Connemara Ranch

Connemara Ranch, Malibu: Hours, Address, Connemara Ranch Reviews: 4.5/5

Connemara Ranch
4.5
Horseback Riding Tours
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9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
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Private ocean view trails rides for beginners and advanced riders. Discover the undiscovered in Malibu on exceptional horses!
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1-2 hours
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MCM
Los Angeles, CA9 contributions
Friends
This is a very memorable experience! I went horseback riding for my birthday, with a friend, and we did a private sunset ride with the two guides Tally and Kevin. I was VERY nervous for most of the time, as I’m a beginner rider and you are on a mountain trail. Tally was right behind me the entire time and guided me so gently and kindly with her soothing words to make me feel calm and comfortable every step of the way. It was an unforgettable experience, a little pricey, but so special that it’s well worth it.
Written April 13, 2021
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JohnFallonstudio
Portland, OR145 contributions
Friends
I love this place. The guides were very kind and listened to your needs. They had all different levels for each type of rider. The trails were fun and we even got to gallop a little. We had the option of the mountian rides or to ride on the beach. I highly recommend this place if love horses and enjoy beautiful scenery!
Written March 17, 2018
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Maureen G
Los Angeles, CA8 contributions
Solo
Talley and Mally? You can't write this stuff. Just rode with trainer Mally Lewis this morning through the spectacular mountains of Connemara Ranch above Leo Carrillo State Beach. My horse, Angel, was a gorgeous brown and white Premarin, which I learned is a gentle giant draft horse, and thus very unlikely to buck and throw you to the ground or off the cliff. Excellent good news. Owner Talley Hutcherson, and trainer Mally Lewis were so gracious and patient throughout. Thank you, beautiful ladies. A piece of Heaven. The only thing missing was the carrots I forgot at home. Sorry Angel. Next time.
Written May 5, 2015
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Cockney2014
Calabasas, CA1 contribution
Family
The picture of a horseman riding on the beach in their ad is a total misrepresentation. You will be lucky if you see a one inch view of the ocean from a high point, There is no Connemara Ranch sign on Mulholland Highway - you enter through a gate with a Shalom sign? My two granddaughters thought Tally, the older woman who accompanied us, was an angry person. The trails are very narrow and steep up-hill and down-hill, with not much to see other than scrub- bush. The advertised price of 50% off $130 for a 90 minute ride is absurd, The average price to rent a horse in L.A. is $20 to $40 per hour!. Not only is $59 too expensive, Tally advises you should also tip the riders that accompany you - $20 to $30 per person?? I would not recommend you get suckered into this 50% off deal at Connemara Ranch! Griffith Park Equestrian Center starts at $20 per hour and the trails are excellent, plus the rider that accompanies you, does not expect an exorbitant tip!
Written March 30, 2014
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Sharon B
Los Angeles, CA1 contribution
Solo
First if you look on the voucher site you see a rider on the beach . . this is not that ride. We got to a clearing and someone pointed out the water. You had to look hard to see it and that was the only place you could see it.

If you are any kind of rider you will find this extremely boring. The trail was narrow and at times somewhat steep so all you cud do was walk. Talley had taught us how to stop a horse before the actual ride but she didn't tell us how to slow a horse down when it keeps trying to get ahead of the horse in front of it. I thought we should have been taught how to brace ourselves in the saddle when going up or coming down the trail. I saw an inexperienced rider sliding all over the saddle.

The two guides were helpful and nice during the ride. Kudos to them. Talley did "not" go on my ride and I'm glad. I'm sure she's a fine horseman but she lacks patience and has no people skills in dealing with the public. She doesn't seem to realize that people who have never been on a horse need a little TLC. I saw someone ask a question and she gave that girl a look that wud freeze water. That girl had a right to ask a question no matter how many times Talley may have heard that same question.

For the amount of money this was, a new rider would have more fun riding in a corral or at least on a wider trail at some Griffith Park riding facility and the more experienced rider would have more fun being able to put a horse through its paces again at a Griffith Park riding area for way less money.
Written April 21, 2014
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Madge C
Los Angeles, CA28 contributions
Family
This is a wonderful way to experience the natural beauty of Malibu. Talley, our guide, couldn't have been more helpful. She is an accomplished horsewoman who ensures both the safety of the rider and the horse. The trail takes you up into the mountains and affords the most spectacular views of this unique landscape. Something to savor and return to.
Written January 2, 2015
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joellg08
Menlo Park, CA15 contributions
Couples
My husband surprised me with a private trail ride for my birthday. We had the best time horseback riding with Talley and Cowboy Kevin! We felt like it was a double date with the best company! If you’ve never ridden horses before it’s ok, Talley and Kevin are great at giving instruction without making you feel dumb. The whole experience was just wonderful! Thanks Talley and Kevin for an unforgettable experience!
Written November 8, 2019
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Elizabethrap
Santa Monica, CA219 contributions
What an amazing Malibu experience!
This is an adventure for anyone regardless of your riding experience.

The women who runs the operation, Talley, is a very experienced horse women and will ensure you have a great and safe ride.

The horses are well cared for and safety is a concern for all riders.

Amazing views and a great way to see Malibu.
Written January 28, 2014
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Claucat
Redondo Beach, CA252 contributions
Couples
I bought the tickets for this attraction through Travel Zoo at a discount knowing it had to be a mid-week ride. Since I had not been on a horse in many years and neither had my husband it was actually better to do it mid-week when there were only four riders plus the guides. The horses were very tamed and gentle and the 1 1/2 hour ride into the mountains is beautiful and easy to handle even if you have no experience. Both our guides were very helpful and pleasant and although the woman that runs the program was a little tough on us as we were trying to understand how to ride a horse I know she had our best interest at heart and was concern for our safety. This is a fun thing to do with your family and I would recommend it.
Written April 19, 2013
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