El Camino Ranch has cared for a growing family of Arabian horses since 1983, when it was founded with a mission to help people connect with the intelligent creatures. The ranch itself traces its origins back even further—to the early 1950s, when Bill and LaVesta Locklin started a farm and began to grow oranges and tomatoes against the scenic backdrop of the San Bernardino Mountain range.
Today, LaVesta’s son, Scott, and her granddaughter, Vandi, continue to look after the facilities, showering their horses with affection and treating them to a healthy daily schedule of riding with guests, participating in shows, and munching on fresh treats from the orange grove. During lessons, the trainers guide students through riding techniques and teach them the basics of equine grooming, tacking, and health care. They also organize a special series of “Pony Pal” lessons for children as young as 3, saving the horses the indignity of galloping around with training wheels glued to their haunches.
The thoroughly vetted staff members at Scrubs Pet Care all have more than 10 years of animal-care experience and have passed background and future checks to earn the title of pet caretaker. During sessions in the salon or in mobile grooming trailers, skilled groomers pamper dogs and cats, taking care to trim their nails, brush their teeth, and track down split ends with baths and haircuts. Cage-free overnight boarding and doggy daycare services keep dogs and cats in comfort while pet owners are at work, on vacation, or adding a jacuzzi to the doghouse.
The staff of veterinarians and pet-care specialists at Animal Medical Center of Redlands caters to animals' every need with medical services, grooming, and boarding facilities. Vets tend to pets with services that range from dental cleaning and nutritional advice to medical and surgical procedures. Dogs visiting the boarding facilities frolic through a large lawn in the day and retire to comfy bedding at night, whereas cats snuggle up in kitty condos.