Horse riders from Sydney think nothing of jumping in the car and heading north to Pete's Ridge, or south to the Southern Highlands or further south to the Canberra area. Given their love of horses it is well worth horse lovers adding a couple of driving hours to get down to the Snowy Mountain area, the area of Australia's renowned Man from Snowy River film. Why go there instead of places closer to home? Check out these top three reasons, and call to book your horse riding experience today.

1. Unique alpine environment

Nev, from Thredbo Valley Horse Riding gets lots of regulars who keep coming back and says "the riding is mostly for beginners and kids riding but there are some intermediate and advanced riding too, and lots of high country riding for the more advanced riders". Riders count the Snowy Mountains? very unique natural environment as being a highlight of this particular riding school. ?"Nev and the team will look after you so you feel safe, and you can take in the spectacular scenery" is just one quote from a happy rider. "The views are awesome and the setting is amazing all year round" was another common sentiment from riders of Thredbo Valley Horse Riding .?

2. No two rides are the same

If you made a weekend of your trip, or even stayed for a week on an annual basis you'll find something different every time you visit. Nev's riders say "with such a large area to ride you rarely ever ride the same trail twice". [caption id="attachment_6185" align="alignleft" width="300"]Spot some wild brumbies Spot some wild brumbies[/caption] Thredbo Valley Horse Riding specialises in lollipops?which refers to rides being short and sweet. Riding goes all year round and is not deterred by snow as some may assume. Nev says "there's lots of low country riding as well as high country, and when we get up high we can see the Novatel in the east as well as Eagles Nest at the top of Thredbo village.?Sightings of the silver brumby are common, and it's always pretty exciting".

3. Care of the animals

Horseriders care about animals and it can be alarming to turn up at a riding school and feel like the horses are exhausted from going between rides all day long, and see sweat pouring off the horses' backs and foam at the horses' mouths. Not so at Thredbo Valley Horse Riding. "How wonderful it is to go horse riding with people who genuinely care about their horses," quotes one of the riders happy to share their thoughts online. Thredbo Valley Horse Riding has rides seven days a week with pony rides available for children under 10 years for $15 per person. A one hour Trail Ride is a $65 per person or $75 for an hour and a half or $90 for two hours. Phone 02 6456 2142 for bookings.?

Snowy River Adventures

Looking for more than just a couple of hours on a horse? Snowy River Adventures are a different type of horse riding experience based just out of Jindabyne. [caption id="attachment_8180" align="alignleft" width="300"]Mount Kosciuszko National Park Mount Kosciuszko National Park[/caption] This company specialises in three, four or five day homestead based treks in small groups. You stay at a homestead at a working cattle station with three course dinners, hot showers and without the need to camp out at night or pack up each morning. Treks are from October to May and offer diversity in rides each day, inspiring many of their visitors to create poetry and verses similar to Banjo Patterson's man from snowy river. Ph. 02-64578393 for more information.? After you?ve had your fix of riding horses in Snowy Mountain country, head to the Lantern Thredbo Apartments to take advantage of some great deals at all times of the year. Summer accommodation specials of three nights for the price of two end soon and there are some great snow season early bird specials to take advantage of. Contact staff?to outline your accommodation needs in terms of number of bedrooms required.