Welcome to Kalimar Farms Equestrian School

Kalimar Farms Equestrian School is located in beautiful Rancho Sante fe in San Diego county.

We are a full service equestrian facility. We offer lessons for adults and children, and boarding.

We are here for the beginner or an advanced rider, whether you have your own horse, or are just getting started. Plus we have our own wonderful schooling horses.

We offer a clean, safe and fun environment for everyone!


We are located in San Diego county, close to the Del Mar racetrack in Rancho Sante fe and we are a full service facility. Large Boarding Facility in the North County Area of San Diego (Del Mar/Rancho Sante Fe/Fairbanks).

We have 24 Indoor box stalls at 12 x 12 bedded with shavings cleaned twice daily. There are also four box stalls at 12 x 16 with a partially covered walk-out also cleaned twice daily.

All stalls have automatic waterers.

Indoor wash rack with HOT and cold water.

40 Pipe corrals…all partially covered 12 x 24 and some 24 x 24 cleaned once daily and if time permits twice per day.

Water is checked daily and the containers are kept clean for your horse.

Feed: Alfalfa and Bermuda grass are available.

All horses are checked daily …any medical problems are rapidly accessed with notification to you and if required, the vet.

For an extra fee the following services are available to you:
Blanketing, turn-outs, hand walking.  We can also feed your horse supplements (provided by you) if needed.

Riding Arenas: Three large fenced arenas with washed sand footing and one  fenced bull pen.

There are trails nearby. We are close to Show Facilities. The Helen Woodward Horse Clinic ( Hospital) is  only minutes away.

Lesson and Training Programs are available to you;  we also have a

Schooling  Program with our own lesson horses for the beginner rider.  We teach English style ( Hunter /Jumper training).

We can arrange for Horse Leases and help you locate a suitable mount
for your riding abilities.

Need a Vet or Farrier?  We know and work with several that will provide your horse with the professional care you expect.

Serving the Equestrian Community in San Diego Since 1983.

Managing COPD

When a horse develops chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, it is often referred to as recurrent airway obstruction or heaves. This is actually a common condition that can impact horses, donkeys, and ponies of all different ages and breeds. However, COPD in horses is something that will mainly take place in the wintertime.

This is an allergic disease of the horse’s lungs, which will lead to the airways becoming constricted and making it much more difficult for the horse to breathe. Because of this, the horse could end up breathing deeper and faster than normal or even cough. While some cases are mild, there can be others that will become severe and even lead to more permanent damage to the lungs.

There are a number of substances that horses can be allergic to, with the more common substances being fungal spores that can develop on their straw or hay. This is why you will normally see that the COPD will develop in the winter when they are spending a great deal of time in their barns, stables or arenas.

A COPD diagnosis for a horse can usually be done upon examination and any signs that are reported by the horse’s owner. It is always advised that a horse that is suspected of having COPD is scoped so that a lungwash can be done to take a small amount of fluid for further testing. horse lungThis is something that could also be required if there seems to be some sort of secondary infection in the lungs of the horse.

Proper COPD Management

One crucial element of proper treatment of COPD in a horse is to make sure that dust levels are kept to a minimum. If possible, the horse should be turned out year-round with a field shelter. If not, the dust that is in the stable could be reduced by offering vacuum packed hay, quality haylage, or high quality hay that has been soaked for about half an hour. Hard feed may also be easily dampened by adding just a little bit of water before feeding time.

Adding in rubber matting to the barn may also be a great alternative for dust-free bedding. BedMax material and shredded paper are also nearly free of dust. However, you need to keep in mind that shavings will also be a bit less dusty than using straw. If you do end up using straw, you need to go with a higher quality so that you have a chance at much less dust being present. As always, a barn or stable that is clean and free of cobwebs with plenty of good ventilation will be ideal.

While working with your veterinarian, the or she may prescribe a bronchodilator to help widen the airways for your horse and to help with breathing. If it seems as though the condition has gotten too severe or the horse is not responsive to the treatments, it may be necessary for there to be a course of corticosteroid injections or tablets to help open up the airways. Research has shown that the inhalers that are used today are good for long-term use and are safe for horses.

Horse owners should also know that when it comes to COPD in horses, there is also a summer form that can be a bit more difficult to treat. If the horse is allergic to pollens in the warmer months, they are hard to avoid and may need more aggressive treatment. No matter what season it is or the age of your horse, you need to be sure that you are able to stay on top of a clean living environment and diligent with all treatments that are suggested or prescribed by the veterinarian.