River Trail Ride or Pony Encounter?
Enjoy one of the Central Coast's most acclaimed adventures! We offer a wide variety of truly amazing horseback ride options for adults and kids age 2+. No riding experience necessary!
Winter Special through January
Make the most of the cooler Winter weather on a 75-Minute Horseback Ride deep into the rustic woods
and bucolic riverfront along the Santa Ynez River. PLUS you'll be lavished with tasty gifts perfect for romantic couples!
Think Savory & Sweet! Only $159 per person for this unique couples event! Book Now
Serene, Enchanting, Invigorating!
ENJOY AN ENCHANTING HORSEBACK RIDE ALONG THE SANTA YNEZ RIVER.
Go back in time to the unspoiled days of Old California on a quiet, blissful, and rustic ride through nature. Highly acclaimed as one of the Central Coast's top attractions, the rides are perfect for families, couples, and horse lovers of all ages and riding abilities. Now conveniently located at our brand new facility at River View Park in Buellton, California, only a mile from Highway 101.
Riders depart our cozy stable nestled along the tranquil Santa Rita Hills canyon, cross the river, then head toward a bustling beaver dam, all while encountering abundant wildlife (eagles, deer, beavers) flourishing in their natural surroundings.
Spring is perfect for a River Trail Ride, as the water is deep and flowing offering multiple crossings and abundant wildlife. Rides are offered daily year-round by appointment. No riding experience necessary. All horses and ponies are retired champion show, rodeo, or ranch horses, so it’s fun for advanced riders, too. Rides are small-group or private.
Kids aged 8 and up can join the trail ride if they have some previous riding experience. All kids 8-12 will get their own mount and be attached by lead line to their own guide.* Kids 6+ can join their parents on the Family Fun Ride.
CHECK OUT OUR MANY RIDE OPTIONS:
THE MAGICAL PONY ENCOUNTER
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 $99 per child. Rides are designed for two kids per session. If you have larger groups or want to plan a birthday party, please call or email our office for booking assistance.
THE FAMILY FUN RIDE
Kids age 6 and up can join their family on a one-hour trail ride that begins in our Pony Arena with an introduction and lesson. Then, the group departs and takes a short trail ride toward the woods and river. Kids are ponied alongside our experienced guides, but get to ride their own horse. Kids must pass a simple test to show their balance and ability to control their horse before the trail ride segment begins. This is a safe and fun way for the entire family to have a lifelong memory.
RIVER TRAIL RIDES
Adults and kids age 8+ can enjoy a 60, 75, or 90-minute River Trail Ride. All rides reach the tantalizing Santa Ynez River with up to four seasonal crossings. The 90-minute ride includes a deep-water crossing near a beaver dam bustling with wildlife. Both rides are relaxing, refreshing, and easy for riders of all experience levels, even beginners.
Our fantastic Petting Zoo is now Open and is free to all kids who do our Magical Pony Encounter. Petting Zoo encounters are only $15 for a 30-minute session.
AFTER SCHOOL FARM CAMP
Beginning Fall 2023, After School Farm Camp is an afternoon enrichment program for children age 6-12 centered on raising and caring for a variety of farm animals including goats, sheep, miniature horses, mules, ponies and full-size horses. Next weekly sessions begin September 11. Enroll now!
RIDING LESSON PROGRAMS
We now offer weekly Horsemanship Lessons for kids age 6+. Click the Book Now Button for details and availability.
LOCAL DEALS & DISCOUNTS
We're proud to partner with several exceptional Santa Ynez Valley hotels and offer their guests exclusive discounts. Ask for the promo code at these hotels:
. Flying Flags RV Resort (Save $10 per rider with promo code FlyingFlags$)
. SYV Marriott (Save $10 per rider with promo code TheMarriott$)
. Sideways Inn (Save $10 per rider with promo code Sideways$)
. Hotel Corque (Save $10 per rider with promo code HotelCorque$)
. Vinland Hotel (Save $10 per rider with promo code Vinland$)
. The Landsby (Save $10 per rider with promo code Landsby$)
. WorldMark Solvang (Save $10 per rider with promo code WorldMark$)
. Hampton Inn & Suites (Save $10 per rider with promo code HamptonInn$)
If you're not staying at one of these great locations, please contact our office for seasonal deals and discounts and we'll happily hook you up!
GIFT CERTIFICATES & LOCALS SPECIALS
Click Here for Gift Certificates for parties of two or more.
BOOK NOW! Click the button to check daily availability and make your reservation. Or contact our office by phone 805.693.4600, text 805.705.5458 or email Bob@SYVHorsebackRides.com to secure your date or ask any questions.
BE SURE TO VISIT US FOR COWBOY CHRISTMAS
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 $800 (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.
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.