Ferdinand Turns Two

 The Gentle Barn just celebrated its twentieth anniversary, but that is not the only birthday we are rejoicing; our calf Ferdinand just turned two! Mostly we rescue older animals who come in fully grown. We can guess how old they are, but celebrating their exact...

Exercise Makes You Less Anxious

 Princeton University researchers have made very interesting and remarkable discoveries regarding exercise and the reduction of anxiety and stress. The studies were done with rats who exercised, and slothful rats. They found the neurons in the brains reacted...

A Family Gym for Everyone

 I’m surprised there aren’t more gyms that cater to the entire family.  Many families have multiple fitness memberships.  Maybe a woman’s only gym for Mom, a “mega gym” for Dad, a sports gym for the athlete, even memberships for martial arts, gymnastics, parkour, etc....

Why Swim Year-Round?

 Water is a unique medium that offers opportunity for everyone: Newborns, toddlers, children, teens, adults and the elderly. Swimming is the only sport one can do from first breath to last. It is a skill that saves lives; infant, child and adult. When children are...

A Celebration of 20 Years

 It feels like a lifetime, and it’s gone by in a blink. I’m so grateful to have saved animals and healed children for the last 20 years and I am excited to serve many more! What started as my 7-year-old dream became a reality when I was stopped in my tracks by a...

Another Year!

 Another shiny, new year is starting at The Gentle Barn to work with animals rescued from abuse and neglect and connect them to people who have suffered the same. This year we are hosting groups from probation camps, drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers, domestic...

The Best Back to School Tool

 The best back to school supplies can make a student feel prepared, confident and even cool.  Those great feelings from new clothes and supplies are fleeting. How long does a new outfit feel new?  How long until the new backpack is tattered, faded or even lost? Stuff...

Twenty Years

 So much has happened in twenty years, but at the same time it has gone by in a blur. Starting on a half-acre back yard and bringing animals home from an abusive petting zoo, then moving to Santa Clarita in 2003, rescuing hundreds of animals, becoming a national...

The Best Back to School Tool

 The best back to school supplies can make a student feel prepared, confident and even cool.  Those great feelings from new clothes and supplies are fleeting. How long does a new outfit feel new?  How long until the new backpack is tattered, faded or even lost? Stuff...

Water Smart Kids

 These three, easy, water safety rules just might save your child’s life. Review them early and often for a Water Smart kid! 1. Never swim alone – Always swim with a grown-up! This is the number one rule in the pool. Even a good swimmer can get a cramp or hit his head...

A Wonderful Year

 Another healing year at The Gentle Barn has come to a close and as we look back at all the children we hosted, we also look forward to another great year starting up again in a few months. Our Peace Enhancement Program runs from September through June and is host to...

Drowning Simulation for Awareness

 Last month during the Academy Swim Club Spring Swim Meet, first responders performed a drowning re-enactment to educate everyone on water safety. The whole point of this was to raise awareness for Water Safety, since most drownings occur between the months of April...

Raising Young People with Animals

 I am the owner of Oak Canyon Equestrian Center. I have been in the horse business for many years and have raised several children both my own, my nieces, my nephews, cousins, etc. I have never found anything that keeps kids more grounded than animals. Horses give...

The Gentle Barn

 Ever wanted your own cow, horse, pig, chicken, turkey, goat, or sheep? Ever met a llama or emu? Wish you could have more dogs? Ever dreamed of starting your own animal sanctuary? At The Gentle Barn you can hug cows, give pigs tummy rubs, hold chickens, cuddle...

Summer Fun at the Boys & Girls Club

 The last school bell of the year is about to ring and children in Santa Clarita can’t wait for summer break.  It’s the season of hanging out with friends and grabbing ice creams on hot days, but for many parents and guardians that means a scramble to find a place for...

How I Met Your Swim Instructor

 Who teaches your child to swim is often as important as where he takes lessons. For many kids, it’s their first experience with a teacher. Of course, you want someone with lots of training, who is Lifeguard/First Aid/CPR certified, but you also want someone who...

Surfing Sport of Kings (and of SCV Residents?)

 Every other surfer had caught a wave in, or was still paddling back out and the line-up was now empty. The swell of water that approached me with its promise of hitting the shallower sandbar and evolving into a wave that would peel to the right, sent a rush of...

Mother’s Day

On May 12, we are celebrating Mother’s Day at The Gentle Barn in the barnyard among all our Gentle mommies. We will have gifts and cards for purchase, Field Roast for lunch, cows giving hugs, turkeys giving cuddles, pigs rolling over for belly rubs, and our funny...

Healthy Horses are Happy Horses

A common condition seen in young and old horses alike is allergic Respiratory Disease. Unlike humans, horses that have allergies tend to show more flu-like symptoms and less sinus and nasal effects. Their lungs become inflamed and are more susceptible to virus and...

Summer Kids Camp

Your child has a role to play this summer at the CTG! Kids have fun, fun, fun as they learn new skills and perform on a real stage in a vibrant, working theatre with an experienced, supportive team! Small class sizes, training in multiple aspects of production…...

Water Safety Message

Reading this could save a life! Drowning is the leading cause of accidental death for children under the age of 5 in the state of California, and the second leading cause of accidental death for children under the age of 14. Education and vigilance with your children...

Birthday Parties

 It’s that time of year again! Your child’s birthday is here, and you are in a panic. But there is no need if you just follow these simple steps. First of all, don’t go overboard. You need to set up realistic expectations such as how much time you have, what your...

Jr Ninja Summer Camp

Ignition Fitness is offering a half day summer camp for children whose parents want for their kids a summer to be stimulated mentally and physically.  Ignition Fitness has been a frontrunner in youth fitness and development and now we are adding summer camps as an...

A Piggy’s Birthday

 We are having a birthday party for one of our piggies on April 21, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and we would love for you to join us. For 12 years Zeus has rolled over for tummy rubs, been gentle with little hands, given hugs to at risk, inner city, and special needs...

Gymkhana

 Here at Rainbow Ridge in Palmdale California we do so many things.  We do rides for the general public, pony rides for kids, and riding lessons.  My favorite activity here is when we go to the Acton Rangers Gymkhana.  A gymkhana is a horse competition where you...

Every Child a Swimmer by Age Three

 Living in SoCal we can’t escape backyard pools. Even if you don’t have one, chances are good that a neighbor, friend or relative does. The motto of Academy Swim Club has always been “Learn to swim… for life!” Now we’re adding another – “Every child a swimmer by...

SCV Dodger Day Tickets on Sale Now

 Tickets Start at $28 and Benefit Local Schools and Non-Profits. Dust off your mitt and step into your stirrups! The Santa Clarita City Council invites residents to purchase tickets now for the 42nd Annual City of Santa Clarita Dodger Day. Watch the two-time reigning...