Ahhhhhhhh, today I took a ride at Sunset Ranch Hollywood!!! I was soooooo scared! When I was 11 I was bucked off from a horse and I have had a huge fear of ever, EVER getting back on a horse. This fear made me so sad because I love horses very much. I went to the ranch and talked to Austin, he was in the office and took all of my information. He found us a nice tour guide and they discussed my fears. They had me put on a safety helmet and brought me the sweetest horse, Mouse. Mouse was BEAUTIFUL, a magnificent animal. My friend was paired up with Patches, and both horses had adorable, playful personalities. Those horses do like to walk close to the edge of the cliff, and I thought I was going to faint (so I didn't look down), but our guide said that is normal.. Sadly, that didn't make me feel much better. Our tour guide was Douglas. He was very patient with me considering I was close to crying, facing my fears, and couldn't remember how to be a good rider. He took a lot of time and worked with me. He was very knowledgeable about the ranch, it's history, the horses, and Hollywood in General. He showed us the Hollywood sign, and insisted that I was going to be okay. He encouraged me to ride when I was ready to give up because of my fear. He showed my friend and I the best time, ever. This was just such an amazing day. I really can't believe I finally did it after all of these years. I've never been up there to see those trails, even though I have been to the ranch, which by the way, is so, so, so rustic and cool! The views of Los Angeles from up on those trails were breathtaking! Who would have known that something this wonderful was just minutes away from Universal Studios, much less, in any part of Los Angeles? 5 minutes away from the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and there we were in paradise. The rides are very affordable. We did the one hour ride for $30, but they did have a two hour ride for $45. I'm still in shock that I even got on my horse, Mouse. I love that horse, and WHEN I go back, I want to ride with Mouse again. Thank you Sunset Ranch Hollywood, thank you Austin and Douglas, and thank you Mouse for helping me overcome my fears (just a little). I'll be back!
We were online looking for things to do in L.A. when we read about horseback riding under the Hollywood sign. We didn't even know there was horseback riding in L.A. , much less in Hollywood under the Hollywood sign. So we ventured up the 101 to Hollywood and up Beachwood Canyon Dr to the very top and found parking just below the Sunset Ranch. I never knew this place existed and was pleasantly surprised that this awesome, rustic place was here all this time. Pretty much the best kept secret in L.A.! We filled out paperwork and the guide asked us about our riding experience (which is minimal) and then paired us up with our horses. It was a busy day at the ranch, but everything ran smoothly, imho. They had us put on helmets and gave us some guidelines on safety while riding. Our guide was very nice and she knew a lot about the ranch and Griffith Park. She made the ride even more enjoyable =) (Thanks Ebony). We rode over the hill to Burbank and had lunch at Viva Fresh. The margaritas were GREAT! With lunch and the round trip ride it was about 4 hours total, and it was HEAVEN! If you're looking for things to do in L.A. this should be on the top of your list! Horseback riding in L.A., who knew??!!
Life is good! Today I had a chance to ride a beautiful horse at Sunset Ranch Hollywood. We went to Universal Studios (yes, we are from out of town) our first day in town, yesterday we went to Hollywood to see the Hollywood Walk of Fame and today we went to ride horses at Sunset Ranch Hollywood. I love L.A. and all that it has to offer. Everything we have done while in town has been so fun, our favorite though, was this ranch. Simple, quiet, gorgeous horses, rustic, and very COOL! I guess we rode for about 2 hours. It was $45 each. There were some other people in our group and we all got some great pictures on our horses. I do wish there were souvenirs, though. I saw some t shirts and shorts, but I actually wanted something different. That would be the only suggestion I would make, and trust me, that is no big deal. We got our pictures, hugged a horse, saw Los Angeles in a very different way, and this will go down as the best day of our vacation!!! I would tell everyone to do this. Locals and tourists. It was real, not like a "tourist attraction". We loved it. Thank you for making our vacation so great!