Horses are very intuitive animals, they will figure you out easily and we will try to match their personalities and skills with your own to make this a pleasurable experience for all
Health and Safety
Basic Safety and Manners while Riding
Riding a horse is a physical activity that requires you to use your body so a measure of fitness is required. When you are riding, please be aware that you are working with your horse, you do have to be an active participant. Our guides will teach you
the basics of riding a horse. It is then up to you to practise these skills.
Be sure, to be honest about your experience level as both the horses and the guides will notice what you are and are not capable of doing and we do not want to disappoint by the refusal of a trek for safety concerns. If you are nervous or suffer from a physical disability or illness, please make sure this is made clear to your guide so we can help you in any way necessary.
It is a requirement that you wear one of the helmets that we provide or bring your own. Always wear covered footwear. Follow the guide's instructions they are there to ensure you have a safe and enjoyable experience.
Respect the horses. Talk to your horse as you approach from the side so they are aware of your presence. Horses spook at loud noises or sudden movements be aware of your actions. Take notice of your environment and the horse's behaviour, you will hopefully become confident with his personal characteristics and actions. These are intelligent animals.
Children are to be supervised at all times and kept away from the horses until we are ready to help them mount their horse. We have an age limit of 7 years plus as we trek out in all-terrain and require a child to pay attention, keep their feet in the stirrups and fit our saddles. We DO NOT allow babies or toddlers to ride on the same horse as an adult this is a dangerous and preventable risk.
Good riding practise
Horses can be spooked by sudden movements and noises. Being aware of your surroundings as well as your horse is important. We ride through paddocks with sheep/cattle that can pop out from hiding places. The horses will also interact with each other as they are a herd. Riding your horse must be a partnership. Help him to help you. For example secure flapping/lose clothing and
don’t constantly pull on your horse's mouth.