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Monterey Bay Equestrian Center

19805 Pesante Rd., Salinas, CA 93907
(831) 663-5712
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Ranked #3 of 15 attractions in Salinas
Type: Horseback Riding Stables
Owner description: Our stables is located as published but our horseback rides on the beach are located at the Molera Lot of the Salinas River State Beach. It can be... more » Owner description: Our stables is located as published but our horseback rides on the beach are located at the Molera Lot of the Salinas River State Beach. It can be found at the end of Monterey Dunes Way. Please rely on the directions found using the map to the beach link on our website. « less
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

Enjoying a week's long vacation (Spring break) with 2 families. Gave the teens a choice of activities and they choose horseback riding (and a spa... Go figure). Five riders... 3 pretty experienced, 2 novice riders. After assessing our abilities, we were paired with horses to suite our experience. The teens (under 17) we're required to wear helmets. Over 17 were... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

My wife and I rode with one other customer, so we were a small group of four including the guide. We found the ride quite enjoyable. The path was behind the dunes for a bit and then back up the beach for awhile. We never doubled-back on the same path. We rode Dakota and Honey, both great animals, although Dakota... More

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Fresno, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2014

My family had a great time! The guides were really good with my small grandchildren. Horses are very general. Will use again.

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Horseyeller, Owner at Monterey Bay Equestrian Center, responded to this review

thank you so much. Hope to see you again. More

San Jose, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

Wonderful horses, great guide, and on the beach in Monterey what more could you ask for. We went on a lovely dunes path and then down to the beach where could enjoy the surf and otters in the water. I highly recommend Monterey Bay Equestrian. Very professional, very safe.

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Sunnyvale, California
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2014

I've done numerous(10+) horseback riding activities before and this was my most disappointing experience by far! The entire time, I was being barked at by the guide in the back. It was such a frustrating experience as I felt I was being yelled at the entire time, and the guides were in a bad mood. I know how to handle... More

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Horseyeller, Owner at Monterey Bay Equestrian Center, responded to this review

I have read your review and it took me by surprise. We always try to give great customer service and do not misrepresent the services we provide. Because we make our reservations by phone, we rely on the honesty of the callers to give accurate information regarding their expectations and riding abilities. Once the ride begins, it's the responsibility of... More

Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2014

Earlier reviews had me feeling somewhat sceptical about what to expect on this trip but I needn't have worried as it was an amazing experience. The lovely guides were very attentive and accommodating. As a solo traveller I had to join a group consisting of mainly young and inexperienced riders so the majority of the ride was at a leisurely... More

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Horseyeller, Owner at Monterey Bay Equestrian Center, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. It was humbling considering your extensive travel history. We hope to see you again. More

Greenbrae
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2013

Went cantering there this past weekend aboard MAJOR who was a major handful since he only wanted to go from stop to Full Speed Giddyup! Lisa is a terrific organizer and leader. We had a perfect day with temps in the mid 70's and no wind or fog. This is the only ride where its not nose to tail and... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2013

Our guides Lisa and Bridget were simply amazing. We had riders of different levels and experts were allowed to trot on the beach while beginners maintained a slower pace. Beautiful sunset beach ride, will never forget it and will definitely be back again.

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Taupo, New Zealand
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2013 via mobile

120 dollars fir a 2 hour trip, and I was told there was only advanced riders in the group. They asked if I was advanced, and I am, and I was told there would be lots of canter. NO! The group was half beginners, we only walked for the whole time except 2 VERY short canters of maybe 50 meters.... More

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Horseyeller, Owner at Monterey Bay Equestrian Center, responded to this review

I appreciate your taking the time to review our business. Although we allow riders with experience to do some trotting and cantering, we make all reservations over the phone. This makes the process less than exact when grouping different people together. We try to estimate the ability of riders by the content of the phone call but sometimes beginners come... More

San Jose
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2013

We had a 1 hour horseback ride on the beach. The ride was great. The guide was really nice and did a great job. She took some really nice pictures of us riding. I would definitely go back again except for one thing. The photographer Doug Higgins Photography is quite unethical. I decided to have him take a picture of... More

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Horseyeller, Owner at Monterey Bay Equestrian Center, responded to this review

Thanks for the review. We really try to make our ride a great time for everyone. After seeing your review WeI spoke to the photographer and asked him to address your concerns. We do wish to have our businesses reviewed separately though as we are distinctly different businesses. We are looking into ways to let customers know that and to... More

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