Horse Riding in New Zealand

It’s hard to lead a cavalry charge if you think you look funny on a horse.

Adlai E. Stevenson

November 1991

Kaikoura, New Zealand

We drew back the curtains and what did we see but sunshine. Suddenly as if out of nowhere there were snow-capped mountains. They are absolutely beautiful. Now for the really important part. We were picked up at 9am by a landrover and driven to this guy’s farm for our two hours of horse riding. Well I struggled a bit getting onto the horse…Understatement

I got on on my third attempt, My friend mounted first time. My horse Flicker was a bit wily. She decided all she really wanted to do was eat grass.

She clearly knew she had a novice on her back and had decided to have some fun.

It is really unnerving the first time you are holding a horse by the reins and it decides to eat grass. I wasn’t very firm with old Flicker really. I felt a bit sorry for her- a great big bit in her mouth and an amateur like me on her back. Going up and down steep hills and through dense woodland was a bit daunting at times, requiring us to sometimes hold onto the horse’s mane for dear life. We had climbed up and up. The view from the top was fantastic. However seeing it from the top of the horse was a little unnerving.

horse riding

 

Things to do in Kaikoura

Source: MustDoNew Zealand https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U4E8jamiJNg