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Horses on Beaches

Horses on Beaches

If you are considering taking a horse onto a beach you will need to think about the following points;

  • Always check if it is permitted on the beach you have chosen. You can do this by contacting your local Council.
  • Before use, investigate the beach and familiarise yourself with parking, access and beach conditions. Use only formal access ways.
  • Avoid beaches that are designated as dog off leash areas 
  • Respect other beach users by walking the horse onto and off the beach. Some beach users may have a fear reaction to large animals
  • Swim your horse only in very calm sea conditions (preferably with supervision) and only if both the rider and the horse are familiar with this activity
  • Collect the horse’s droppings

For the safety of the public and horse users, please adhere to the following guidelines when riding your horse on New South Wales beaches.

  • Correct trackwork riding P.P.E. (Personal Protective Equipment) must be worn by riders on a beach.
  • Generally horses should be ridden at a safe speed at all times and in a manner that does not endanger the safety of any other person in the area.
  • Horse riders should not unduly interfere with the peace, comfort or convenience of other users of the foreshore.
  • Horses should be ridden at walking pace within 50 metres of other (non-equestrian) users of the foreshore.
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