Nothing excites the senses like heading to the beach on horseback.
There’s the gentle sway in the horse’s gait, the scent of saddle leather, the signature clop-clop sound of hooves treading the path from the ranch to the beach. Even the familiar view of the horizon feels different when your companion is a horse and your vantage point is the saddle.
Bandon Beach Riding Stables has treated riders to views of Bandon beaches, sea stacks, tide pools and the Pacific Ocean since 1979. Group rides are accompanied by experienced guides, so even novice riders can feel relaxed and comfortable on horseback. First time riders can take advantage of a short lesson before heading out.
The old-world appeal of beach rides attracts all ages, so call ahead for reservations. Rides start at two hour intervals in the summer and fall, beginning at 10 a.m., and the last ride of the day starts at 6 p.m. Request on-call booking during the winter and spring.
What to know before you go:
• All rides are guided.
• Cash and checks accepted, no credit card payment.
• Dress for the weather in comfortable, casual clothing.
• Wear closed-toe shoes, no flip-flops or high-heels.
• Helmets are provided, recommended for youth.
• Feel free to ask about accommodations for elders or those with disabilities.
Bandon Beach Riding Stables is located at 54629 Beach Loop Rd. in Bandon, 541-347-3423.
Article by Geneva Miller. Photo by Susan Dimock.