Santa Ynez Equestrian

Santa Ynez real estate has some of the best equestrian rides for novas and experienced riders.  Whether you are looking for a serious lesson or a leisurely ride, we listed our top picks for horseback rides, lessons, and equestrian fun in Santa Ynez Valley. 

Nojoqui Horse Ranch

An owned and operated ranch since 1896 the Nojoqui Horse Ranch is the best equestrian horse ranch in Santa Ynez. No need to own a horse to train or enjoy a ride. This ranch is welcoming to all levels of riders. Whether you are a serious student or here for a leisurely day horseback ride, the Nojoqui Horse Ranch has it all. Nojoqui Horse Ranch is one of the best in Santa Ynez valley for horseback riding. 


  • Boarding
  • Hand Walking
  • Lunging
  • Grooming
  • Blanketing
  • Trailer Storage 
  • Lessons
  • Private Trail Rides

Amber Giorgi, Owner/Trainer


The Little Big Riding School

Formally known as Santa Ynez Valley Trail Rides, The Little Big Riding School welcomes kids ages 6 and up.  The equestrian children’s riding school lessons include, grooming, tacking up your horse, trail riding, overall basic safety, and general horse management. The Little Big Riding School also offers family day rides and welcomes visitors from out of town to enjoy a quick lesson and family ride. This makes The Little Big Riding School one of the best equestrian ranches in Santa Ynez. 



  • Kids Summer Camps
  • Family Trail Rides
  • Children’s Equestrian Lessons
  • Holiday and Special Occasions


Rancho Olivos • 2390 Refugio Road, Santa Ynez
thelittlebigridingschool @


Rancho Oso Guest Ranch & Stables

Are you a horse and camping enthusiast? At Rancho Oso you can camp and bring your favorite horse along. The facility provides quaint guest accommodations and corral boarding for your beloved horse. The site provides colorful Western accommodations such as, cabins, tents, covered wagons, 5RV spots, plus 30 corrals for your 4 legged friends. You will have direct access to miles of trail in the Los Padres National Forest. This makes the Rancho Oso one of the best equestrian horse ranches in Santa Ynez.



  • Campsite accommodations
  • Boarding accommodations
  • 24 Hour Security
  • Horse Arena and Round Pen
  • Feed


3750 Paradise Road, Santa Barbara
805-683-5110 for riding reservations
rosh @ • lil @


Vino Vaqueros

Looking for a day or romantic sunset horseback ride? Vino Vaqueros offers 75-90 minute horseback rides that will take you through the private Estelle estate in the Santa Ynez Valley. Horses provided are for all levels and children 8 years old and up are welcome. Enjoy a walking pace experience with cinematic views. Better yet? Bring your own picnic from one of the local Santa Ynez wineries and Santa Ynez restaurants, such as Panino, The Lucky Hen Larder, or SY Picnic Co to make for an ultimate day of good company, food, and fun. This makes Vino Vaqueros one of the best equestrian ranches in Santa Ynez. 



Day and Evening Rides


Estelle Vineyards • 2178 Mora Avenue, Santa Ynez
vinovaqueros @


Circle Bar B Ranch Guest Ranch & Stables

Santa Ynez Equestrian lovers will love the Circle Bar B. From horseback riding to tasty vittles, this guest ranch is fun for the whole family! The Dining Room is a ranch style restaurant service.  This ranch is located about 30 minutes from Solvang and is it’s own little oasis!


  • Excellent Location in Goleta just south of Santa Ynez
  • 30 minute driving distance to restaurants, shops, and wine tasting rooms 
  • Pool 
  • Full Bar
  • Spa Services
  • Private Library
  • HorseBack Rides
  • 1.5 Hour Rides, 4 hour Rides, Sunset/Evening Rides
  • Lodge Stone Fireplace
  • Private Cabins


Circle Bar B Ranch Guest Ranch & Stables
1800 Refugio Road

Horse Ranches Sold by Patty Murphy

Rancho Latigo


Fox Hill Farm


4140 Roblar Ave