The VET Certificate II Equine Studies class set off on an excursion to Uncle Nev’s trail riding on July 26.
The 14 students were to demonstrate their knowledge and riding abilities outside of the usual arena.
Upon arriving at Uncle Nev’s, the girls were matched to suitable horses before setting off for the day across the glorious paddocks at the foothills of Mt Disappointment.
All horses were just as excited as the girls as they made their way through muddy puddles, water crossings and through the bushlands.
After a short break the group, accompanied by their teacher also on horseback, headed up the mountain.
The views across the valley were magnificent.
After some time the horses and riders had settled and began to know each other.
Then it was time for the fun stuff.
With the rules of the ride quite clear, the girls set off galloping up and over the hills.
There were plenty of smiles, and lots of giggling as the girls stopped at the top of the hill.
The riding instructors for the day were fantastic.
Upon arriving at the top of Mt Disappointment, the girls were greeted with morning tea and a panoramic view as far as the eye could see.
The descent down included a drink stop in a dam for the horses and the tiniest tracks, where we put our trust in the beautiful horses that had been taking riders on the same journey many times.
An incredible day was had by all.
We arrived back at school with very tired muscles and lots of great photos and memories.
Thanks to Seymour College for their support of this wonderful program in the heart of the equine industry.
We look forward to our next practical riding sessions.