So, here’s a secret: In 23 years I have never ridden a horse. Why I hear you ask? I guess the opportunity has never arisen. In the meantime I have ridden two elephants, but you will come to learn that I like to do things backwards. Now, I was a bit apprehensive before getting on my horse, because I am not exactly the most graceful and coordinated person in the world. But when a friend from Canada visited and wanted to visit Horseshoe Bay Ranch for some horse riding on Magnetic Island, I thought it’s now or never.
Horse Riding on Magnetic Island: The Experience
We arrived at 8:30am for prep, before beginning the ride at 9 (afternoon rides are also available). My horse was Bronson, who was a young boy with the coolest mohawk ever. I felt like we connected from the start. Our group consisted of 10 people, with 6 staff accompanying us. So you knew that if you got stuck at all there would be someone there to help.
They gave you brief instructions before the ride, and I thought, I could do this. Then we began our ride through the bush to the beach. And shock horror, we did alright. The only trouble I had was making Bronson go a bit faster. You’re meant to dig your heels in, right, to make them pick up the pace? Well I swear I tried to, but no matter how hard I kicked Bronson kept it slow and steady.
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Once we got to the beach we got changed into our sexy stinger suits and hopped back on our horses to go bareback into the water. And just saying, it is damn hard holding onto a horse in the sea. It gets so slippery on its back and all you’ve got to hold onto is their mane. I (surprise surprise) was the only person to fall in. But in my defence Bronson decided he wanted to go really deep, so I just slid in. It ended up being really fun and unique though.
After we got changed it was time to get back on Bronson and trek back through the bush to the ranch. During the ride we got the chance to try trotting, which was very cool, but my backside paid for it in the morning. I was still feeling sore three days after. Seriously.
The ride goes for about three hours and is definitely worth the $100 price tag for a bit of fun from bush to beach.