There’s nothing quite like taking in the natural beauty of the Margaret River Region by horseback. And there are plenty of places to do just that. Take Jesters Flat; a working farm and boutique vineyard in Rosa Brook, an easy 18 minutes east of Margaret River.

Owners Fiona Flugge and Paul Brennan offer bush rides, and other special activities, for tourists and locals who want to explore the incredible bushland surrounding the farm. Flugge detailed what riders can expect from their horse riding adventures.

“Jesters Flat caters for riders of all experience levels, from the first timer to the very accomplished equestrienne,” she says. “The overwhelming common thread is a desire to be out in nature on the back of our mighty steeds.”

Three people horse riding with Jesters Flat, Margaret River

Most of the horses at Jesters Flat are Australian Stockhorses; known for their endurance and good nature. Flugge says visitors are generally drawn to the farm for these, “fabulous horses, and their knowledgeable and caring tour guides”.

A typical introductory ride at Jesters Flat takes beginner riders through the basics of riding a horse safely. Then, under the expert guidance of an instructor, riders head out to explore the stunning native bushland just beyond the farm.

“Our guests are always blown away by the beautiful surrounds at the property,” she says.

It’s not a riding school, but a chance to experience the region from the back of a horse

Jesters Flat also offers multi-day treks, which include rides through the iconic Boranup Karri Forest, beach rides in the pristine waters of Geographe Bay, as well as rides through the Rapids Conservation Park and State Forest areas.

Kids over 10 and adults are welcome to ride, and private tours are available on request. When the adventure is over, celebrate with a Sauvignon Blanc or Chardonnay at the farm’s cellar door.

Horse Riding in the vineyard at Bettenays

The Horse Resort

Right on the edge of the state forest, about 23 kilometres from town, is another incredible spot to saddle up. The Horse Resort is a 321-acre farm, with a wide range of activities for riders of every level. Manager Brent Watson gave us the lowdown.

“Our guides will take you on a tour of our working farm, where you will ride down tree-lined laneways, around paddocks and through bush areas filled with birdsong,” he says.

All our horses are well-trained and all the rides at The Horse Resort are coached and escorted by our professional guides

Person standing next to a horse, horse riding with the Horse Resort Margaret River. Credit Russell Ord.

Instructors at the Horse Resort make sure beginner riders understand the basics in the safety of an arena, before heading out to explore the rolling paddocks, creeks and forest that surround the working farm.

Riders can practice groundwork, liberty training, dressage, show jumping, trick riding and other horsemanship with the farm’s trainers. But if you’re in Margaret River for a short time, a bush ride is where it’s at.

Watson says The Horse Resort is the perfect experience for families, couples and friends, who want to see the beautiful Margaret River Region from the best seat in town.

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