"Oakzanita is the best place to board! I love it because there is an
unlimited amount of miles of trails to ride on. There are so many people
to ride with if you don't want to go it alone. The care my horse gets is
excellent and I never have to worry!"
Ever since I have brought my horses to Oakzanita Ranch, magic has appeared! My horses
are not only happier and healthier... I am too!
Tucked away from the Hwy 79, Oakzanita Ranch is nestled in a quiet, Old Western Movie-like setting. Surrounded by beautiful California oak trees, rolling hills and
mountainous views, the ranch has all the amenities I can dream for my horses....
a pasture to share, dependable feeding schedule, arena, round pens, longing areas,
lessons, endless riding trails in all directions... and most of all... genuine
HOSPITALITY from Bernie & Peggy Martin!!!
There are also many styles of horsemanship here, so all levels of horse and rider
are welcome! (-:
I am writing to let everyone know that I feel Oakzanita Ranch is the next best place for your horse to live if they cannot live at your own home. Not only are all of the horses well fed, wormed, and attended to, there are ample places to ride.
When I fell off of my horse last December and rode back to the Ranch, Peggy came to my rescue along with another nice boarder. Peggy not only helped to calm me down but taught me a new technique using a tapping method, which aided in reducing my pain and difficulty in breathing. I felt safe with her. Peggy is a well trained professional and a great lady. An added bonus to keeping a horse at Oakzanita are all of the nice boarders and events that occur.
Bernie and Peggy are true horsemen and are
always concerned about both "man and beast"
alike. I admire their knowledge, kindness, and
their sincerity. I no longer board my horse at Oakzanita, but Peggy still keeps me up to date with her Ranch e-mails.
Thank you Peggy and Bernie.
With great admiration,
I have only owned my latest horse since November 2005. I live in Alpine and first
boarded him at the Lazy A Ranch here in town. I was upset when I learned the Lazy
A was being shut down January 1, 2006. I had known that Bernie and Peggy had a
place in Descanso for quite sometime and made the decision to move Harley there.
From the moment he was unloaded from the trailer it was apparent that he liked his
new digs. Oakzanita cares not only for the happiness of its boarders but more
importantly the health and care of my horse. The people who board here are very
friendly and helpful. The ability to ride the 125 miles of trails is unmatched.
If you need advice or additional training for your horse, this is the place. I
could not be any happier with my place at Oakzanita.
I'll never forget the day I found Oakzanita. I
had just happened to read an ad in Riding
Magazine about a boarding facility in
Cuyamaca. I had wanted to move my horse into
the mountains, but couldn't find a facility that
suited my horse and me. After reading the
article, I called and spoke with Peggy. I felt
very comfortable talking with her, and decided I
needed to see this place in the mountains. I
drove up there with a friend, and when i stepped
out of my truck, I knew that I had come home.
As I wandered around the facility, I noted how
clean and well-cared for the horses and corrals
were. I then had the privilege of meeting
Bernie. He was very kind and welcoming.
Both Peggy and Bernie took my little family into
their open arms and have since taken great care
of us. My horse has always had a wonderful home
there. His corral is kept tidy. He is well fed
(without being over-fed). Peggy stops by and
chats with him, and Bernie has taken the time to
work with him to overcome his fear of men.
Oliver has become a better horse because of
these two gentle people.
The atmosphere at Oakzanita is friendly and
nurturing. The air is clean, with a soft breeze
rustling through the trees. There are miles of
gorgeous trails to ride on, that can be accessed
right out of the back gate. I don't think
you'll find a more peaceful, friendly ranch
around. I am so blessed to have found such an
amazing sanctuary. I am also ever grateful to
Peggy and Bernie for their friendship and
support. Oliver, Sara and I are very lucky.
I tried a few places before. I have no doubt,
“Oakzanita Ranch” is the best.
I like it, my horse love it, the price is right
and…there are the 160 miles trails of the
Cuyamaca Rancho State Park.
What else I’m looking for?
Having boarded at Oakzanita
Ranch for over five years, I cannot express enough
my appreciation for the support and education given
so freely to me as a first time horse owner. My
horse, which quickly grew to horses, had lots of
room to “be horses”. I was constantly informed of
their physical and mental well being and could take
advantage of the regular vet, immunizations,
chiropractic, or clinics offered through the ranch.
The trail riding possibilities out of the ranch
continue to provide many wonderful experiences for
my husband and me. My thanks.....
Vickie M. Cottle
Oakzanita Ranch is the perfect facility for
riders that love to ride the Cuyamaca Rancho State
Park trails. The ranch's location adjacent to the
park is wonderful as is the care of the horses, the
variety of accommodations, and the many amenities.
Here is Spirit’s “testimonial”
told by me.
I moved my horse to Oakzanita Ranch in January ‘05.
Being a new resident to the East County, I had no
idea where I was going to board my horse. He had
been boarded in the Del Mar area for the last 15+
years. I needed a facility close by that provided
excellent care and had trails for riding. My
neighbor referred me to Oakzanita Ranch. She had
moved her horse there several months prior. I
visited the ranch late in the evening. I was
impressed with the cleanliness of the grounds and
corrals. The layout of the ranch allows for horses
to have contact with other horses or be separated.
My horse is a Wild Horse adopted by me 25 years ago
as a 15 month old stallion. He is now visually
impaired: he has only one eye and can only see
contrasts of light and dark with that eye. New
places are extremely unnerving to him and it takes
at least a month for him to acclimate to the new
scents and surroundings. On the day of the move, my
horse, who does not trailer well, walked right into
the trailer! (I had been telling him about Oakzanita
Ranch and how it was almost like going home to Mt.
Shasta where he was born.) After more than an hour
travel time, he departed from the trailer without me
leading him but the driver, he walked out calmly,
accessed the grounds with no snorts, “pawing”, or
prancing (highly unusual for him), and proceeded to
find the nearest green grass and began grazing. He
splashed in the stream that ran through the grounds
and appeared to be right at home. I stood there
watching him astounded but very elated. He walked
into his new corral and proceeded to find the hay
left for him after I showed him where the automatic
water bowl was located. If he could talk, he
probably would have said, “MOM! I’m not stupid! I
can smell and hear fine. I don’t need your help!" He
checked out his new neighbors with no fanfare and
went back to eating.
Peggy and Bernie keep a watchful eye out for all the
horses. My horse is an easy keeper and after many
months of good quality and quantity of hay fed, his
weight began to show. To his dismay, they
immediately put him on diet, he slimmed down.
The access to miles and miles of trails is
incredible. Spirit is not relying on the other
horses to lead the way. He is excited to in the
lead, especially up the steep hills. The streams are
an added bonus for him. Our vet visited him in
September and stated that the only way he would have
known it was Spirit was because of his missing eye.
He also stated that he hasn’t seen him look this
good since we were in full training.
There are many factors that make Oakzanita Ranch a
great boarding facility from the human perspective.
But I think Spirit, straight from the horse’s mouth,
communicates it all perfectly.
Danielle Belliveau and Free Spirit
Oakzanita Ranch Peggy
and Bernie Martin
11190 Hwy 79, Descanso, CA 91916 619-445-1289
Email Oakzanita Ranch