and her year end saddle for Brat! It's her first year barrel racing training her own horses during lessons!

One of the ranch kids and her year end saddle for Brat! It's her first year barrel racing training her own horses during...

One of the ranch kids and her year end saddle for Brat! It's her first year barrel racing training her own horses during lessons!

Rockin Rooster Western Resale. LLC

Rockin Rooster Western Resale. LLC

We have several kids boots to choose from.
Come out and see us!
3101 N Main St Cleburne

Just a few of the ranch kids that placed at finals Elizabeth won first on barrels and 3rd in poles. Emily won first in f...

Just a few of the ranch kids that placed at finals Elizabeth won first on barrels and 3rd in poles. Emily won first in flags 3 on barrels and poles and got reserve all around! We have more but need to get pics! It was a GREAT year!

South Coast Sport Horses LLC

South Coast Sport Horses LLC

Quick Tip:
Never turn a wet horse out to pasture. The sun can heat the water to very high temperatures and cause your horse to overheat. Always scrape your horse off, dry their legs, and let them dry off in the shade before turning them loose. We step it up and let pur horses dry off and cool down in front of our big barn fan before turn out. The certainly appreciate it!
As always, feel free to share!

UofMN did a fabulous project on properly caring for hot horses and horses in hot climates. I encourage yall to check it out!


Second Edit:
Its been brought to my attention that this picture is being shared to discourage the use of misting systems. Folks, this post is geared to hot horses being rinsed off after work, and horses in very humid areas where the water wont evaporate quickly. Misting systems are GOOD. They will not drench your horses coat, and the mist will evaporate quickly.
There are several sources shared throughtout the comments backing this post up, and I will provide the links here as well. Im thrilled to see so many people gaining knowledge and digging deeper. In fact, I even love that people question it. I encourage you to research before jumping to conclusions in ALL cases, not just horse care. Lastly, we do not share these tips as a scare tactic by any means. The only goal is to help people become better, stronger horsemen.

First edit:
Wow, this post has been shared almost 400 times! Most of yall have found this advice helpful, and that is excellent. That is why we do our quick tips, to pass along some of the knowledge I have picked up during the last 25 years of working with horses. For whatever reason, this post seems to bring a lot of questions, and some people evem arguing that its wrong. This post is geared towards the rinse off after a work out horses, and horses in very humid areas that will not dry quickly. If your horse is hanging out in the pasture and it rains, he will be fine. Your horses temperature is only one of several reasons you should scrape the water off, and it is by far the most important. Another big reason is to prevent fungus or skin irritations like "Scratches", a fungus that shows up on your horses legs, or rain rot, which can happen all over your horses body. These are only two examples, but are not only preventable, but time consuming to eliminate once they have appeared.
I am sad that people want to get snarky, or argue over hypotheticals, as this advice we share is thought out, studied, experiencec, and accurate, and most of all, we just want to help people become better horsemen. If you have a problem with this advice, you can simply move on as rude comments will not be tolerated.
We hope everyone is enjoying their summer so far, and staying cool in this Texas heat!


7412 E FM 917
Alvarado, TX


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