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Best of Canberra – horse riding

By Gabrielle Kneipp - 8 December 2015 10

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It may have started with my love of reading; all the best novels have a noble steed. Two of my Dad’s favourite poems are Mulga Bill’s Bicycle and The Man from Snowy River and so they were mine, too. This fictional love of horses soon grew into reality and I found so much pleasure came from horse riding.

My best friend lived on a property just outside the town I grew up in and would stay over on weekends in the hope I would get to ride her horse. (My other best friend had an alpaca farm…we took to riding in the back of the truck rather than terrorising the poor animals).

I haven’t taken the chance to explore options since moving here, so can you help me out Canberra? Where is the best place to go horse riding? Do you take lessons or go out for easy-going trail rides?

Let me know your favourite place to go horse riding in the comments below. I’ll visit the two most popular and decide the verdict in next week’s article.

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10 Responses to
Best of Canberra – horse riding
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TABC 6:45 pm
08 Dec 15
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Before I brought my own beautiful horse, Allie, I used to take lessons at Forest Riding Centre.. They’re VERY good at what they do, although I didn’t get a chance to go trail riding but they do have access to trails and pretty much everything you could want, as the Canberra Equestrian Centre is next door, with an awesome cross country course. Take your time picking a good riding instructor though. However if it’s trail riding you really want I suggest you take some friends and go to Jindabyne Equestrian Resort for two nights!!! Rita & Peter are fantastic and they’ll arrange something to suit everyone. It’s my favourite place to be, besides being with my gorgeous Allie..I look forward to being able to take Allie with me to Jindabyne Equestrian Resort one day to enjoy the trail rides & indoor arena, it really is a paradise for horse lovers.

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Oberon 9:04 pm
08 Dec 15
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Forest Park in Curtin has trail rides (generally walk and trot) and also group lessons (1 hour long). I had group lessons here for many years and found the overall standard of instructors to be quite high. They have horses to suit pretty much all levels of rider, from absolute beginner to competent rider. If you really want to develop your skills though I’d recommend private lessons. There are very few places that offer private lessons that don’t require you to supply your own horse… One coach who does offer this is Ruth Cotton at Googong Equestrian (google her). Ruth is very patient and motivating. She teaches horse handling and training as well as riding. After having lessons with her for 6 months I felt confident enough to get my own horse (best decision ever).

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Maya123 12:12 am
09 Dec 15
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The lead rider is the only one without a helmet. Having gone over the head of a horse during a jump and been knocked out for a short time, how silly does that look to me.

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cehendo 4:54 pm
09 Dec 15
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Can the author please change the picture to one that shows safe riding practices. The fact that the first rider isn’t wearing a helmet and the rest are wearing bicycles helmets (also very unsafe) doesn’t send a very good message to the public.

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ZJasmin 9:42 pm
09 Dec 15
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I ride three times a week out at Gooromon Park Horse Riding Centre at Hall. It’s a great, supportive environment, with highly qualified instructors and a really big variety of horses who are all well-cared for.

Riding is generally in an arena lesson environment, as well as lessons and short trail rides out in the paddock, and they do dressage/jumping.

They also have the opportunity to partially lease their horses (with conditions), and I do this and love it. I really feel like since I came back to riding last year after a 6 year break, Gooromon have helped me get right back to a confident level of ability, and have pushed me to increase my knowledge and skills.

I also really just love their horses, who don’t have the bored personalities of so many riding school horses, but are spirited and have big personalities. Highly recommend!

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Ellen Harvey 10:39 am
10 Dec 15
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cehendo said :

Can the author please change the picture to one that shows safe riding practices. The fact that the first rider isn’t wearing a helmet and the rest are wearing bicycles helmets (also very unsafe) doesn’t send a very good message to the public.

We have amended the article — the image is a stock photo, so I would assume it is a staged image. Although, the safety concerns hold. Thanks for the comment.

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Nilrem 11:45 am
10 Dec 15
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Riding a horse without a helmet is even dumber than riding a bicycle or motorcycle without a helmet. At least motorised forms of transport are relatively predictable in their behaviour.

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Maya123 1:07 pm
10 Dec 15
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Nilrem said :

Riding a horse without a helmet is even dumber than riding a bicycle or motorcycle without a helmet. At least motorised forms of transport are relatively predictable in their behaviour.

But the lead rider probably thinks she looks so ‘cool’! ‘Cool’ before brains!

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Nilrem 3:54 pm
10 Dec 15
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Maya123 said :

Nilrem said :

Riding a horse without a helmet is even dumber than riding a bicycle or motorcycle without a helmet. At least motorised forms of transport are relatively predictable in their behaviour.

But the lead rider probably thinks she looks so ‘cool’! ‘Cool’ before brains!

I guess it depends how much you worry about splashing your brains on the scenery.

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crackerpants 6:07 pm
10 Dec 15
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I baulked at the photo too – bike helmets! And sneakers!

My husband and I went for a trail ride at Forest Park, it was lovely, very professional. It was a good ride on good horses, although the grass was too tempting for mine. My husband had an easier time of it because his had grass reins. My 5 and 7 year olds have weekly lessons there. My 5 year old does little league, which is a 30min lesson where parents lead the ponies while the children learn basic skills, mixed up with games and trail rides. My 7 year old is in the beginners’ class, which is 1.5 hours including saddling and unsaddling and some theory. We love it there, and I’ve got to know most of the ponies my kids ride.

I can’t compare with other riding schools because it’s the only one we’ve been to. It’s in an easy location for us, we’re in Weston Creek so there are lots of horses and facilities around. My colleague jumps competitively and is friends with the manager at Forest Park. He warned me that the facilities are really run down and shabby, but it honestly doesn’t bother me. They have everything they need – including shelves and shelves of helmets and boots if you don’t have your own!

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