The Lakewood Equestrian Center (LEC) is a public equestrian facility located at 11369 East Carson St., Lakewood, CA 90715.
The boarding and training of horses as well as the instruction of riders are the key services offered by the equestrian center. The boarding and training facility is available to the general public 24 hours a day, seven days a week, from the early morning hours until late in the evening. At the moment, the establishment has the capacity to stall 206 horses and offers training in the equestrian sports of dressage, western pleasure, and hunter/jumper.
Additionally, the location provides access to miles of trails along the regional multi-use San Gabriel River trail system, as well as the city’s very own Nature Trail that runs along the western side of the San Gabriel River and the nearby Rynerson Park.
The equestrian complex also offers a petting zoo, pony rides, camps, birthday parties, and other special activities for families through a private firm called Pony Time.
Pony Time offers pony rides and the opportunity to feed various animals every Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Appointments can be made for children to participate in trail rides as well as instruction. To make an appointment, please call the office at the following number: 1-562-916-7669.
Shoestring City Ranch
The Shoestring City Ranch is an equine rehabilitation program that assists stray horses and teaches young people the practical and social skills necessary to properly care for an animal.
Because they are located in an urban setting, they provide children who might not otherwise have the opportunity to learn about animals and green space with some of the experiences that are typical of a farm. Education is vital to them, and maintaining a secure environment for these enormous and gorgeous beasts is also very important to them.
The institution is run entirely by volunteers, and financial contributions are the only source of funding for the animal welfare work that is done there. Kids get experience working together as part of a team while taking care of the horses at this ranch. In addition to this, they develop their sense of responsibility while simultaneously enhancing their self-confidence and their ability to communicate with their contemporaries.
A significant number of the horses that are brought to the Shoestring City Ranch have either been mistreated, rescued from being slaughtered, or their previous owners are unable to provide for their needs anymore. Their objective is to provide permanent homes for the horses that they rescue, with the expectation that those horses would spend the rest of their lives bringing happiness to the families that adopt them.
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