Zambezi Horse Trails

Zambezi Horse Trails

Novice Rider Requirements

(Short Morning or Afternoon Horse Rides Only)

No previous experience is required for our novice rides, but you should be reasonably fit. Your riding ability will be assessed and you will be given support and guidance as necessary. At the beginning of the ride Alison gives riders brief instructions on controlling their horses, and guides accompanying the ride will assist throughout. Clients will have to control their own horses. For clients who have done some riding there will be opportunities to trot, or even canter, but only if they are proficient enough to do so. The horses used on morning and afternoon rides are of quiet and relaxed disposition.

Click here to read more about our experienced rider requirements.

Weight Limit

This is your weight in your riding clothes and should include anything else you wish to carry. Our guides will carry your water for you.

Novice rides: 85kg

To avoid embarrassment be warned that you may be required to step on the scales.  

Weight Supplement: An extra charge of 50% is required for riders above our weight limit. This is at the discretion of the company and subject to experience and circumstances. Allowances may be made, only for very experienced riders, or for those who are tall and fit. This will be at our discretion.  


Although we have MARS (Medial Ambulance and Rescue Service) cover, this only deals with evacuation to the nearest appropriate medical facility. Beyond this you will need to be covered by your own full Medical/Travel Insurance, of which we ask you provide us with details prior to the start of your ride. Please check whether your insurance covers you for riding without a helmet, should you wish to do so.  


All clients are required to sign an indemnity form on arrival at the stables.  


Qualified, licensed guides lead all rides, and are accompanied by a back up rider. Both are dedicated, knowledgeable and enthusiastic.


All guides and back up riders are trained in first aid procedures and emergency situations. Each ride starts with a safety talk, and you will be reminded of details should circumstances require.


We use mainly Australian Stock saddles, and English saddles are available. All horses go in snaffle bridles.  


We are very proud of our horses! Mostly thoroughbred, some mixed, some Anglo Arabs. Between 14 – 16.2hh. They vary from gentle hacks to my top polocrosse ponies. It depends on you!


We strongly advise you to wear one. They are obligatory for novice riders and children. We have a limited range at the stables but these are for loan to clients on half day rides only. If you are doing a multiday ride or booking any ride in advance, you must bring your own. It’s safer.  

Groups Sizes

Minimum two on longer rides and maximum of six clients. We prefer to split larger groups.  

Interested in riding with us? Contact us for more information.