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We find out where you can ride a beautiful horse along a sandy beach wind in your hair, sea breeze on your face and feeling as free as a bird.
Rundell's Horse Riding Stables, just outside Portland, are run by Brian and Beth Rundell. They offer the wonderful experience of riding a healthy horse along a beautiful sandy beach: wind in your hair, sea breeze on your face, feeling as free as a bird.
Brian has worked with horses all his life and they are a passion he loves to share. He and his family breed, break-in and train their own animals. They have around 80 horses in their stables, including Clydesdales crossed with quarter horses, thoroughbred mares and stockhorses. They all have names and are very much part of the Rundell family.
There are several rides to choose from, taking between 10 and 20 riders and a minimum of two guides. Cantering is the fastest speed allowed anything racier stirs up the horses too much.
Tours begin at the stables where you saddle up and receive instructions. You then ride to Allestree Beach along a mixture of sealed and unsealed roads, taking around 1¾ hours.
About eight kilometres into the journey you ride side-by-side through metre high grass which breaks the follow-the-leader riding, and horses and riders love it.
From Allestree Beach you will see a wind farm about 25kms away. It produces electricity for 14,000 farms, a reminder that you are in one of Victoria's windiest spots. You will also see the remains of a jetty used by whaling boats in the early 1800s.
The ride also takes you past Snapper Point and a large abalone farm built along the dunes. Buried pipes are used to pump salt water from the sea to the abalone.
At the end of the ride out, saddles are removed from the horses and you ride into the ocean bareback, an experience enjoyed equally by man and beast. Brian has trained the horses to handle the surf. After the dip, you resaddle and head back along the same track to the stables.