n our daily ranch work, we strive to use horses rather than trucks and trailers. Rarely do we trailer our horses out to pastures to work our cattle; we simply ride out earlier in the mornings to get the work done. We feel that being out on horseback is the best way to keep in tune with the land: the wildlife; moisture conditions; and special needs such as exotic weeds, erosion or an out-of-the-way fence or gate that needs repair. Furthermore, we enjoy riding a good horse, and a good horse can only be made by riding it consistently.
The Chico is also home to the Ranchlands Horse Company, which breeds and raises registered quarter horses for work on our ranches and for sale to others. Our goal is to create the best remuda we possibly can. Our studs and brood mares are selected carefully based on disposition, athleticism, and livestock sense. We also strive to create a string of horses that can work long days on a ranch and thrive on native pasture with minimal supplemental feed. We train all of our colts here on the ranch, from halter and saddle-breaking through more advanced conditioning. For more information on our program or to inquire about horses, please contact us.