Where is Bear Valley Springs and what is the weather like?
Bear Valley Springs is a private community located in Tehachapi, CA (2 hours north of Los Angeles). The weather averages 53°/86° in the summer and 32°/52° in the winter. Annual snowfall is approximately one foot a year.
Can I visit/ride my horse?
Sure! We encourage you to come out visit your horse. If you wish to ride, we have access to beautiful trails right outside our property. If the weather is bad you can ride in the indoor arena, as well. Please contact us ahead of time so we can provide you a gate pass to enter the community.
What if my horse has dietary restrictions?
No problem. The horses are separated 1x a day when given supplements and/or extra hay, which can be customized for each horse. If your horse can no longer eat hay and needs a mash provided 2x a day we will be able to accommodate this.
What if my horse has Cushings/EMS/IR?
All the hay and supplements we feed are low in sugar and starch. During spring when the pasture grasses are the highest in sugar we limit the pasture time to only overnight and early morning for sugar sensitive horses. In the fall the horses will not have any access to pasture when the night time temperatures get below 40 degrees. During the afternoon the horses with Cushings/EMS/IR will be placed in a 4 acre dry lot with low starch low sugar hay. The dry lot is in the middle of all the pastures, so the horses can still be close to the herd and only separated by the fence line. Another option we provide is a grazing muzzle during the day.
How many horses are in the herd now?
At the moment there are 7 horses and 1 goat in the herd with ages ranging from 12 years old to 30 years old. There are 2 mares and 5 geldings.
How is my horse integrated into the herd?
All new horses are put into a 4 acre dry lot with a shelter, access to water and unlimited grass hay. The new horse will be next to the herd but separated by fencing. The next step will be adding an easy going, “been there, done that” horse to the paddock with your horse and eventually another well-mannered horse will be added. The integration process varies per horse. If your horse comes during the pasture season, it will be in the dry lot for roughly 2-3 weeks as he/she transitions to the pasture.