Leasing, Lessons, and All-Around Horseback Riding Run at Rancho El Camino
“Riding: The art of keeping a horse between you and the ground.” -Unknown
Ever since I was a little girl I have loved riding horses. From the carousel at the mall to pony rides at the fair and anything in between, I found every way I could to be around horses as much as possible. I took some time off of riding to focus on high school and college but ever since my son started elementary school, I decided that I desperately needed to ride again. I looked at many stables in San Diego, and finally found Rancho El Camino in Del Mar, California!
Located just minutes from the Del Mar Racetrack, Rancho El Camino is one of the biggest riding facilities in Del Mar for all-around riding. Trainers at this ranch provide lessons for beginners on up through professional riding levels. Here’s a video about a couple who spent their wedding anniversary learning how to ride horses at Rancho El Camino.
The Rancho El Camino property also provides access to many trails and has amenities on site such as (real) bathrooms for humans, bath stalls and many turnout rings for horses, and even a post and bench for dogs and visitors.
When I moved to Rancho Santa Fe a year ago, I heard that it was “equestrian heaven.” I drove close to many of the riding stables and clubs, but I never really saw them. They were hidden away and added to the true characteristic nature of North County San Diego. After searching the web for these mysterious riding stables, I came across a Quarter Horse named Black Beauty. I immediately set up a time to “try him out” at his barn, Rancho El Camino in Del Mar, CA, and as soon as I rode him my heart was back in the riding game.
Black Beauty has been amazing ever since I’ve started leasing him about a month ago. I ride him two days a week for a monthly fee. Black beauty spends all of his time at Rancho El Camino and I come there to ride him, as well as his owners. I love getting to ride at this particular barn because there are several warm-up pens and rings to practice in. There are also a few show arenas for jumping, dressage and trail or obstacle course. When I went to the fair with my horse as a teen my favorite classes were trail/obstacle course classes. My horse was never good at them but I loved testing her limits and pushing her boundaries. Black Beauty, the horse that I am leasing now, is a Quarter Horse, a breed known to be quite fearless. He is not afraid of any obstacle whatsoever.
Most riders at Rancho El Camino ride English, but there are some who ride western too, so there are many friends to meet no matter which style you prefer! The basic difference (to a non-experienced rider) is that a western saddle is a lot bigger and has a horn in the front (for cowboys to hook their rope to.) Western riders wear chaps and usually a cowboy hat in the show ring. English riders wear breeches (or tight pants) and a fuzzy, black hat. English riders are the ones you see jumping their horses over fences. I like to ride English more than Western because I feel that it strengthens my balance and helps me become a better rider.
I’ve always wanted to learn how to jump and maybe one day at Rancho El Camino I can begin to pursue that dream. With Black Beauty I need to work on my basic skills for now and ride well at the walk, trot, and canter (which is like a run for horses.) If you are looking for lessons for yourself or your children, give Rancho El Camino a call today. They have several classes from beginners and children on up! There are always tons of riders and trainers out at the barn so there are always smiling faces to say hello to! This is one of the best riding stables I have seen in San Diego and I will continue to come here as long as I can. Have you ridden here before? If not, where else have you gone horse back riding and what did you think of it? I would love to hear your experience!