Hepburn Lagoon Trail Rides

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What do I wear?
    • Close fitting long trousers
    • Socks
    • Long sleeved top
    • Smooth soled boots with a small heel

    We recommend that you wear close fitting long trousers such as jeans.
    Tracksuit pants are not a good idea as they will rub. In cooler weather, skins under trousers will provide extra protection from rubbing.
    Socks are required.
    Boots will be provided – smooth soled boots with a small heel must be worn
    for horse riding.
    Horse riding is an active sport and so women are recommended to wear a sports bra.
    Thin gloves with some grip are a good idea to prevent blisters.
    Regulation safety helmets are provided and must be worn.

  • Is it easy to ride a horse?

    Horseback riding is like many other sports, in that there are many skills to be learned. There are basic skills that you must learn to be safe, and in control of the horse such as how to start, stop and turn independently. Once you've mastered those basics however, there are advanced riding skills that allow you to control the horse to finer degrees, and actually make it easier for your horse to carry you. Learning how to hold the reins and trot are skills that Kieran will help you to learn.

  • Will I fall off?

    It is possible. Like any sport, horseback riding has its risks. Horses are animals and so can be unpredictable.
    It is important to be aware that:

    • Horses are capable of acting independently of the rider and the extent to which the rider has control of the horse can suddenly change.
    • Horses are capable of acting independently, whether being ridden or not.
    • A horse is a large animal and the rider's head can be up to 3 metres above the ground. Serious injuries can result from a fall.

    At Hepburn Lagoon Trail Rides we are constantly focused on safety. Riders are given instructions before getting on the horse and while riding on the trail. Riders are continually monitored. Our saddles are stock saddles, which have a surcingle (backup girth). This equipment is checked regularly. All of our horses are very experienced and comfortable with novice riders.
    Wearing safety equipment like a helmet and riding boots can go a long way to keeping you safe as you ride.

  • Is horse riding bad for your body?

    Falling off of a horse is bad for your body! Riding a horse is only bad for your body if you already have health issues that are exacerbated by the activity. Women who are pregnant are not permitted to ride. Heavily overweight people should not ride. If you have things like back or knee problems, it's probably best to consult with a doctor or physiotherapist and consider their advice.
    Horseback riding is exercise. It burns calories, muscles, requires strength, balance and body awareness. It can be an aerobic exercise and requires flexibility. Horseback riding builds confidence, reasoning, memory and analytical skills for a mental workout too. Horseback riders can actually become better riders by doing strength and flexibility training off the horse as well.

  • Will I be sore from riding?

    If you are new to riding then yes, you will feel the muscles in your legs and buttocks.

  • Do you accept credit or bank card on the day?

    Payment is cash on the day.

  • Do I need to book?

    Yes, bookings are essential for all of our rides.
    Bookings can be made by phone.

  • What are your age restrictions?

    The minimum age is 6 years old. Children need to be robust and resilient to complete the ride.

  • Is there a weight limit?

    Yes. Weight limits do apply. This depends on age, experience, height and fitness levels. plus the availability of appropriate horses. All queries need to be discussed with Kieran. People who are overweight will find horse riding extremely hard on their knees and ankles.

  • Do I need to have riding experience?

    No, riding experience is not necessary as we cater to riders of all levels from novice to the experienced.

  • Can I take a camera?

    We recommend that you do not take your camera or smart phone on the ride, particularly if you are a beginner. We prefer that your hands and concentration be solely on riding the horse! There will be opportunities for photos on the horse when you return or the staff could take some photos for you on the ride.

  • Do I need to arrive early?

    Arrive at least 30 minutes before your ride is scheduled to depart to ensure everyone is ready and equipped for the ride.

  • Can I canter?

    There are opportunities for cantering in the bush.

  • Where do we go for our ride?

    Riders are guided along a wide shoulder of a country road up to and through the Wombat State Forest.

  • Are the horses quiet and safe?

    Yes, our horses are trail riding horses and are used to inexperienced riders.
    They are well behaved and we have certain horses that are suitable for complete beginners and other more forward horses for the more experienced rider.

  • Are your horses for sale?

    Many of our riders fall in love with our horses after a ride! Usually we don't sell our horses but at times we do have horses for sale. Just ask!

  • What are your opening hours?

    We are open most days including public holidays. Rides usually go out at 11am each day. It is simply a matter of contacting Kieran and booking in.

  • Are your guides experienced?

    All of our staff are very experienced in working with horses and with people.

  • Do you have insurance?

    Yes. Details are available on request.

  • Do I have to sign anything?

    Yes we have a Waiver form and medical form, which must be completed and signed before the ride.