Horses raised at the ranch are born in the early summer the old fashioned way with their dams as the sole attendants. They are weaned and halter broken at about 6 months of age and turned out in Elkhorn’s desert and mountainous country for a few years.
Their first training occurs at age two — a few weeks of ground work and very light riding in the round corral. As three year olds, they venture out into open country — but still no work.
As four year olds they begin several years of higher education as summer work and guide horses.