Aside from Breeding and Training,
E.A. Ranches early on also earned a reputation as one of the best facilities in California for freshening or to rehab an injured racehorse. As the runners of the late owner, Ernest Auerbach, would regularly come to the ranch – for lay-ups or to receive specialized care and treatment – only to return to the track winning, the word spread quickly: To this day many prominent trainers and owners sent their horses to E.A. Ranches, where they are nursed back to health or just enjoy a few months off.
The highly skilled staff has many years experience in caring for post-surgical horses that require not only full-time stall rest but also the meticulous administration of medications and treatments. The full range of conservative techniques like hydro-therapy, poultices, wraps or open wound care are offered,
as well as cutting edge treatments, adjustments and follow-up diagnostics by a vet.
Trainers who send horses to E.A. Ranches just for freshening and to give them a break from the track, have the choice of individual pastures, smaller grass paddocks or runs with special footing in various sizes.
After an injury has healed and the horse is cleared by the veterinarian, E.A. Ranches offers a controlled hand-walking and light exercise program. Then prior to returning to the track, horses can be legged-up at E.A. Ranches’ training facility and its unique, well-groomed three-mile jogging trail, which winds up and down the hillside. As an additional conditioning resource, this trail provides an excellent physical and mental break from the routine at the track and has been credited with the successful rehabilitation of numerous older racehorses.