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Published June 4th 2014
A novel way to see the bush
If you've ever dreamed of experiencing the Australian bush on horseback then Limestone Coast Horseriding is the place for you. You'll find it situated at Kerami, a working farm on the Riddoch Highway, 20 kilometres south of Naracoorte and for the day trippers or weekenders it's about 350 kilometres from Adelaide.
It's a fabulous way to spend an hour or an afternoon and your host Julie has a relaxing influence that will make even the apprehensive rider feel right at home. Riders of all levels are welcome and the magnificent horses, while coming from a variety of backgrounds are very calm and you'll be matched by your ability. My personal favourite is Chime, a majestic Clydesdale cross who I had the pleasure of riding.
My Lovely Steed Chime
Julie, a former teacher - which is evident in her patient and informative style - opened the riding centre in 2001. She offers the opportunity to ride through Kerami on four different trail rides including the very unique Robertson's Cave Trail. You can even enjoy a gourmet bush picnic along with the impressive scenery.
Julie readying the horse
There are four trails to choose from as well as Garden Rides and lessons. The kids can have a 40 minute led garden ride for $15. A novel idea for their next birthday party.
The lessons come in two formats: the Horse Experience which includes grooming, saddling and a garden ride for $25 or the Riding Lesson, where you'll get instructions on horse care management as well as a pleasure ride for $35.
If you want to go on a trail, but fear your group's riding skills are not up to it, then you have the option of a lesson/trail combo. You'll get an introductory lesson followed by the Bushland Trail ride for $65.
The Bushland Trail ride is a one and a half hour ride through wild stringy bark and bracken fern scrub, where you might see the occasional kangaroo or echidna. You'll have the opportunity to practice trotting and for the more daring a chance to canter. This is all at the pace of the group, with lots of encouragement and support to make it an enjoyable ride. It is great value at $50 per person.
The Forest Trail will take you through pine forests and heritage scrub and again you'll enjoy the flora and fauna of the Australian bush. This is a 2 hour ride for $65 per person. You'll have the same opportunity to trot and canter as well as having a rest under the giant Red Gum to take it all in.
You'll get to rest under this ancient Red Gum
The Giant Red Gum Picnic Trail is a 3 hour ride with a gourmet bush picnic included for $80 per person. This unique tour reveals a living gem. The largest red gum on public land in the Limestone Coast, it's estimated to be between 600 and 800 years old.
Last, but by no means least, is the Robertson's Cave Trail and this must be the most exceptional horse riding trail in existence. You'll learn about the region's geology, explore the cave as well as the ride and gourmet picnic.
The unique Robertson's Cave
We enjoyed a fabulous morning with Julie at Limestone Coast Horseriding to celebrate a friend's birthday. The five of us had all ridden in our youth and had a great time as it all came back to us. It's just like riding a bike…or in this case a horse.
They have all the riding equipment you'll need from boots and jackets to helmets of course. You certainly don't need riding experience to enjoy an outing on horseback at Kerami. This is one for the bucket list.