Posted by Nancy D. Brown
Sea gulls soar overhead. Hooves pound the sand as salt water splashes my hands on the soft leather reins. I am unaware of the grin that has instanteously spread across my face. That grin, one of pure joy, has been captured on film by my riding partner. As with most horse-loving, equestrian travel-crazed devotees, we jump at any opportunity for horseback riding vacations. The fact that Ricochet Ridge Ranch is located on Mendocino’s Northern California coast is simply an added bonus.
First Class Horses
Ricochet Ridge Ranch is owned by well-known equitrekking, endurance rider Lari Shea and conveniently located on North Highway One, across from McKerricher State Park in Fort Bragg, California. The fact that you will be able to ride a first-class horse, matched to your riding ability is a given at this top notch equestrian ranch. What makes this property a first-class horseback riding vacation experience is that the guest is able to ride by the ocean and in the Redwood forest in the same day.
Guests have the option of one and one half hour to three hour beach rides, four hour private forest rides, a four hour beach and forest ride (my selection) or an all day private ride. Guests looking for week long horse riding vacations may call the ranch directly to inquire about custom horseback riding vacations.
Mendocino Area Lodging and Dining Options
Not only will you find plenty of quality lodging options around the Fort Bragg, Mendocino area, let’s just say that you will not go hungry for lack of local restaurants.
Ricochet Ridge Ranch 1 (888) 873-5777
24201 North Highway One, Fort Bragg, California 95437