A horse is the projection of peoples’ dreams about themselves – strong, powerful, beautiful – and it has the capability of giving us escape from our mundane existence.
Horse riding and trekking are popular pastimes in Queensland and can include club rides and local treks, through to extended riding/camping expeditions.
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Enjoy South East Queensland from your horse! Between Noosa and the Gold Coast, a multitude of horse trails make up the South East Queensland horse riding trail network. Covering a total of 547km, there is a range of environments to explore.
The Australian Adventure Activity Standard (AAAS) and associated Good Practice Guides are minimum, voluntary guidelines for conducting outdoor recreation activities . Designed primarily for organisations conducting outdoor recreation activities where the participants are dependent on the activity provider, they are also a useful reference for all outdoor enthusiasts.
Horse Safety Australia’s standards cover most areas within the horse industry. They were initially intended only for use by those involved in group riding situations, but now include those working with single riders as well. They are relevant to evaluating and improving existing riding programs, as well as establishing new programs. A site accreditation
process is available, in addition to the personal accreditation that occurs during our instructor and trail riding, or other specialized “clinics”.
Within Horse Safety Australia, no style of riding is favoured, all acceptable as long as the method is safe, is good horsemanship, and produces good results.
Horse Safety Australia Standards incorporate and in some cases exceed the requirements in the 2009 (revised) Australian Horse Industry Council Code of Practice (HorseSafe) for the horse industry and the Safe Work Australia Guide for managing risks when new and inexperienced persons interact with horses. They are designed to promote safe practices, and to aid in improving the effectiveness of any riding program. However, while compliance with these standards will assist in developing a good program, they cannot guarantee the safety or efficiency of any program.
The Australian Trail Horse Riders Association has developed a set of 13 Golden Rules for the environmentally aware horse rider.
Research and Reports on the Impacts of Horse Trail Riding
A tiny five-year-old from Queensland who stands just over a metre tall has braved darkness, the cold and rain to complete her first 40-kilometre horse ride in less than five hours.
Taylor Grogan, a fourth-generation endurance rider from the Sunshine Coast’s renowned Sample family, rode into the diverse terrain of the Mary Valley’s Imbil State Forest in the early hours of Sunday morning.
Horses are the only means of transport into the wilderness that has a mind of its own … there will never be more horses on the trails than the other user groups. The economics of owning horses and the sacrifices involved will keep their numbers modest. But the horse-human partnership is a unique and beautiful way to access nature. It has firm roots in our past and deserves a place in our present and future.
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