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Serious riders will tell you that riding a horse is an art that requires years of training, however, most of the visitors to Southern California just want to see the beautiful scenery from a new vantage point, so they ride horseback as a means of unusual transportation.

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The Urban Horseman
1370 S. Sanderson Ave.
Anaheim, CA 92806
(714) 743-1603
www.anaheimequestrian.com

One of many training and boarding resources at the Anaheim Equestrian Center, this location is great for kids and new riders who just want to spend a day with a gentle horse. DeDe Frame is one of the instructors who works one-on-one with riders and horses at the center. In charge of activities and parties, DeDe gets great reviews from parents of kids over five years. Check out all the different activities and trainers at the center as there are so many things to do.

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Sabo Eventing & Newport Mesa Riding Center
905 Arlington Drive
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
(949) 244-8615
www.saboevening.com

Proper English training in horsemanship and etiquette is part of this traditional riding center. The owners are professional competitors who teach horseback riding through Olympic level of competition. The essential elements of training are both physical and mental repetition over time for both the horse and the rider. After 40 years in equestrian professionalism, their training method is coined “The Sabo System,” honoring Brian and Lisa Sabo who run the center.

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Prado Equestrian Center
16629 Johnson Ave.
Chino, CA 91708
(909) 597-5757
www.pradoEquestrian.com

For over 30 years, this center has offered horse rentals, riding lessons, boarding and horse training to the OC-Chino area. The beautiful rolling hills offer a great area to ride and explore with well worn trails and seasoned guides to get you to the best spots. Newly renovated, this facility offers a Western style training that includes jumps and upgraded dressage and round areas. They also host monthly shows and events. For groups, call ahead and make sure to bring cash, because that it all they accept.

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S & D Horseback Riding Rentals
4886 California Ave.
Norco, CA 92860
(909) 645-1270
www.sunshinedaydreams.com

Trail packages at two locations make this list item special. This company has put together wonderful trail packages for enthusiast and families that are designed to please. Whether you want a one hour or two hour trail, they have thought of everything and put it together to make your trip really safe and enjoyable for all riding levels. Come for a romantic sunset ride with your partner for a breathtaking view.

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