How do I know my riding ability before I book?
We define levels of riding ability as:
Beginner: First time rider or learning to trot.
Intermediate: Can do a rising trot without hanging onto the saddle and is comfortable at a slow canter or learning to canter.
Experienced: Fit rider. Comfortable at all paces including a gallop with an independent seat, soft hands, and is confident on a forward-moving horse at all paces over all kinds of terrain.
What should I wear for horse riding?
No matter what the temperature is, always wear long pants or you will go home with rubbed legs and matted hairs on your legs if you don’t shave them.
What about footwear?
Most boots with a heel work when riding. We have some boots available for use but it’s better if you wear ones that fit your foot.
Do I need to have ridden before?
No, we cater for all levels of riders at Spring Creek Horse Rides. If you haven’t been horse riding before we will carefully match you to the appropriate horse and show you the basics to get you comfortable in the saddle. It’s only when you’re comfortable that we’ll head off through the bush.
What’s the youngest age a child can go on a trail ride?
We have a minimum age of eight as the shortest of our trail rides is one hour. Usually we will lead their horse from the leaders’ horse. We also offer led pony rides through the property if you wish to give the younger children exposure to horse riding.
Is there a weight limit?
The maximum one of our horses can carry is 125kg. We have limited horses available to carry over 80kg. Feel free to call us before booking to check if we have enough horses left to accomodate. Otherwise you will hear from us after booking if we have exhausted our limit.
Will I get to canter?
If you are a competent rider, there is plenty of opportunity to have a canter. We even sometimes get first-timers cantering if they show good balance and co-ordination.
Where do we ride?
Our property backs on to the Great Otway National Park. We ride out the back gate and could keep going for days.
Where is Spring Creek Horse Rides located?
Our address is 245 Portreath Road, Bellbrae. It’s signposted all the way from the Anglesea Road, both from the roundabout at Hendy Main Road and just after the roundabout at Bellbrae and from the roundabout at Forrest Road coming from Anglesea.
If you use a GPS, then type in Hendy Main Road or Gundrys Road, as Portreath Road will sometimes take you the wrong way.
If you do get lost, simply call us and we will help get you back on the right track.
How do we pay?
Our preference is online booking with payment made by card. Please call us if booking online is an issue.
What happens if it’s raining?
We will decide on the day if the ride needs to be cancelled due to the weather. We supply riding coats, and most of the ride is sheltered. A bit of rain won’t affect the trail ride.
Am I able to cancel my booking?
Under some conditions you are able to cancel your booking – please contact us by phone or email to cancel or inquire about a cancellation, and read our Terms and Conditions page for more information.
What Covid Safe Measures do you have in place?
We abide by our Covid safe plan and ensure social distancing, hand sanitiser, strict cleaning processes of shared equipment, and record keeping.
What if I have Special Requirements?
Please ensure special physical requirements or disabilities are stated before any booking has been made. We will do our best to accomodate.
How long are Gift Vouchers valid for?
Gift Vouchers are valid for 12 moths from the date they were issued.