By Janis Mork
October 23, 2013 (El Cajon)- Rocking Horse Ranch has been in business since 2006, and now its operators are asking for help to help save the property. The ranch pairs up troubled horses with abused and neglected children, and in time, both child and horse learn to heal.
ECM recently sat down with founder and executive director, Kathy Plaisted to learn more.
She told us that the ranch is special because “it is such a unique environment.. .We bring horses that come from troubled backgrounds and pair them up with people who have suffered as well.. We’re volunteer driven and serve over 500 people each month. We rehabilitate [the horses], work with kids, adopt the horses to forever homes, and bring in another one.”
By Janis Mork
September 13, 2013 (San Diego)- At Wednesday’s meeting, Supervisors approved the tiered equine ordinance 4-0 with Supervisor Greg Cox absent. Amendments by Supervisor Jacob allow riding lessons in Tier 1 as well as in Tiers 2 and 3. Lighting specifications were also added to Tier 1.
Supervisors Dianne Jacob and Bill Horn proposed the ordinance over two years ago.
“One of the reasons we did this is we heard from constituents that our equine ordinance was out of date, preventing the equine industry from thriving in our community,” Vice Chair Jacob said, adding that the new tiered ordinance will “streamline the process and reduce costs to consumers” for stabling horses yet still protect surrounding property owners and preserve the “culture of our backcountry.”
Supervisor Horn said he believed it’s “important to do this,” noting, “There aren’t as many horses anymore… They’re a big part of the community.”
By Miriam Raftery
March 24, 2013 (Ramona) –“It all started with my horses,” Tammy Rimes told ECM at the grand opening of Hacienda de las Rosas Winery’s new Mission-style tasting room in Ramona.
In addition to Spanish-style wines, the opening featured dazzling displays of horsemanship, including riders in Peruvian-style attire demonstrating the Peruvian Paso breed’s unique gait, steady ride ( riders carried glasses of champagne as they rode) and a “Marinera” dance that includes a stallion, rider, and dancer with swirling skirts. (View video of the Marinera dance.)
April 7, 2012 (San Diego County) -- The starving animals rescued from a Campo ranch by County of San Diego Animal Services last December are now ready to be placed into new homes. The livestock includes 10 sheep, 5 goats, 6 cattle, 11 llamas, and 6 horses. Most of the animals may be viewed at the County Shelter in Bonita at 5821 Sweetwater Road, 91902. Four sheep are being housed at the County Shelter in Carlsbad at 2481 Palomar Airport Road, 92011 and can be viewed there.
August 21, 2011 (Rancho San Diego) – A buffet brunch with live music will be held at Hooleys Irish Pub in Rancho San Diego from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. today to help raise money for Saving Horses, Inc., a 501(c)3 nonprofit horse rescue. The organization rescues horses from slaughter, abuse and neglect.
July 14, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) – East County Roundup highlights top stories of interest to East County and our region, published in other media. Latest Roundup headlines include:
- County may enact tiered ordinance for small horse operations (Santee Patch)
- El Cajon reaches agreement with police (San Diego Union-Tribune)
- Quiet council settles with Firefighters (La Mesa Today)
- Schools’ financial watchdog stripped of powers (Voice of San Diego)
- Legislators to introduce Caylee’s Law in wake of murder case (Sacramento)
- Local openly gay troops begin reenlisting (10 News)
- Fact check: Bill Horn’s bogus civil rights story (Voice of San Diego)
- Bid filed to end collective bargaining for state employees (Sacramento Bee)
- A Sweetwater resource, but there’s some salt in the mix (Groksurf San Diego)
- UC cashing in with out of state tuitions (San Diego Union-Tribune)
- Powerlink plagued by eagle issues, tower drops (San Diego Union-Tribune)
- A sculpture garden grows in the desert (San Diego Union-Tribune)
29 cases confirmed in U.S. including 13 in CA
Local horse shows cancelled, state quarantines imposed to stop spread
May 19, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) – Horses from across the West were exposed to a deadly new form of Equine Herpes Virus at a Utah horse show. There is no vaccine for Equine Herpes Myeloencephalopathy (EHM), which is caused by Equine Herpes Virus (EHV-1). The disease, which results in neuorological symptoms, is highly contagious and often fatal.
So far, the virus has not been reported in San Diego. But local horse experts are concerned—and horse owners are advised to take precautions.
October 3, 2010 (Boulevard) – Sacred Rocks campground and RV park in Boulevard is kicking off a new activity for its two- and four-legged friends: horse camping October 15-17. If you bring a horse, you camp for free! Or if you prefer, enjoy trail riding through beautiful backcountry scenery – all free for a day.
April 8, 2010 (San Diego)--Horses that ran rampant through the streets of Chula Vista are ready to be placed into new homes. No owner has come forward to claim the animals, which are being held at the County shelter in Bonita. Since no one has claimed the horses, County Animal Services will begin accepting applications for adoption today through April 17.
Contrary to early reports, these are not “wild” horses and all of them are easy to handle, Animal Services has concluded. The Department does not know if the horses have ever been ridden, but they certainly are comfortable around people.