Magnetic Island has everything...including swimming with horses!
20/5/14 - 20/5/14
How do you pass up an opportunity to go horseback riding through the bush, along the beach, and through the surf when you're on Magnetic Island?
It's simple. You don't.
Although it's a bit expensive, Horseshoe Bay Ranch is comparable to other horse rides in Australia. And it's definitely worth it. We were just a group of 4, plus the owner and 2 volunteer guides.
There are no words to describe riding horseback through the bush and being surrounded by wallabies hopping everywhere, so I'm not going to try to describe that. But it was awesome!
Eventually we made it out to the beach, and walked along the sand for a bit. The weather cooperated and we actually had sun!
We then stopped for a break and to take the saddles off before going into the water. Once the saddles were off, the horses immediately were on the ground rolling around in the sand with their legs in the air, perfect picture of happiness. So cute!
We suited up with stinger suits (the last of the season) and then hopped back on the horses, bareback, and headed into the water.
That was pretty awesome too, I think the horses liked the refreshing water too.
All too soon we were headed back to the ranch and it was over. I'm glad the horses seemed happy and well cared for, and they've done this routine so many times they know when to walk, trot, and stop, and all you have to do is hold on! (Sorry there aren't more pictures, I was too busy trying to hold on! )