The horse and buggy was a popular method of early transportation, far surpassing the bug and buggy, which could barely move and was often destroyed by squeamish gunslingers. Saddle up with today's Groupon: for $30, you get a 60-minute horseback-riding lesson at Sacred Cross Horse Services in San Ramon (a $60 value).
Set against the picturesque backdrop of Canyon Creek Ranch, Sacred Cross Horse Services instills harmony between human and horse through an array of training programs and outdoor riding adventures. Led by equine extraordinaire Ashley Mason, rough riders of any rank can saddle up to learn the basics of horseback riding or take the time to practice equestrian techniques, all while working to build self-confidence, a sense of responsibility, and the ability to ride while texting. Geared toward a family-friendly atmosphere, the one-hour private lesson provides cowboys-in-training with an elite pony playground boasting an indoor and outdoor arena as well as on-site trails.
Sacred Cross Horse Services
Sacred Cross Horse Services founder Ashley Mason has transformed her extensive background in horseback riding and show jumping into a unique training program. At stables tucked away in redwood forests, students attend English-style riding lessons that focus on basic fundamentals such as grooming, tacking, and learning how to bond with horses. The lessons cater to students' individual needs and skill levels while simultaneously prioritizing their education and enjoyment. Sacred Cross also leads horse camps for children, as well as lessons designed to impart a sense of responsibility, teach empathy, and stop them from trying to lead the dog into a canter. Students are required to wear long pants and heeled shoes while riding.
Central Contra Costa
18308 Bollinger Canyon Rd.
San Ramon, California 94583Get Directions