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5+ Best Horse Riding Schools Margaret River (Locals Guide)

Horse riding in Margaret River is a great, family-friendly experience that captures the essence of this stunning region. As a local with years of exploring Margaret River, I can tell you that there’s nothing quite like the serenity of riding through our lush landscapes.

The natural beauty here is a backdrop like no other. You’ll hear the birds singing, feel the gentle breeze rustling through the trees, and experience the pure joy of being in the moment. How romantic!

But hey, it’s not all about the lovebirds! My kids adore it too. It’s become our go-to for special occasions like birthdays or school holiday outings. Trust me, it’s a hit with families and a top pick for things to do in Margaret River with kids.

If you’ve tried horse riding before, or even if you haven’t, the Margaret River Region offers a unique equestrian experience. Our local stables cater to all levels, from beginners to seasoned riders, ensuring a safe and enjoyable ride for everyone. And if you’re in Yallingup, Busselton or Dunsborough, you’re a short drive away from some great horse riding!

As a local expert who’s lived in Margaret River since 2016, I’ve personally tried and tested the horse riding options here, (well, I’ve wanted to, but for now, my kids have). So saddle up and let’s dive into this comprehensive guide to Horse Riding in Margaret River!

children feeding horse at farmstay in margaret river

Best Places To Go Horse Riding Margaret River

1.Jesters Flat

RATING: 4.9/5 | 🌏DISTANCE FROM MARGARET RIVER: 19km |📍LOCATION: 1549 Rosa Brook Road, Margaret River WA | Google Maps

Jesters Flat is one of the most friendly and professional places you can book to go horse riding in Margaret River.

Located about 20 minutes drive from Margaret River, it is a scenic, rural drive and sure to add to your horse riding experience in Margaret River. You’ll be trotting amongst nature in no time at all.

From an introduction to horse riding workshop to an immersive 5 day experience, Jesters Flat caters to all riders regardless of your background or ability.

Jesters Flat forms part of a working equestrian farm and vineyard which really adds to its authentic, Margaret River farm feel. 

It was named after ‘Jester’ who was their original Australian Stock Horse whose career thrived from 1978 -1986. He won more than 35 A grade cups, won 9 fairest and best awards and competed in four national titles. Go Jester!

Helmets (and boots) are available for hire if needed but it is recommended you wear practical gear such as long pants, long-sleeved shirts, and enclosed shoes with socks.

Lessons will still go ahead if there’s rain forecast making it one of the most adventurous things to do in Margaret River when it rains!

The Jesters Flat gurus will also supply insect repellent and sunscreen if required.

Bonus! If you’re doing a trekking tour you can stay in glamping tents as part of your experience. How unique! Horse Riding and glamping in Margaret River!

child looking at horses farmstay margaret river

2.The Humble Horse

RATING: 4.6/5 | 🌏DISTANCE FROM MARGARET RIVER: 27km |📍LOCATION: North Jindong Road, Metricup WA | Google Maps

This is the first place I took my eldest child to ride and it was amazing! Our experience at Humble Horse has made horse riding one of my favorite things with kids in Margaret River.

This also will suit families looking for horse riding Busselton as the Humble Horse farm is centrally located about twenty minutes south of Busselton and twenty minutes north of Margaret River.

The staff were SO attentive, patient and encouraging. You’d want nothing more in a beginner horse riding experience in Margaret River. 

However, it does not stop there! Humble Horse suits beginners, intermediate AND advanced riders so there is really something for every equestrian. Trail rides happen year-round so it’s also one of the most outdoorsy things to do in Margaret River in winter.

They offer private lessons or group sessions as well as equipment hire. You can turn up here as a novice and leave feeling accomplished. 

Our favorite ride is the Twilight ride. It’s the perfect opportunity to get out at the end of the day and watch the sun set amongst the natural bushland.

horse rider standing next to horse and laughing in margaret river

3.The Horse Resort

RATING: 4.6/5 | 🌏DISTANCE FROM MARGARET RIVER: 22km | 📍LOCATION: 1813 Osmington Road, Margaret River WA | Google Maps

The Horse Resort brings everything equestrian to Margaret River. This is the creme de la creme of horse riding in Margaret River. The property is to die for if you’re an equine enthusiast. 

It is situated over 300 acres of farmland, creeks, and bush but also offers a dedicated arena which is where all lessons begin before heading out on the property.

The Horse Resort suits all levels of riders from beginners to advanced and takes you out in small groups only making it one of the most rewarding Margaret River family activities.

