I’ve talked about the lack of beach riding access for equestrians previously on Writing Horseback. Not only are horse owners and ranch riders finding it more difficult to go horseback riding at public stables, the idea of riding horses on the beach is typically left to countries outside of the United States. Instead, our open space gives way to housing developments and shopping centers. On a positive note, four of the five places I review to go horseback riding on the beach are situated in California.
Cayucos is a small beach town located on California’s central coast. Beginning and experienced riders are able to go horseback riding on the beach near Morro Bay with Outback Trail Rides.
Half Moon Bay is a great place to ride horses on the beach. Adventure seekers should dress warm, as the wind off the Pacific Ocean can often bring a chill to shore, along with pounding surf.
Truth be told, I’m a Carmel wannabe. When I grow up, I want to live in Carmel, California – land of beautiful beaches and wealthy people. But as the saying goes, “bloom where you’re planted.” My roots are firmly planted in the San Francisco bay area and it is a beautiful place to live and ride horses. Another gorgeous place to ride horses is Pebble Beach in Monterey County. The Pebble Beach Equestrian Center offers trail rides to the general public and hosts horse shows and polo matches.
One of the best rides of my life was on Ten Mile Beach in Fort Bragg, California. I was visiting Mendocino for a travel article and asked a local if there was horseback riding offered in the area. I was directed to Ricochet Ridge Ranch and am forever grateful for that piece of travel advice. This ranch offers riding in the forest and on the beach in the same day!
Do you enjoy horseback riding on the beach? Do you have any recommendations for places to ride horses on the beach? I’d love to hear about your favorite riding experiences.