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 are shipped to a breeding farm of the respective mare owner’s choosing, typically the farm where the stallion stands to whom the mare will be bred back to. Upon return to E. A. Ranches, mares and foals are initially turned out in individual grass pastures. Then 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 typically stay outside day and night, the team at E.A. Ranches prides itself that daily handling of the foals is paramount and continued through their entire weanling and yearling year. In addition, depending on the weather situation and the specific circumstances of each pair, spacious stall accommodation in one of the big barns or the shaded mare motel pens can be offered at any time and as needed.