Some common questions and answers
Q: I've never ridden a horse - can you accommodate beginners?
A: Definitely - Our horses are kind & well trained. All the trails are led by us. Safety is our first and foremost priority in everything we do. All rides include riding orientation, and we are readily available throughout the ride should you need assistance. The trail aspect of our partnership with Heartfelt Horsemanship is very different to most horse trails. Our focus is on safety and connection. Neither of these can be achieved if a horse just follows the horse in front, nose to tail. Before a trail heads off riders are taught how to communicate effectively with their horse in a safe enclosed area... Once you feel safe and connected to your horse it's into the wild we go... What if you have confidence issues and you don't get to that point of feeling safe enough to head into the mountains? Well we stay in the safe enclosure and work on building your confidence! Life's a journey, not a destination...
Q: Do you have a weight restriction?
A: Yes we do. Horses are frequently seen as invincible beings, but they generously carry us on their backs and it is our responsibility to ensure their comfort. Weight restrictions are important for rider safety too. We can safely accommodate a maximum 90 kgs. With regret, this limit is non negotiable as the horse and guests safety is truly the highest importance. We request guests are weighed on arrival. This allows us to match the rider to the horse.
Q: How many people go out on each ride?
A: The ride is about you and that is why you will not find yourself in massive groups of strangers going out for a ride, Rides are exclusive only taking up to two guests at the time. From early 2021 we will be able to take up to four guests.
Q: Can we ride out on our own, without a guide?
A: For safety reasons, all of our rides are guided as there is no option to ride on your own.
Q: Do you have helmets?
A: Yes we have a selection of helmets available at no extra cost. All riders must wear a safety helmet.
Q: What ages can riders be.
Our lodge is adult only and therefore we can only offer horse rides from the age of 16. However we may be able to bend this rule to 12 plus if you book the lodge out of exclusive hire.
Q: Can my child ride with me on my horse? (Private lodge hire)
A: Unfortunately not, this is not safe and not permitted.
Q: What should I wear?
A: We suggest wearing closed toe shoes that have small heel and are secure to your feet simply so they won't fall off during the ride. Avoid wearing very wide boots or trainers so they don't jam in the stirrups. We also suggest long comfortable pants (trousers for our UK guests )
:-) without zips, buttons etc on the inner leg. Long socks under your trousers can help with chafing if you are doing a longer ride. Shorts are not recommended even in the summer and open toed shoes are not allowed near the horses. Also, please keep in mind that you cannot carry anything loose or cumbersome as backpacks or handbags. We do not provide lockers. Be sure all hats, visors, caps and clothing are snug and fit securely. Please avoid skinny jeans as this does make it funny for spectators watching you trying to get onto a horse :-)
Q: Can I bring my pet?
A: Unfortunately not, due to wildlife, livestock and travelling past other homesteads with their own resident dogs, we cannot accommodate any pets at Qambathi or on the trails.
Q: I am an experienced rider and do not want to just plod do you offer an 'experienced' ride?
A: Yes indeed, we cater for all levels and abilities. Our horse trail rides are very scenic and the longer trails are through some challenging scenery and we believe that much of the experience of the ride is to enjoy spectacular views and the tranquility of nature, while learning about the environment. However our longer trails include trot and canter sections, ideal for the riders who like to feel the freedom of open spaces. We always adjust the speed of the ride to suit the guest and horse, please do not overestimate your riding ability. Please note that our briefing is compulsory regardless of your level of riding experience.
Q: When is the best time to visit Qambathi
its a pleasure to visit throughout the year. Summer months are from December to April, keep in mind that the days can be very hot for riding between December and March, which is why we like to make an early or late start. Whilst rainy days might cancel some days riding, we love the the turn of the seasons and there is nothing quite like the sunshine on wintery days, the weather is cool and the country side covered in a very dry, rustic look , the spring flowers start appearing from October. Winter months almost promise sunny days but the mornings and evenings are very chilly.