Horse Boarding in Los Angeles County on the Palos Verdes Peninsula

In 2004 when we learned we would be moving to the Los Angeles area I was very concerned about finding horse boarding in Los Angeles County. Over 10 million people live in Los Angeles County. That's about 2500 people per square mile. It's a sea of humanity. How would there ever be room for my horses? It came as a pleasant surprise to find an equestrian island of several communities near the coast on Palos Verdes Peninsula that were clearly planned with the equine community in mind.

Fire!!

See these two new pages of horse pictures taken after the Palos Verdes Fire of August 2009.


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The Palos Verdes Peninsula is located at the southern end of Santa Monica Bay. There are several municipalities located on the peninsula, but four, Rancho Palos Verdes, Rolling Hills, Rolling Hills Estates, and Palos Verdes Estates readily embrace horses and their owners. There are several stables both public and private, fenced bridle paths, public arenas and round pens and designated trails through acres of open space.

Rancho Palos Verdes is the largest of the three communities with an area of 14 square miles and a population of about 43,000. Rolling Hills Estates has a little over 8,100 people living on 3.6 square miles; and Rollings Hills has close to 2,000 people living on slightly more than 3 square miles. (population estimates from the California Department of Finance) Horsemen here participate in a wide variety of equestrian activities, including trail riding, dressage, jumping, horse shows, cutting and roping. Yes, there are even cows on the peninsula!

If you're interested in horseback riding out on the trail you might be surprised to find there are over 90 miles of trails on the peninsula. The Palos Verdes Peninsula Horsemens Association has created a great trail guide.

buckskin grazing in Rancho Palos Verdes

This buckskin horse is grazing in Rancho Palos Verdes.

Links to the Equestrian Community on the Palos Verdes Peninsula

Horse Boarding

About 90 horses live at Portuguese Bend Riding Club (map marker=yellow)located in Rancho Palos Verdes. PBRC is located about .4 miles from the ocean (as the crow flies) at an elevation of about 400'.

Palos Verdes Stables (map marker=pink with black dot) offers boarding, lessons and summer camp in Palos Verdes Estates.

If you're looking for a small barn you might find what you're looking for in the Westfield neighborhood(map marker=turquoise). It's located near the intersection of Crenshaw Blvd. and Palos Verdes Drive North.

The City of Rolling Hills (map marker=green + black dot)offers boarding if you purchase property there, but is a nice place to ride if you don't.

The Peninsula Riding Club (map marker=blue with black dot) offers horse boarding at The Ranch in Rolling Hills Estates.

The Empty Saddle Club (map marker=red with black dot) offers horse boarding in Los Angeles county for cowboys and cowgirls on the Palos Verdes Peninsula.

The Seahorse Riding Academy (map marker=pink dot) is a private hunter/jumper barn on Crenshaw Blvd.

Peter Weber Equestrian Center (map marker=purple with black dot) is one of the largest stables on the peninsula.

Dapplegray Lanes is another neighborhood that offers horse boarding in LA county at private homes.

Barefoot Trimmers

Here is contact information for the Barefoot Horse Trimmers serving the Palos Verdes Peninsula.

Farriers on the Palos Verdes Peninsula

Follow this link to find contact information for horse shoers serving the peninsula.

Equine Veterinarians on the Palos Verdes Peninsula

Here is contact information for all the vets serving the peninsula.

Feed and Tack Stores

Lomita Feed (map marker=green)delivers feed and supplies all over the Palos Verdes Peninsula.
The Rolling Hills General Store (map marker=blue)is located in the heart of the Palos Verdes Peninsula and delivers horse supplies, feed and bedding on top of the peninsula.
The Saddlery has Closed.(map marker=pink)
The Tack Room (map marker=purple)carries both English and Western tack and is open on Sunday.
Broken Horn Saddlery (map marker=yellow push pin) You'll have to zoom way out to see this one on the map, but I couldn't leave out the largest feed and tack store in the LA area.
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Tack Repair

These places will help you with your tack repair.

Publications

The Palos Verdes Peninsula Horsemens Association Trail Guide maps approximately 90 miles of trails on the Palos Verdes Peninsula.
Equestrian Trails is a free magazine that offers information on many equestrian activities all over California.

Equestrian Organizations

Equestrian Trails Inc. has an active local chapter on the peninsula.

Great Places to Ride

Dapplegray Ring (map marker=yellow + black dot) located in Dapplegray Park, has jumps, a place to tie, a round pen, and a picnic table in the shade.
Ernie Howlett Park (map marker=red) a public park, has four large arenas with many jumps.
Here's what you want to know about horseback riding in The Palos Verdes Nature Preserve (map marker=turquoise + black dot).
Follow this link to learn how to obtain a trail permit for the city of Rolling Hills.
Chandler Preserve (map marker=blue pushpin) is 27 acres of land set aside in Rolling Hills Estates for hiking and horseback riding in LA county.
Chandler Park Equestrian Arena (map marker=green pushpin) is tucked at the back of Chandler Park away from traffic.

Horse Death

Here's who to contact for disposal of remains on the peninsula.




Thank you to Christine Murphy for all her help with this website.


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