Griffith Park Horse Rentals has been giving city folk the chance to amble around the park on horseback for 50 years, but that ride is coming to an end. On May 15, the operation will be shut down, after the cancellation of an agreement with Los Angeles Equestrian Center, which has provided stables for the rental company’s 55 horses. Julie Schad, the owner of Griffith Park Horse Rentals, told KPCC she hopes to relocate the business to somewhere else in L.A. eventually, but the future is currently unclear.
So what can an Angeleno do if they want to hop in the saddle for a day? We’ve found other companies that will help you grab your ten-gallon hat and get that hitch into your giddy-up.
Even the Kardashian clan has hooked their fancy heels into the stirrups here. Instructors offer a wide variety of rides and packages that let you choose from day or night, beach or trail. They offer a special “proposal ride,” if you’re planning to pop any questions. (2623 Old Topanga Canyon Road, Topanga)
Malibu Riders takes groups out on loops through national and state parks, including Zuma Canyon and Malibu Creek. One trail goes through Paramount Ranch, famous as the shooting location of lots of Old Hollywood western movies, and now home to deer, bobcats, and other wildlife you might be able to spot. (2903 Cornell Road, Agoura Hills)
Located at Will Rogers State Historic Park, Westside Riding School will get you trotting around in no time. Serious would-be equestrians can come for ongoing lessons, but casual riders are welcome to sign up for daily trail rides, too. If groups aren’t your thing, private rides are also available, and include a picnic break at the scenic Inspiration Point. (1501 Will Rogers State Park Road, Pacific Palisades)
Sunset Ranch claims their rides will take you to the “best view possible in Los Angeles.” Gallop up and take in the 360 views of L.A., the Valley, and out to the Pacific. Stick around after the ride for a barbecue party and live country music at their Sunset Saloon. In addition to horses, there are some cute donkeys and other animals at the ranch as well. (3400 N. Beachwood Drive, Hollywood Hills)
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