HAPPY TRAILS: Fred Welsh from Riverside Ranch and Sophie Turner relax in the saddle during a ride near Turners Beach. Photo: Adam Hourigan
HAPPY TRAILS: Fred Welsh from Riverside Ranch and Sophie Turner relax in the saddle during a ride near Turners Beach. Photo: Adam Hourigan

What better way to explore Yamba than on a horse?

WHAT better way to explore Yamba than on the back of a horse, reins in hand and the beach underfoot?

Fred Welsh from Yamba Riverside Ranch has been taking guests on trail rides this holiday season and said for those visiting the region there was no better way to get the real adventure experience.

"We ride in the river, on the beach and we've got 1800 acres of land here at Micalo Island to explore so there is a lot of open space and so many trails," Mr Welsh said.

Riding at Riverside Ranch is not like the nose-to-tail rides.

"We ride like mates out there," Mr Welsh said.

"We take a maximum of four horses out so we ride side by side and it's really personal.

"Because we do private riding parties like this I get to spend time with each person so for those who have never ridden before I can actually teach them how to ride."

From beginners to experienced riders, Mr Welsh caters for everyone.

"We probably get 60% brand-new riders who have never ridden before and about 30% experienced riders and the balance is riding lessons," he said.

Riverside Ranch also provides a horse introduction class for children under 10 years where they learn how to groom, saddle and care for horses.

With a mob of well-trained equines, Riverside Ranch is worth a visit when in the Clarence Valley.

Give the ranch a bell on 0432277589 or 66460430 to book.



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