Few Thoroughbred operations in California
have the size and facilities comparable to those of E.A. Ranches. Situated in the fertile hills above Ramona, 60 miles east of Del Mar, the ranch encompasses 1,000 acres and is designed for maximum spaciousness, safety, efficiency, and beauty. The rolling pastures lined with dark wooden fences remind visitors immediately of Kentucky, and provide mares and foals with lots of grass and plenty of room to run and play. Turnout options range in size from individual grass paddocks to 20-acre pastures for multiple mares and foals, with the largest fields averaging 10 or fewer horses.
Close to their respective due dates, pregnant mares at E.A. Ranches spend the nights inside and under the watchful eye of an experienced foaling crew. Two broodmare and foaling barns offer a total of 26 comfortable box stalls, including oversized foaling quarters right next to the fully equipped vet room. And just across the aisle are spacious stalls housing mares with newborn foals.
After foaling, mares and foals at E.A. Ranches are initially turned out in individual grass pastures during the daytime. While mares with newborn foals always spend the first few nights inside the barn, the stall accommodation period can be extended as needed depending on the weather situation and the specific circumstances of each pair.
Approximately two weeks after foaling, the pairs are gradually moved to larger fields where they are introduced to sharing the pasture with more mares and foals. Although the mares and foals now typically stay outside day and night, the team at E.A. Ranches prides itself that daily handling of the foals is continued through their entire weanling and yearling year.