OUT-RIDES IN THE COUNTRYLee-Anne JacobsBetween meeting office deadlines, busy school schedules and the general hustle and bustle of everyday life, it can be easy to get bogged down and forget about self-care.
Exercise, fresh air, and a few moments to let go are sometimes all we need to come back and re-centre ourselves. If you’re looking for something a little more exciting than a long walk, horse riding provides the perfect way to de-stress, have fun, while still getting some exercise.
Hopping into the saddle and going horse riding offers one of the most tranquil, yet connected experiences. Whether you’re an experienced rider who loves nothing more than the feel of the wind blowing through your hair or trying something new, there is a horse and a trail suited to you. With that in mind, we trotted high and low to find the most beautiful and breathtaking experiences for you and your family and our equine friends. If you’re looking for a way to get in the saddle, we’ve highlighted a few of the top equestrian opportunities in and around Gauteng.
Shepherd’s Fold Stables
Situated an easy distance from the sought-after suburbs of Fourways, Krugersdorp and Honeydew, Shepherd’s Fold Stables is a popular choice for riding trails catering for all levels of riders. With trained horses well-versed in the stunning trails and all rides supervised by our team of expert riders and grooms, you can rest easy knowing that you will be in the very best hands. 
Harties Horse Trail Safaris
Perfect for riders both young and old, Harties Horse Trail Safaris has a reputation as a favourite for horse riding adventures. Situated in the rustically gorgeous Silkaatsnek Nature Reserve, visitors can enjoy safe guided trails on a well-trained horse while viewing the wildlife up close. If you’re looking for a unique way to spend time with the love in your life, their romantic packages are just the thing!
Saddle Creek Adventures
This picturesque farm, nestled at the foot of the majestic Magaliesberg Mountains, is the perfect place for family-friendly outdoor equestrian adventures. Visitors to Saddle Creek can take in the incomparable views of the peaceful countryside while enjoying a refreshing ride on one of their exceptionally trained horses. Suited for riders of all ages, kids as young as 4-years old can join in on the fun. 
Adventure Zone Cullinan
With wide-open spaces and spectacular trails, visitors to the Adventure Zone Cullinan can let go of their troubles while enjoying a day in Mother Nature’s embrace. Whether you were born into a saddle or a new rider, Cullinan boasts a range of horses suited to all levels of riders. If you’re a bit of a nervous Nelly, their trained and friendly staff will be happy to keep an extra eye on you. 
With so many options at your disposal, enjoying unforgettable equestrian adventures has never been easier, and if that doesn’t convince you, wait until you take in the views! What are you waiting for?
It’s time to hop in that saddle and giddy up!