If you like to get out and about on your trusty steed, Ipswich offers a number of horse riding trail options and facilities in the larger conservation estates. You’ll find everything you and your gee-gee need to enjoy a great day out.
There are a number of clubs and groups in the Ipswich area dedicated to horse riding. Most offer membership to people of all interest and skill levels, often organising social gatherings for members to get to know one another. The major club in the region is Ipswich & District Trail Horse Riders, part of the Australian Trail Horse Riders Association, which holds trail rides at least once a month.
Like any activity involving venturing out into nature, when horse riding it’s wise to take a number of simple steps to keep yourself safe. Before you head off, be sure to notify someone of your planned route, check weather forecasts, fire and weather warnings and all equipment. Importantly, always wear a correctly fitted helmet and other safety gear. Pack plenty of water, food and sunscreen, ensuring you are dressed appropriately. Take along a fully-charged mobile phone with emergency contact details saved.
While most horse riders are respectful of the environment and other people while out in nature, it’s always worth remembering the key things we all need to stick to in order to protect what we came to enjoy: