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Welcome to Oakzanita Ranch

Oakzanita Ranch is located at the south entrance to Cuyamaca Rancho State Park on State Highway 79 in Descanso, California, just 45 minutes east of downtown San Diego. Ride from Oakzanita Ranch directly onto the network of park trails, as well as 8 miles of private trails.

We offer complete boarding facilities for your horse.  Miles of trails, an arena and round pens, a variety of corrals, paddocks, and pastures for you and your horse/s'  enjoyment. 

Our mission is to offer a peaceful, safe environment for the wellbeing of you and your horse.

Harry Whitney  is coming to Oakzanita January 26-29, 2013 -  An opportunity to study horsemanship with a master horseman.

Clinic site has been moved to Imagine Farms, 23388 Bell Bluff Truck Trail, Alpine CA   Directions: Interstate 8 to Japatul Rd. South 1.6 miles. Right on Bell Bluff Truck Trail .8 miles to metal gate. Follow signs to clinic area.  8:00-5:00 Saturday through Tuesday. Bring chair, lunch, layers. Covered area with heaters.

Click here to visit Harry's Website Harry has been featured in Equus Magazine, The Whole Horse Journal, and other publications. Harry Whitney clinics enjoy the enthusiastic recommendation of a wide variety of breeding farms and professionals in the horse industry, including people involved in cutters, reiners, Paso Finos, Peruvians, Icelandic Horses, Foxtrotters, Arabians, Quarter Horses, endurance, dressage, and High School and therapeutic riding.  Tom Moates has written several books featuring Harry's methods.

"So often, we focus on what the horse is doing, and miss the fact that the horse's mind will affect what he does and how he does it. If we give attention to the horse - how he is feeling in the moment, where his thought is and offer him the help he is looking for -many of the things we thought were problems will be cleared up."   Harry Whitney

Below are several Harry Whitney reports in word documents.


Lessons and Training

Peggy Martin is an ARIA certified riding instructor offering individual and group lessons, specializing in recreational riding and building confidence in riders. 

Building Rider Confidence

Bernie and Peggy occasionally take horses into brief training to work on improving a horse and rider partnership.  Bernie especially enjoys helping a horse gain confidence on the trail.

Find out more information on lessons and training.

Equine Stress Control Therapy


A remarkable approach to help your flighty, worried horse be calm and settled, from the inside out. Equine Stress Control Therapy is based on human treatments for anxiety, trauma, stress and phobias. 

Learn how to heal horses’ traumas.  Workshops and individual sessions available to teach you how to apply ESCT with your horse's "issues".

Find out more information.

Horse Person/ality Assessment People and their horses are in a relationship just as surely as couples are. People and horses have personality traits, history/experiences, and training/knowledge which affect their relationship. Horse Person/ality Assessment, developed by Peggy Martin, uses personality psychology adapted for horses to evaluate the "match" of you and your horse or a prospective horse.  Increase the quality of your relationship with your horse by knowing more about the factors which shape your interaction. Increase the likelihood of an enjoyable, safe, fun partnership by selecting a horse suited to your personality. Contact Peggy for more information.

Through the Eye of a Horse    Pegasus Center offers retreats, workshops, sessions for individuals, families, groups, and organizations.  The horse is a way to connect to yourself and each other.  The horse provides a mirror to your soul.  Contact Peggy for more information.


Oakzanita Ranch  Peggy and Bernie Martin

11190 Hwy 79, Descanso, CA 91916 619-445-1289

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Harry Whitney
Clinic Reports

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