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5 Places to Ride Horses on California Beaches

With wind whipped hair flying, the smell of sea salt tickles your nose. Beach-goers stop and wave as you ride by on horseback. Here are five places to ride on the beach for sea horse lovers.

Where To Get Equestrian with Guided Trail Rides, Lessons and More In The Bay Area

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Whether you're a bareback champion or a wishful greenhorn, the Skyline Equestrian Center and Ranch in the Oakland Hills is the perfect place for learning the basics of horseback riding. Starting at $40, group and individual lessons cover English-style riding, as well as tacking, grooming, and handling. More advanced equestrians learn how to take on dressage and some jumping techniques. 5750 Redwood Road, Oakland, 510-336-0850, skyline-ranch.com

Where to Horseback Ride Within 1.5 Hours of SF

If you feel yourself wanting to ditch the cars, buses, trains and hustle, and calm down a little bit, might we suggest a leisurely horseback ride? Here are a few of our favorite spots to saddle up, hitch a ride on the back of a horse to soak in the beauty of the Bay Area.

Garrod Farms, in the Saratoga Foothills near San Jose

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