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Published September 14th 2018
(by idunlop / Public Domain)
From Beenleigh to Caboolture, it easier than ever to climb on a horse in Brisbane. While thoroughbreds race across Albion Park, Clydesdales trot along Brisbane's parkland. The regal sport of equestrian is now more accessible as a hobby-horse for animal lovers of all ages.
Before riding like the wind, you'll need a helmet, long pants and closed shoes. It's more fun if you're a healthy weight, avoiding tender saddle sores.
When you arrive at the stable, introduce yourself with the horse's handshake – place the back of your hand near the horse's nose. It's a great way to break the ice and it works with most animals (I'm yet to try it with snakes, crocodiles, and sharks though).
The therapeutic benefits of riding are offered to able-bodied and those with a disability at this specially adapted centre in Pinjarra Hills.
Trained volunteers create personalised programs for each rider to provide motor and sensory input, interaction with gentle horses and levels of independence. The primary focus is safety, for the riders and the animals.
Dressage, games and development squads give riders of all abilities a fulfilling goal to aim for.
Royals Equestrian Riding School McConnell Tce Bowen Hills; on the RNA Showgrounds. Private or small group lessons. Damien and Josh are great teachers of all ages. I was really afraid of horses after some bad experiences, but after understanding the basics better and learning how to manage the horses, now my lesson if the highlight of the week. We are so lucky to have this facility in the centre of Brisbane; I go down there during the week and would go every day if I could. I am feeling so confident now, that I have just paid for a 10-lesson pack.