Well after the sun has set over the Tortolita Mountains, the world-class trainers at Crazy Heart Ranch grab the reigns under the lights of a spacious outdoor arena. When they're not riding, the horse-loving crew lends their equine knowledge to students during monthly clinics, group lessons, private lessons, and kids' camps at the Northwest Tucson ranch, where they focus on creating meaningful relationships between riders and horses. All resident instructors and horses are experienced in reining, Western and English riding styles, ranch horse versatility, and team roping. Guests can saddle up and ride on the ranch's private trails, or complement lessons with a picnic under the region's native Mesquite trees, the same trees that money doesn't grow on.
At Anthony's K-9 Academy, head trainer Anthony Holcomb calls what he does "people training for dogs." This is because dogs read their owners' body language and energy for cues on how to react. An experienced trainer, Anthony has a range of training methods in his tool belt, which he adapts depending on the dog and its owner. He holds both group and private training sessions, and will even board dogs who are especially challenged or need to be convinced there is no monster living under their beds.