Desert Horses

Welcome to my horse blog, Desert Horses. We live in the desert southwest, near Palm Springs, CA, but board our horses up in our local mountains where it is cooler in the summer. I have 5 horses, all rescues. Here is the ranch up the mountains where the horses stay, April 2014. The roses are blooming!

Thursday, May 21, 2009

red barn and road trip















































































I went on a road trip to San Diego last weekend to visit my aunt and uncle overnight. Along the way, I drove by the horse ranch that my parents owned in the 1960's. They never allowed me to have a horse, but owned the ranch for a period of years. It was their weekend getaway from the stress of working in downtown Los Angeles! The barn roof was old and falling apart, so my dad decided to put a new aluminum roof on it! I remember him wrapping a rope around his waist as he sat on top of it, nailing in the sheets of aluminum! I don't remember HOW he did the sides. Anyway, I've driven by the ranch for 30 years and watched it progress to the beautiful equestrian center, Quail Hollow Farm, that it is today. The current owners have owned it for the last 5 years and they have restored it and improved it to the beautiful ranch that it deserves to be! There are new trees and flowers and the ranch is ALIVE with horses! Back in the 60's, it was the only ranch for a long spell on that road. Now the road has been subdivided and there are houses and ranches all along it. I LOVE driving by the ranch. The fog rolls in, and there are many birds in the canyon. I drove up into the ranch Saturday afternoon and there were many cars and people there! I wandered around with my camera around my neck and the owner came by and took me for a tour. Lindy was very friendly and pleasant! So, enjoy my trip down "memory lane".

8 comments:

Laughing Orca Ranch said...

What fascinating barn and wonderful ranch. How lucky you were to have had lived there if only for a little while. It's great that it's finally being used for it true purpose, too.
~Lisa

One Red Horse said...

What a magical looking place to get so spend some of your childhood.

Nuzzling Muzzles said...

That's a nice looking ranch. You must feel fortunate to have grown up there. Too bad your parents wouldn't let you keep a horse. My parents were the same way. Half the time I couldn't even get them to let me ride a horse at a stable.

Cactus Jack Splash said...

Lovely barn

Moon-Writer said...

First off I love barns. They all have a story such as yours. I do indeed love the pictures. Thanks for taking me down your memory lane. Too cool. It must make your heart feel good seeing how well this has been kept up and loved. Awesome!

DesertHen said...

Wonderful photos. How nice for you to be able to take a tour of a place where you once lived. The barn is beautiful!

Linda said...

Gees--it's gorgeous! Can you imagine owning a ranch like that in beautiful San Diego??? Heaven!!!

I am surprised they didn't let you have a horse.

Cheryl Ann said...

Linda,
This was my parents' weekend retreat. They never sold the house in Arcadia. They actually bought it as an investment and never intended for me to ever have a horse of my own! I took riding lessons and rode friends' horses whenever I could, but I never had my own horse until I was 54 years old (young)!!!