• Close fitting long trousers
• 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.
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.
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.
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.
If you are new to riding then yes, you will feel the muscles in your legs and buttocks.
Payment is cash on the day.
Yes, bookings are essential for all of our rides.
Bookings can be made by email or by phone.
The minimum age is 6 years old. Children need to be robust and resilient to complete the ride.
Yes. We are unable to cater to people who are heavier than 100kgs. However this depends on age, experience, height and fitness levels. All queries need to be discussed with Kieran. People who are overweight will find horse riding extremely hard on their knees and ankles.
No, riding experience is not necessary as we cater to riders of all levels from novice to the experienced.
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.
Arrive at least 30 minutes before your ride is scheduled to depart to ensure everyone is ready and equipped for the ride.
There are opportunities for cantering in the bush.
Riders are guided along a wide shoulder of a country road up to and through the Wombat State Forest.
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.
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!
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.
All of our staff are very experienced in working with horses and with people.
Yes. Details are available on request.
Yes we have a Waiver form and medical form, which must be completed and signed before the ride.