Wrangler Erica leads equestrians on horseback in central California
Because I hadn’t been on a horse in more than a dozen years, I’d checked “beginner” on the pre-ride questionnaire, in retrospect a mistake because the ride, though pleasant, was a little too
tame. With horses as gentle as the ones here, riders with even a little competence might do well to check the questionnaire’s “intermediate” box. As Erica pointed out back at the corral post-ride, the guides are happy to tailor rides to a group’s or individual’s experience.
“The trail is pretty much the same for everybody who takes it, but there are ways to extend the ride for those whose horses walk faster,” says Erica. Given the reasonable rates ($65 an hour, $80 with a post-ride wine and cheese tasting), the cheery staffers, and the convenient location right off the highway, I’ll likely make another, more challenging pit stop the next time I’m down this way.