Saddle up and canter along a pristine beach, trot across rolling farmland and walk through dense karri forest on a horse riding tour through Denmark.
Denmark is a magnificent holiday destination this season with mild temperatures and cooling breezes that blow off the Great Southern Ocean, making it comfortable for a whole heap of outdoor summer activities. If you're interested in touring Denmark by horseback, the Lazy R Pony Stud is the only place to go. Most of the rides are held on the Lazy R property where dense karri forest, swamp land and hilly terrain provide the perfect location for a scenic and interesting day in the saddle.
Most of the guests at Lazy R have little to no horse riding experience. Most of the horses are quiet and friendly making them suitable for riders of all ages and skill levels, and there is even a number of Shetland Ponies on the property for smaller children.
When you arrive at Lazy R, the first thing you'll do is spend 15 minutes in the training yard. This gives most riders the confidence to head out onto the horse riding trails, allows the owner to match you to a horse, and teaches you the basics.
From this point the tours depend on the ability level of the group. No more than 10 to 15 riders go out at one time and tours last up to an hour. If the group's horse riding skills are varied, one of the five instructors will take the better riders off into a canter and head to some of the more remote parts of the property. For safety reasons, groups are never without an instructor, despite their previous experience.
If the thought of cantering along a white sandy beach appeals to you, a 65km ride to Parry's Beach and back can be arranged. This is a full day trip, and while not one of the most popular rides at Lazy R, they will happily take large groups down to the ocean and provide morning tea, lunch, and afternoon tea on arrival back at the stud.
Anyone attending a horse riding tour will need to wear long pants and closed in shoes, preferably a flat-soled boot, although sneakers are fine. Make sure you book your adventure at least 24 hours in advance.
If you're down in Denmark for the school holidays, Lazy R run popular residential horse riding camps for anyone aged eight to 16. With a maximum of 10 children on every camp, the kids literally spend five straight days learning how to ride a horse, playing games and generally having a blast.
Each morning begins with a training session in the yard where the child is initially matched with an appropriate horse before moving into a bigger yard where they work on their technique. Over the week the group visits loads of different trail rides, play horseback games such as Horse Ball (think pass ball on horseback), and even have a mini gymkhana at the end of the week. The evenings are filled with other games and a quiz night where the children have to take apart a bridal and put it back together.
Children on the camps need absolutely no horse riding experience and sleep in a large dormitory with all meals provided.
If your kids would enjoy a horse riding camp but are uncomfortable spending the night away from mum and dad, you can drop them off at 9am each morning and pick them up at 5pm. If you'd like a relaxing day to yourselves to visit wineries or have a long lunch, sending your kids along for just a day is also a popular option with many parents.
Lazy R has a wooden cottage on their property if you'd rather spend the week with your children. Sleeping up to seven people, the country-style cottage is fully self-contained and great for families whose children are restless on their own. There will be two camps run during these summer school holidays, from January 4-9 then again from January 18-23.The camps are always fully booked, so to make sure your child doesn't miss out, make sure you call well in advance.