The Real Horses of Los Angeles

They’re going places, too

There’s at least one place in L.A. where walkers don’t rule the crosswalks. Up in Burbank, you’ll find some interesting versions of street crossings, with one button for pedestrians and another situated a bit higher up for another audience—people on horseback. Welcome to the Rancho Equestrian District, a specially zoned part of the city where homeowners are allowed to house their equine companions on their own properties. And since those horses are living the residential life, they need a safe way to get through the neighborhood and to the network of trails that laces around Griffith Park and the Los Angeles River; hence the special lanes, crosswalks, and signals just for horses. During a recent stroll through the Rancho, I was thrilled to share the streets with some four-legged friends and their friendly owners. Just be sure to look down as you walk there—they tend to leave presents underfoot.

Alissa Walker is a writer, a gelato eater, and a walker in L.A. She shares an experience from her adventures around town at CityThink each Wednesday. Follow her daily on Instagram at @awalkerinLA, on Twitter, or at her blog, and use the hashtag #betteroffped to share your own photographs of walking in L.A.