Horse riding is a wonderful pastime for Perth kids. It not only introduces children to these magnificent creatures, but it teaches them how to interact and control the horse while riding. When the kids get a bit older, they can enjoy a leisurely or scenic horseback ride through the Perth hills or along a gorgeous trail. If you’ve considered taking your children horse riding, here are some places you can go around Perth.
Horse riding is a great way to introduce kids to these gorgeous animals.
Perth Horse Riding Centre is located in Haynes, Armadale and specialises in children and adult riding, as well as beginners and nervous riders. They match the best horse to the rider’s experience or capabilities to ensure the safest and greatest experience for all. Private lessons start from $55.
Forge Farm not only provide lessons for children, but they also offer a range of kids’ horse riding activities, including a Christmas twilight forest ride, a one hour trail ride for tiny tots, birthday parties and the opportunity to ‘own’ a pony for the day. Lessons start from $50.
This picturesque farm and riding school is home to the Saturday Saddle Club, a fortnightly, term-long program in which kids are assigned a pony to care for during the term and have the opportunity to learn all about horse care – and make some new friends in the process. The Saddle Club does not include lessons and is usually attended in conjunction with lessons, which are $400 for a ten-week term, and discounts are offered for additional family members who join.
Foxwood Equestrian Centre offers lessons for adults and children aged six years and over. New riders to the centre are required to undertake a 30-minute assessment to determine their level of skill and capability. Lessons start from $60.
Showgrounds Equestrian Centre is located at the Royal Showgrounds in Claremont, just under 10km from the Perth CBD. They offer riding lessons for kids aged four and over and run day camps for children who would like to learn more about feeding, saddlery, tack and horse health. Lessons start from $60.
(Pic: Showgrounds Equestrian Centre Facebook.)
Claremont Theraputic Riding Centre, Mount Claremont Address: Cnr Brockway Road and John XXII Avenue, Mount Claremont
Phone: 9384 3492
This organisation was originally founded in 1972 as an outlet for disabled people to enjoy horse riding. Based at the Brockway Road Centre in Claremont, children and adults with a disability can take part in private lessons or integrated lessons with people without a disability. Lessons start from $20.
Brockman’s Riding School caters for children aged five and over and has a variety of programs and activities, including lessons, school camps, birthday parties and trail rides. Lessons start from $65 and pony rides start from $45.
(Pic: Brockmans Riding School Facebook.)
Horse riding is a wonderful way for kids to learn about horses, make new friends and have fun, without parents having to resort to buying a pony.
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