Ranch Hands work with the horses in the Arena on a dusty day

Horse of the Sun Ranch

Healing the Spirit

Horse of the Sun Ranch is a program of the Armed Services YMCA San Diego that provides an array of equestrian and respite activities. We are principally focused on healing the spirits of military families and at-risk youth.

Nestled in the foothills of the Cuyamaca Mountains, Horse of the Sun Ranch allows you to experience some of the most spectacular natural surroundings that Southern California has to offer.

Mind, Body & Spirit

Building a relationship with a horse is an intensely uplifting and empowering experience for children and adults, creating lasting, positive benefits:

  • Enhances Social Relationships
  • Learn to Recognize, Accept and Cope with His / Her Fear
  • Fosters Feeling of Independence
  • Enhances Comprehension and Memory Skills
  • Teaches Anticipatory Response

Programs at Horse of the Sun Ranch

Equestrian Day Camp

This program allows children to travel to Horse of the Sun Ranch and participate in a variety of activities including horseback riding, feeding, and grooming horses, archery, gardening, hiking, and more! Camp pricing is $199.

Horseback Riding School

Learn all the fundamentals of horseback riding and horse care under the careful guidance of our Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA) expert instructors and experienced education horses.

Ranch Day

Bring family, friends, or staff out for a day on the ranch! Activities include horseback riding, archery, gardening, leathercraft, and more.

Home School/Charter School Program

This program allows children to enjoy Horse of the Sun Ranch and participate in a variety of activities including horseback riding, feeding, and grooming horses, archery, gardening, hiking, and much more!

Toddler Thursday

This program allows parents with children between the ages of 2 years old to 5 years old to enjoy Horse of the Sun Ranch and participate in singing songs, making crafts, pony rides, feeding, grooming horses and more!

HorsePlay with Ziksana Consulting

Working with horses requires us become clear, confident, and trustworthy in our approach, making us better leaders at work and in life. Come experience this one-of-a-kind training at Horse of the Sun Ranch in Pine Valley, California!

Meet Our Horses

Interested in helping feed and nurture one of these wonderful horses? Be sure to click “Learn More” on each horses bio!

Cappy

Jack-of-All-Trades

Little Moon

The Paint Canvas

Jo Joe

The Can-Do Kid

Hank

The Steadfast Heart

Tivio

The Work-a-Holic

Tonka

The Gentle Giant