There's something so relaxing about horseback riding – the gentle motion of the horse, the earthy scent of grass and hay, the isolated surroundings – and it's one of those activities that most people enjoy. Rejuvenate with a solo ride or enjoy the social aspect of horse riding at one of these Brisbane schools. Giddy up!
Slickers Horse Riding school (Dunlop Lane, Kurwongbah) is a favourite with riders of all ages, offering various experiences for young and old. There's riding lessons and practice trail rides for those still needing to master the basics, and many different activities desgined for all levels of riding experience. Slickers hosts Pony Parties for children aged six and up and has a school holiday programme that encourages children to get active and get outdoors. For the adults, there's an adult riding group (The Big Kids Club), corporate days and winery and pub trail rides. Slickers Farm Stay experience is also very popular.
Enjoy the beautiful backdrop of the Brisbane River when you take a ride at the Riverside Equestrian Centre (3666 Moggill Road, Moggill). The centre focuses on teaching horse care and grooming as well as the basics of riding; their lessons teach riders how to catch and saddle their horse, as well as how to ride it. For children there are full and half day riding camps during the school holidays and riding clubs for those who wish to ride casually. Riverside Equestrian Centre has a small indoor centre in addition to its outdoor facilities, making it an all weather venue, and also allows patrons to bring their own horse.
The Pine Rivers Riding for the Disabled Association (North Pine Country Park, Dayboro Road, Petrie) offers horse riding for people with disabilities, who are taught by accredited coaches and fully trained volunteers. Horse riding has been proven to have therapeutic benefits for those with cognitive, emotional and physical conditions. The Pine Rivers school teaches horse riding and organises informal equestrian events and competitions between other Riding for the Disabled Association schools.
Horse riding is a great way to spend a day alone or with friends and family. To find a school closer to you, check out this website.