In order to experience the rugged charms of Magnetic Island we decided to go horseback riding. The horse I selected, Choci Brown, was a gentle creature with a rather quirky habit. Given, it had rained heavily for days on end, prior to our arrival on Magnetic Island, many puddles existed along the path we were riding on. All of the other horses in our riding group quite enjoyed splashing through the puddles directly taking the most direct route; however, Choci Brown, whenever possible, would try to hop over them.
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With a quick gallop we'd leap over a puddle and the thrust of us landing heavily on the other side would jolt me forward and back. On one particular hop he jumped so hard that the microphone of my camera became dislodged from my dSLR with the battery cap and wind cover dropping to the ground. It was one of those adventures where I have an experience to remember for a lifetime and some gear to replace when I get back home ;) Overall, quirky habits aside, we had a great time riding the horses on Magnetic Island spotting wildlife such as Wallabies along the way.
We are here at the Horseshoe Ranch on the north end of the island and we are going to be going horseback riding. I'm going to be riding a horse called Little Man and Sam who are you riding? I can't remember.
Hello, Little Man.
Hi Choci Brown. You're going to be my horse today.
That was actually a really fun ride. We just finished riding our horses through the bush and one of my favorite parts was getting to see Wallabees in the wild just hopping around while we were passing through on our horses. It was really cool.
Also, what makes this experience unique is that at the end of the horseback riding lesson you get to go swimming with the horses in the ocean. That is what a lot of the riders are doing right now.
If you find yourself on Magnetic Island going horseback riding is a lot of fun.
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