Sunday, May 17, 2015

Horseback Riding and Quad Biking Australia!

This was one of my first real adventures in Australia. I saw on an AuPair Facebook book page a group of AuPair who wanted to go horseback riding. So I decided to join them. The plan was to do horseback riding and then Wuad biking.

Glenworth valley is about 1 hour and 10 minutes from Sydney. It was my first solo drive on a major Australian highway. But wow, Glenworth Valley was beautiful!

I arrived at Glenworth stables and meet up with the other AuPairs. They were all German except for one girl who was from Italy.  

There was a really large stable that had at least 50 horses on it. It was finally time to start riding and they lead us into the stable. I got paired with the BIGGEST horse I've ever seen. Her name was Dory, and I had to be boosted up by the rancher. I've rode horses before, but not very much, and being up on top of Dory was a little frightening to say the least. 

We learned the basic commands, such as pull back to slow, and how to turn, and stop. 

The ride itself was very nice. I talked a lot to our guide who was super friendly. She told me all about their horses and the stable. Apparently Dory is a senior horse in the group, and one of the most gentle. Even children ride her. 

The trail itself was very beautiful, with lots of bush. I could defiantly tell the difference between an Australian and the trails on Vancouver island.

We weren’t allowed to take photos on the horse—they want to avoid a horse bolting mid selfie.
We stopped at a river and the horses started to paw the water which was really funny. 
They also took pictures of us. Which was quite nice.

I really enjoyed the ride back because I got to gallop! That was so much fun.

Overall I really enjoyed horseback riding and it's something I would love to do more of in Australia. I would for sure recommend the company; there were professional, knowledgeable, and lots of fun!

We had a couple hour break between horseback riding and quad biking. So we had some lunch and I got to know the other AuPairs.

After lunch was Quad Biking. Now I've never been quad biking before... 

It was a little scary at first. But before we even got out on the track we had to complete a series of different driving maneuvers. Definite flashbacks to driving tests in school.

Once we all completed the test we got to go out on the trail. It was a lot of fun bumping up and down on the road. We eventually got to a little race track where you could go around and around as fast as you wanted over little hills and tight corners.

I may have had to pull over a couple times to let people pass me.

Overall it was a great adventurous day!

Don't forget to check out the VIDEO of this adventure :)

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