Horseride with care
Horseride with care
Queensland’s national parks provide a range of challenges for riders and their mounts, from gentle, well-graded tracks to rough and difficult terrain. Take care of the landscape, your horse and yourself as you experience our tranquil trails from the saddle.
Read stay safe and visit with care for important information about staying safe, caring for parks and essentials to bring when you visit Queensland’s national parks.
Know your limits
When choosing your trail, know your limits and be realistic about you and your horse’s physical condition, knowledge, experience and skills. Each track is classified according to its most difficult section; other sections may be of an easier level.
Wide trail with a gentle slope and a relatively obstacle-free, hardened, natural surface. Suitable for riders seeking a short trail requiring a basic level of skill and horse and rider fitness.
Class 2 (intermediate)
Trail with obstacles, variable surface and a moderate slope. Suitable for riders seeking a short to medium distance trail requiring a moderate level of skill and horse and rider fitness.
Class 3 (advanced)
Challenging trail, many obstacles, variable surface and steep sections. Trail route may be indistinct. Suitable for horses and riders seeking a very challenging trail requiring a high level of skill, fitness and basic navigation skills.
- Make sure horseriding is allowed at the park or forest you are visiting. Horses are only allowed on some roads, tracks and trails.
- Follow the code of conduct for horseriding through parks and forests.
- Plan ahead, ride to the conditions and wear approved safety gear.
- Always let someone know where you are going and when you expect to return.
- Ride in groups of less than 12.
- Heed all closure, access and safety information and signs. Follow trail markers and directional signs carefully.
- Stay on marked trails. Do not take shortcuts or form new tracks as this damages the environment and causes erosion.
- Keep trails in good condition and limit erosion by not riding on soft, wet or muddy tracks. Only cross watercourses at designated crossing points.
- To minimise erosion and compaction, tether horses at hitching posts or resting areas only for short periods.
- Limit the spread of weeds by:
- ensuring your clothes and shoes, and your horses’ coats, hooves, equipment and floats are clean and free of seeds before park visits.
- providing weed-free, good quality, processed feed to horses for at least 48 hours before entering a forest reserve or protected area.
- avoid riding through patches of weeds, especially if they are seeding.
Want to know more?
Contact your local horseriding organisation or Australian Trail Horse Riders Association.