Enjoy The Tempo Of An Equestrian Experience
Travel along on horseback you will be thrilled to see extremely notable rock formations, horseback riding is a fabulous way to get in touch with nature.
During your visit to the Wild Coast in the Eastern Cape, South Africa, enjoy the therapeutic experience of a horse ride on the beach. All thanks to Ocean Trails Equestrian Centre. Hear the ancient beat of waves on the beach as you enjoy the tempo of an equestrian experience. Enjoy the ocean spray, sun shining on your face and wind lifting your spirits. As we travel along the beach on horseback, and enjoy the stunning views, you will be thrilled to see extremely notable rock formations. This area is home to some of the oldest fossils to be found in South Africa. For very young children, a gentle pony experience is also available. Experienced guide, horse, riding gear and tack. Don’t forget sun protection. No prior horse riding experience necessary. The experience will be adapted to your competency levels.
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Horseback riding along paths through the beach or bush is one of the best ways to enjoy the outdoors. The quiet solitude provides a sense of peace and “at one” with both nature and the trusty stead.
The flora and fauna can be viewed from a wonderful vantage point and the ability to traverse the countryside quickly and easily enables some wonderfully long out rides to be achieved in a day.
Many trails are available on a day or ½ day basis and there are many operators that provide overnight and even 3-4 day out rides for the more adventurous.
There are a number of different styles of out rides available too which can provide you with that much dreamt about canter along a beach at sunset or the opportunity to take a gentle walk through a national park or area of historical significance.
A word on Horse Trails:
There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man. ~Winston Churchill
Heaven is high and earth wide. If you ride three feet higher above the ground than other men, you will know what that means. ~Rudolf C. Binding
I can always tell which is the front end of a horse, but beyond that, my art is not above the ordinary. ~Mark Twain
It is important to discuss with the activity operator your riding ability so that they can choose for you the horse from their stable which is most suited to give you the best ride possible, because you’ll be experiencing some wonderful scenery from an unusual vantage point don’t forget to pack your camera and, if you have, a set of binoculars.
Horses and ponies are measured in hands. A hand is equivalent to four inches. Anything less than 14.2 hands is classed as a pony. The tallest horse ever recorded was a massive 21 hands and weighed 1,370kg. The smallest was only 36cm!
There are more than 150 breeds of horses in the world.
The oldest horse ever recorded was called Old Billy and lived for a whopping 62 years. Old Billy was born in 1760 and spent his life towing barges along canals in Lancashire. He died in 1822.
The longest ever verifiable jump was 8.3 metres in 1951 by Amado, a horse owned by Colonel Lopez Del Hierro.
The fastest recorded horse was Grand National winner, Red Rum. He completed the 1973 Grand National course, a distance of 4.5 miles, in 9 minutes 1.9 seconds. This meant the punters’ favourite was averaging about 30 miles per hour! Not bad for a race horse on a course with jumps!
Horse Trail Adventure: Taking in the beauty of the ocean…
Man has been riding horses for many hundreds of years. Before the arrival of modern forms of transport, this was the primary means of getting from Point A to Point B (aside from walking of course).
Several operators offer guided horse trails in some of the most scenic areas of New Zealand. There are beach rides, bush rides and mountain rides. One usually can access areas on horseback which are otherwise inaccessible, and the extra elevation makes for a fantastic vantage point.