Blazing Saddles Horse, Pony & Trail Rides – Aireys Inlet


Aireys Inlet has just about everything – a lighthouse, lots of horses – and the best pub the stretch of the Great Ocean Road to boot.

The Horses
We will fly way up high
Where the cold wind blows
Or in the sun
Over water and cloud …
That’s the way it’s gonna be, little darlin’
We’ll be riding on the horses, yeah, yeah
Way up in the sky, little darlin’
 And if you fall, I’ll pick you up, pick you up …

Rickie Lee Jones and Walter Becker The Horses – Flying Cowboys (No, NOT written by Daryl Braithwaite!)

Get your giddy-up on, and head to Blazing Saddles for the best-ever bonanza ponderosa hit on the Surf Coast. The equestrian team here has everything covered. Rider safety is paramount, and the guarantee of a not-to-be forgotten experience is the bent here.

I hadn’t braved the saddle since dinosaurs ruled the earth, after my long-ago horse, Barnaby – equine artist extraordinaire of the pigroot – for the final bone-breaking buster, lovingly threw me under a bridge and into a deep and dungy ditch, leaving me, till my Blazing Saddles experience, forever disenchanted with all things horsey.

The decision to jump back into the saddle wasn’t altogether easy. Yet, this fine Surf Coast day, I had one of those out‑of‑the-blue National Velvet moments, and thought, ‘What the dang? I can do this.’ And by heck, I did. And, no regrets. I LOVED every hoof-beat of it, thanks to the professional guidance and encouragement of the Blazing Saddles guides.

There are some darn good rides to choose from here for the beginner, intermediate and experienced rider. The Aireys Pub ride held some wild appeal. But I didn’t quite have the nerve for the Lee Marvin hullabaloo, wandering-star type thing first up. I went back to basics, and did the intermediate beach-and-bush run. But I’ll be back for a clip-clop to the best little watering hole on the Surf Coast next equine adventure.

The beach-and-bush ride offers all that is beautiful to behold ‘round these parts, and the best of both worlds: a leisurely walk – on horseback, of course – through some of the prettiest Great Otway National Park bush country, and a cruisy saunter and trot along the spectacular Great Ocean Road’s Fairhaven Beach, winding up at Moggs Creek.

If you’ve not ridden for a while, don’t feel daunted. There’s no Man From Snowy River antics to be feared at Blazing Saddles. I asked for a horse without attitude, and the team here happily delivered on this front. I think this sweet animal was more frightened by the thought of me gracing its back than I was – temporarily – of it. You can choose to canter or not; go at your own pace; or follow the leader.

If you’re lucky, you may see a kangaroo or two or more; echidnas, too; and some rare and beautiful birdlife. The trails run through the pristine hills of The Otways and Great Ocean Road surf beaches – horse riding, cowgirl and cowboy paradise.

Take the littlies for a pony ride experience. The ponies here are just adorable, and you are free to walk about with and alongside your little equestrian during this gentle My Little Pony munchkin trek.

Blazing Saddles host pony parties, hens and bucks dos, and cater for groups and singles. School holiday clinics run regularly. Gift vouchers are also available.

A truly memorable, and highly recommended Surf Coast afternoon…

The wind of heaven is that which blows between a horse’s ears.  – Arabian Proverb

O! for a horse with wings!  – William Shakespeare, Cymbeline

Men are better when riding, more just and more understanding, and more alert and more at ease and more under-taking, and better knowing of all countries and all passages; in short and long, all good customs and manners cometh thereof, and the health of man and of his soul.  – Attributed to Edward Plantagenet

And if by chance you’re …

Feeling down? Saddle up.  – Author Unknown

Boots and helmets provided.

Blazing Saddles is open for biz mid-week at 10am, and 9am on weekends.

Blazing Saddles Trail Rides

Beach photograph curtesy Blazing Saddles.

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