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Magazines : Breakaway Autumn 2011
IT was like a scene out of a movie. Here I was, riding my trusty steed, Elmo, on a picturesque beach with the famous Split Point lighthouse in the background. But there was one problem: Elmo didn’t like water and he was refusing to go anywhere near the waves, which were gently lapping on the sand. Despite my best efforts to entice him closer to the water, poor Elmo and I had to be content with a trot on the dry sand while my trail-mates and their horses gaily ambled among the waves. I wasn’t lonely for too long though, as we were soon back in the bush. Blazing Saddles trail rides give animal lovers the beach and bush experience in a three-hour ride, so you get the best of the Great Ocean Road experience. The ride begins just after noon, so day-trippers have plenty of time to enjoy the drive and reach Blazing Saddles’ stables in Aireys Inlet. Helmets and gumboots are provided and each rider has their ability assessed before being paired with a horse that will suit them. After wriggling myself into Elmo’s saddle, we’re off and setting out for the bush at a sedate pace. Our horses head along the meandering paths as the trail ride leader takes more confident riders for a canter. It takes about an hour to reach Fairhaven beach, where curious beachgoers look at us. After my unsuccessful attempt to get Elmo closer to the water, we start our return ride to Blazing Saddles HQ as a cool change sweeps in. “It’s lovely, isn’t it?’’ a fellow rider remarks. ‘’You really do get the best of the Surf Coast on this ride – the hot and cold weather, the beach and the bush.’’ I couldn’t help but agree as the return journey takes riders up and down hills, with plenty of opportunities to spot local wildlife. We also ride past the ‘’creche’’ – the ranch breeds its own horses, so the adorable foals are kept in one paddock. Blazing Saddles also runs 15-minute pony rides for kids, while parents can relax with a coffee at the cafe. INSIDER’S TIPS • Wear comfortable, close-toed shoes and trousers that cover your leg to avoid scratches from stray branches. • If you’re going on the beach ride, consider wearing a pair of riding gloves to prevent blisters and chafing. • Be prepared to feel some aches and pains the day after. Horse riding is hard work. Trail blazers ELIZA SUM rides a horse from bush to beach at Aireys Inlet Photo:GlennFerguson INFO A three-hour beach and bush ride costs $90, but shorter rides are available from $40. Blazing Saddles is located at Lot 1, Bimbadeen Drive, Aireys Inlet. Phone 5289 7322 or 0418 528 647. blazingsaddlestrailrides.com Eliza experienced the trail ride thanks to Blazings Saddles. TRYIT GEELONG ADVERTISER I 27
Breakaway Summer 2010
Our Place - Geelong Region Magazine 2011