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BOOK NOW. River Trail Ride or Pony Encounter?
Or Both?

River Trail Rides and Pony Rides can be booked for the same date and time.
Click on Book Button below to view the daily calendar and reserve your ride,
or contact our office and we'll do it for you:
Ph 805.693.4600 / Text 805.705.5458 / E


Serene, Enchanting, Invigorating!



Go back in time to Old California on a quiet, unspoiled and rustic ride through nature. Perfect for families, couples and horse lovers of all ages. 


Riders depart our cozy stable nestled along the tranquil Santa Rita Hills canyon, cross the river, then head toward a bustling beaver dam, all the while encountering abundant wildlife (eagles, deer, beavers) flourishing in their natural surroundings. 


Rides offered daily year-around. No riding experience necessary. All horses and ponies are retired champion show, rodeo or race horses, so it’s fun for advanced riders, too. Rides are small group or private.  


Kids age 8 and over can join the trail ride if they have some previous riding experience. All kids 8-13 will get their own mount and be attached by lead line to their own guide. *


Kids age 2 to 12 love our one-hour Pony Encounter which is a safe and fun way to learn about horses, including a guided pony ride around our arena and now including the option to go for a short trail ride. Unicorn available on request!  Great for parties, family outings and group activities and only $79 per child.



Our low introductory rate starts at $89 for the River Trail Ride. Private rides are $109 per person. We're now offering a 90-minute ride for only $135. All rides by appointment. Located in the heart of the Santa Ynez Valley just 2 miles west of US 101 in Buellton (address and directions provided upon booking). Click the Book Button  to view our daily calendar and reserve your ride.



Click Here for Gift Certificates for parties of two or more. Click Here to purchase our amazing Locals Special Card:10 Rides for $600 (a $290 savings). Or Call our office.


BOOK NOW! Click the button below to access our daily calendar and make your reservation. Or contact our office by phone 805.693.4600, text 805.705.5458 or email to secure your date or ask any questions.


  • We are safely open and social distancing is our practice.  

  • Groups up to five riders (Call office if you have 6 riders)

  • Children age 8 and up welcome on Trail Rides *

  • All riders must wear pants and closed-toed shoes 

  • Say Cheese! Guides will happily take photos for you with your phone or camera

  • Helmets and tack provided and sanitized before / after each ride. 

  • Open every day except major Holidays. 

  • Please arrive 15 minutes prior to scheduled ride time

  • Gift Certificates available (Click the Book Now button for info).

  • Try Our Local Riders Special:10 rides for $600 (Saves $290)

  • Wine Country Fun Pass gift certificates and promo codes will be emailed to you directly upon booking.

  • Refund Policy: Guest Cancellations up to 48 hours prior to ride time or due to inclement weather will be fully refunded. Last-minute cancellations will be given a one-time rebooking certificate plus a $35 rebooking fee. 

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More About Us

Santa Ynez Valley Horseback Rides was born out of a simple idea: Bring affordable, high-quality trail riding to beautiful Santa Ynez Valley. Our horses are former champions in dressage, roping, racing, sport horse, reining, and more! Couples and families will love the addition to their wine country getaway.        We are horse people passionate about giving others an equine experience

they will never forget.

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Buellton, California

(805) 693-4600