Equestrian communities continue to thrive in East San Diego County
EASTERN SAN DIEGO COUNTY – In the not-too-distant past, Eastern San Diego County was mostly grazing land for cattle, dotted with small farm towns. Today, this part of the county is a growing bedroom community, only 15 miles from downtown San Diego. Yet despite its significant growth over the last 50 years, Eastern San Diego still holds on to its agricultural roots. The evidence? Horses are still a big part of life here.
Horses, natural beauty come together in Ojai
As with many places of great beauty, Ojai is home to horses. The equine community in Ojai is alive and well, despite a dogged economic comeback, and boasts trainers of many disciplines and horses of many breeds.
'A' circuit to trails to polo to charros, equestrians appreciate Lake View Terrace
LAKE VIEW TERRACE — If you love California, you will appreciate Lake View Terrace. In the wintertime, the snow covered ridges of the San Gabriel Mountains stand as a backdrop. In the spring, wildflowers color the foothill slopes. On summer evenings, the smell of sage rises up from the creek beds. And in the fall, a crisp wind blows down from the hills.
A fearful horse can chip away at a rider’s confidence. Similarly, a fearful rider can make a horse fearful , so there lies the potential for a never-ending cycle. The more fearful the horse, the more fearful the rider becomes – and vice versa.
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Once you have decided on teaching your horse to pull a cart, carriage or wagon, what do you use to pull it with? A harness of course!
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Before there were autos, there were carriages, and choosing an appropriate vehicle for our needs hasn’t changed!
What do you need it for? How many seats? Price? Type? Color? Do you want something new and modern, or an antique or classic?
Suburbia and horse country mix like an ongoing dream in Moorpark and Simi Valley
community can co-exist with an active equestrian population. Horses are for rural areas, after all, and not compatible with life in the suburbs. But these people have not been to the cities of Simi Valley and Moorpark, where suburbia happily meets horse country.
The towns of Simi Valley and Moorpark are located in the southernmost section of Ventura County, just outside the boundary of Los Angeles. Both towns are so close to L.A., in fact, they are considered bedroom communities. Home to commuters who brave the 101 Freeway each day on their way to the City of Angels, the neighborhoods of Simi and Moorpark provide a respite to these road weary travelers.
The most fortunate residents of Simi and Moorpark are the equestrians. Some keep their horses in backyard lots, usually attached to older homes. Larger, horse-friendly properties as these were once common throughout parts of Ventura and Los Angeles County. Others board their horses at one of the many commercial equestrian centers in that can be found in either city.
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You’ve decided that driving a horse and vehicle sounds interestin. You want to try it. How do you get started?
Residents, equestrian groups help preserve equine-friendly atmosphere, small-town feel
RAMONA — Eastern San Diego County is a treasure trove of natural beauty. Oak trees, rolling hills and clear, blue skies greet those who venture from the coast into the foothills of the Laguna Mountains. For horse people, one of the great jewels of the hilly country of San Diego County is picturesque Ramona.
Equestrians combine a metro-country life in Southern California's Burbank area
An equestrian haven in the middle of the second-largest city in the country, Burbank offers residents a chance to live both a country lifestyle and an urban one, all at the same time.