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“A disappointment...”

Ricochet Ridge Ranch
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Reviewed 21 August 2007

This was a great disappointment. We had read the very positive NY Times article and expected a lot, but it was boring and expensive. My daughters are good riders and I paid extra so that they could have a good ride on the beach without having to mosey along with the usual group ride with folks who have never been on a horse before. Unfortunately, the guide wouldn't let us canter or gallop on the beach, so we could only plod along - until the group ride caught up with us anyway. A lot of money for nothing. We expected much more than we received.

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Lari, owner, manager at Ricochet Ridge Ranch, responded to this reviewResponded 31 March 2008

Our prime concern in providing horseback rides on the beach is to show our guests some magnificent scenery while safely riding our horses on the wide open expanses of Ten Mile Beach. Our trail guide did not think it was safe for these two young girls to canter or gallop their horses, the very first time they had ever ridden with us. They took our shortest trail ride, so did not have enough time to gain the experience necessary to safely gallop that day. Often, with instruction, riders are able to canter or gallop towards the middle or end of a 1/2 day or all day trailride, particularly on our forest trails, which are more contained than the beach. But we certainly cannot promise that every rider will be able to canter or gallop the first time they ride with us on our shortest trailride. Most folks love riding our beautiful horses, and many return for ever increasing adventures.

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Reviewed 16 March 2006

This horseback riding adventure led by Lari Shea features two days of challenging riding through California’s beautiful redwood forests and along the coast, with lodging at De Haven Valley Farm, Mendocino Hotel and the Cleone Gardens. The North Coast, about 140 miles north of San Francisco, boasts sandy beaches, lush forests and beautiful gardens, as well as shops and art galleries.

Riders who participate are recommended to have at least an intermediate skill level, though special accommodations can be made for beginners. Shea is an accomplished endurance rider and breeds Arabians and Arab-Orlov Trotter crosses. Her knowledge and experience in riding difficult terrain and her genuine concern for her horses’ well-being makes this a safe and enjoyable trip for both horse and rider.

At the beginning of the ride, participants are matched with horses according to their skill and comfort level and take a preliminary ride in the arena to ensure that the matches are sound. They are then divided into groups based on skill level, usually twelve to a group, and assigned guides. Riders may choose to use English, Western or endurance tack during the course of the trip.

Time not spent in the saddle may be spent perusing the art galleries in Mendocino, kayaking or hiking in Russian Gulch State Park and Van Damme Park, and exploring the Cleone Botanical Gardens.

For more information on this riding adventure and how to experience it for yourself, please visit: [--]

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