The horses are all well-trained and the instructors are experienced and professional.

 The team at the Horse Resort also shares their knowledge with training programs and sometimes even have horses for sale! 

two riders horse riding in margaret river with the sun setting in the background

Best Places To Go Horse Riding Busselton

4.Horse Sense

🌏DISTANCE FROM MARGARET RIVER: 67km |📍LOCATION: 161 Gulberti Road, Busselton WA | Google Maps

Another option is to check out Horse Sense, located between Busselton and Capel. Horse Sense Riding School is all about connecting people with horses and ponies in a fun and safe environment through Equine Assisted Learner.

They do offer group and individual lessons during the school term, as well as a regular Saturday Club. The lessons are designed to make riders of all ages confident and balanced, covering a range of skills from trail rides to small jumps and even horsemanship techniques.

They have a waiting list for regular group lessons but also offer holiday programs and special events like Twilight Rides. They also offer a Horse Wisdom Program, both in a seven-week program as well as a once-off school holiday program. Check out their calender for their latest programs.

This is one great option for horse riding in Busselton, but if they are booked out or aren’t offering what you are looking for, try any of the Margaret River stables I have mentioned above.

Best Horse Riding Tours From Perth To Margaret River

5.Horse Riding Tour to Margaret River with Globe Trotting

The Margaret River Ride by Globe Trotting offers an unforgettable horse riding holiday in Western Australia.

This adventure includes beach canters, swimming with horses in the ocean, and exploring bush tracks filled with native wildlife. You’ll also get to taste some of the region’s best food and wine.

They cater to all riding abilities and offer various itineraries, including 5-day and 3-day options. The experience is complete with glamping-style accommodations and is available from February to April and September to December.

Best Places To Go Horse Riding Dunsborough

Unfortunately, Dunsborough doesn’t have its own dedicated stables for teaching people how to ride, so you will need to choose one of the Margaret River locations above!

FAQ: Horse Riding In Margaret River

Is horse riding in Margaret River suitable for beginners?

Absolutely, many stables offer beginner-friendly rides and lessons. Instructors are usually on hand to guide you through the basics.

What should I wear for horse riding?

It’s best to wear long pants and closed-toe shoes for comfort and safety. Helmets are usually provided and are a must for safety.

Can kids go horse riding?

Yes, most stables have age limits starting as young as 6 years old. It’s a fantastic way for kids to connect with nature and animals.

Do I need to book horse riding in advance?

Yes! Booking in advance is necessary, especially during peak tourist seasons to ensure availability.

What’s the best time of year for horse riding?

Horse riding is a year-round activity in Margaret River, but the milder weather in spring and autumn is often considered the best.

Wrapping Up: Margaret River Horse Riding

I don’t know about you but I’m keen to hit the trails now! Horse riding in Margaret River is such a fun activity for families, couples, groups or singles! You might even make some new friends.

There are lovely horse-loving experts ready to help you learn to ride, perfect your skills and even teach you about grooming. Even better, horse riding is great exercise. Enjoy a relaxing trail ride amongst natural bushland, tranquil rural properties and vineyard views. 

If you want to you can even book overnight trails. The professional teams I’ve mentioned today will go above and beyond to ensure you have the best possible experience horse riding in Margaret River. 

Australia Travel Planning Guide

🚑Should I buy Australian travel insurance?

100% YES! — Australia has “free” healthcare but it’s only for citizens and permanent residents. Foreigners visiting need travel insurance in case anything happens on their visit. I like SafetyWing – their Nomad Insurance starts at just $1.50 USD a day!

🚗Should I rent a car in Australia?

Yes — Renting a car is a necessity in most of Australia! If you want to go on road trips or adventures outside of the major cities, and even if you’re staying in a major city, you’ll want to rent a car. If you are visiting Margaret River, it will be even more important that you hire a car, you’ll need it to be able to get around and see all the great attractions and wineries!

🏨What’s the best way to book my Australian accommodation?

My go-to for Australian hotels is Booking.com. Pretty much all registered accommodation use Booking.com (but not necessarily any of the other major booking platforms), and even most of the holiday homes and caravan parks use Booking.com too!

If you’re planning a trip to Australia where you will stay at multiple locations, it’s super handy to have all your accommodation listed in one place, and accommodation owners like Booking.com because it’s easy to contact the guests using the messaging platform if the guest has an international phone number.

I sincerely hope you enjoy your visit to Margaret River!