UltraStar Cinemas cossets moviegoers in cushy seating as they enjoy Hollywood hits alongside buttery servings of popcorn. Film buffs can peruse the current showtimes to handpick an action-packed flick, romantic comedy, or chilling thriller featuring inexplicably aggressive hamsters. The concession stand outfits moviegoers with snacks, drinks, and buckets filled with warm kernels, keeping stomach grumblings to a minimum during showings and providing crunchy projectiles in case of sudden younger-sibling attacks.
Even accounting for all the lessons and equine therapy that Whispering Meadows Ranch offers for humans, it's the horses that are luckiest to be associated with the non-profit charity. In fact, these services help fund the ranch's primary objective of adopting and rehabilitating former racing thoroughbreds. Each of the 100 steeds that the ranch rescues each year enjoys a happy retirement with all their housing, food, veterinary care, and rehabilitation provided for, allowing the animals to live away from harmful influences such as life-insurance scammers.
The horses are even given the job of handling lesson duties. Beginner and intermediate riders learn to mount, steer, and trot with the calm and friendly former competitors. When the time is right, the horse gets placed in a forever home, where a new family will see that it lives out its remaining days in peace and dignity.
At Breezeway Farms’ extensive facilities nestled on 240-acre Galway Downs, lifelong equine enthusiast Breanna Lombardo oversees a team of instructors dedicated to introducing students to the sport of horseback riding. During lessons, riders pair up with hoofed companions and benefit from custom instruction based on their age, skill level, and ultimate desires, be they riding for pleasure, competition, or to escape per-axle highway tolls. Students make use of the farm's horses and equipment to learn a variety of horsemanship fundamentals, including grooming and tacking.
Babs meanders purposefully along undulating trails, ferrying riders atop her sturdy back while setting them at ease with her calm demeanor. This isn't the work of an amiable body builder—this is a day in the life of a horse at Happy Trailz Ranch. Along with her fellow equine companions, Babs introduces visitors to the picturesque wine country around the ranch, leading them on trail rides that often end up at area wineries such as Cougar Vineyard and Winery.
Rolling hills, citrus groves, and lush vineyards greet the eye on horseback tours through Temecula. Lil Bit of Country on Horseback's guides take you to the loveliest sites on family adventure tours, including a pause during the ride for a family portrait where you can finally re-create Napoleon Crossing the Alps properly. Meanwhile, wine packages combine equestrian tours with wine tastings at Danza del Sol and Oak Mountain Wineries.