Best places to live with Horses and ride Trails in North San Diego County


Best places to live with Horses and ride Trails in North San Diego County

Best Places to own Horses and ride trails in North San Diego County

Own Horses and Ride Trails everyday in the Best Places in North San Diego County

Horses are majestic, elegant, beautiful, intelligent, strong and enduring creature! I believe only few were lucky enough to experience growing up with horses. Only those who grew up with horses, have seen and experienced the true nature of this majestic mammals. Most likely the kids who grew up in a horse loving family will eventually ask for a pony! Who wouldn’t?! Ponies are so cute and smaller version of our majestic horses.

Owning a horse cannot be compared to owning a dog or a cat. I mean owning a horse is expensive. Other owner’s would even consider moving to a place where there is a favorable climate for their horses.  If  some of you are planning to own a horse, here is a estimated cost per Horse. Responses to a horse-ownership survey from the University of Maine found that the average annual cost of horse ownership is $3,876 per horse, while the median cost is $2,419.

Food: The average horse weighs 1,100 pounds and needs to eat a minimum of 1.5% to 2.5% of its body weight each day in hay and grain. Averaging more than $1,000 per year.

Vet and Farrier: Vet fees alone average $485 per year, including standard check-ups, vaccinations and tests, four annual dewormings, and minor care for non-emergency injuries. he annual cost of trimming is roughly $350, while shoeing can cost significantly more, depending on how many hooves are shoed and how often they’re replaced.

General Maintenance: Depending on your facility and the required upkeep, horse owners can expect to spend more than $800 on maintenance per year.

Boarding:  A presentation by Rutgers University suggests the average monthly boarding fee is $260, although some facilities charge upward of $600.

Responses to a horse-ownership survey from the University of Maine found that the average annual cost of horse ownership is $3,876 per horse, while the median cost is $2,419. That puts the average monthly expense anywhere from $200 to $325.

For some, horses are part of the family. Most would even consider moving from one state to the another, with a climate suited for their horses. One of the state that people often look at is California. With the warm climate and green grass, people often check for places in this State.

I have compiled 5 of the Best Places to Raise and Ride on trails. My to 5 is based on the amenities of the farm and the neighborhood nearby.

Here are the list of Best Places to Own a horse and Best Trails in North San Diego County.

1. Rancho Santa Fe

Rancho Santa Fe Equestrian

Some of the nation’s best owners, trainers and riders reside in Rancho Santa Fe. San Diego is considered one of the most pleasant cities in the nation and nearby Rancho Santa Fe is certainly one of the most pleasant villages. Year-round warm weather, miles of beaches, an array of culture and recreation, and world-class riding make this an idyllic place to live. Rancho Santa Fe have a riding club and offers boarding and care to the resident’s horse. Click here ,for more information about their riding club.

2. Del Mar California

Del Mar Horse pARK

Del Mar Horse Park is a 65-acre world-class equestrian facility located about three miles east of the Del Mar Fairgrounds, at the corner of El Camino Real and Via de la Valle in the San Dieguito River Valley. Providing unsurpassed, full-service accommodations for equestrian events of all levels, Del Mar Horse park features professional on-site catering, equipment rental, security, RV hook-ups, plenty of parking and easy freeway access.

Del Mar Horse park offers:

  • Two grass jumping stadiums with seating for 1,320
  • Covered, lighted arena
  • Four show rings
  • 400 permanent show stalls
  • Dressage ring
  • Four training rings

Permanent box and pipe stalls are also available for year-round boarding, as well as qualified, professional training from beginning to Olympian levels.With its beautiful surroundings, facilities and service, Del Mar Horse Park offers both exhibitor and spectator the ultimate equestrian experience. -source:

3. The Grand Del Mar



Ride into the San Diego sun with Southern California’s luxury destination resort, The Grand Del Mar. From trail rides through Los Peñasquitos Canyon and professional riding lessons, to pony rides and day camps for the kids, the Equestrian Center has an abundance of horse adventures for riders of any experience level.

This is not exactly in Northern San Diego, but this place got a lot of good reviews and worth checking out! You can check their website.


4. San Marcos’ Twin Oaks Valley trail


Take a walk, jog, bike, or horseback ride on San Marcos’ Twin Oaks Valley trail, and you’ll see why this North County nabe ranks high. Though situated next to Twin Oaks Valley Road, the sycamore- and oak tree-lined path is a way to get away from it all without having to go far. The peaceful two-mile path winds down a flat course past California roses, evening primrose, and the Twin Oaks Valley Golf Course. It’s also located near the only public equestrian facility in San Diego, Walnut Grove Horse Park, which hosts an annual Horse Heritage Festival in October with hands-on activities and entertainment for all ages.

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5. Cuyamaca Rancho State Park


The beautiful park offers camping and hiking in an oak woodland forest, with a sprinkling of pines and lovely meadows with creeks.  There are over 100 miles of trails which accommodate hikers, bikers, and equestrians.  The two family camps, Paso Picacho and Green Valley, are open and on the reservation system spring through fall.  Green Valley sits at an elevation of 4,000 feet and has a creek which runs through the middle of the campground.  The day use area offers sets of cascades and shallow pools, great for water play on hot days.  Green Valley has 81 campsites.

Environmental backpack in or horseback ride in camps are also available.  Granite Springs and Arroyo Seco Environmental camps are open by reservation.  – source:



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