High Country Horses
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What do I need to know...

EXPERIENCE LEVEL

All 2 hr rides are suitable for all levels of riding experience.

On our multi day rides, we cater for all level of riding experience and give tuition on the rides for those that require it however, riders need to be able to rise to the trot at a minimum.  On our 5 and 7 day rides it is preferable that you be a competent, confident rider.  Riding in the High Country is quite physically demanding with up to 8.5 hours in the saddle on some days so we recommend that if you are a new rider who wishes to experience a longer ride, you try to do a shorter ride first where we teach you the basics in control and things such as rising to the trot; likewise, if it’s been a few years since you’ve been in the saddle, we recommend a short ride to get those old riding muscles stretched! You will find by adequately preparing yourself you will enhance your enjoyment immensely.  Weight restrictions do apply - 85 kg for beginners - 95 kgs for intermediate to advanced riders.  We do have some flexibility based on your height and fitness level.

WHAT TO BRING
We provide helmets, which are mandatory, saddle bags and water bottles. We also have a number of oil skin coats, swags and chappettes (suede gators that cover the lower leg to prevent chaffing and are strongly recommend to ensure a more comfortable ride ) available for hire.

Water proof coat and gloves.

Wet weather over pants and light waterproof jacket to go over or under oilskin. (A light coat is helps keep your oilskin dry and is much easier to hang and dry after heavt rain) 

Boots suitable for riding, elastic sided, smooth soled and preferably with a heel. (We do have a selection of boots available for those that need them)

Other footwear to change into at night.

Pants suitable for riding such as jodhpurs or track suit pants or thick pants such as moleskins. Jeans with thick inside seams can cause serious chaffing problems, so we would advise not riding in jeans unless you are used to riding in them.

A change of clothes (but not too much!)

Sunscreen and hat Insect Repellant.

A bandana if the weather has been dry as the tracks can get pretty dusty during summer!

Warm sleeping bag or swag and a pillow - please note if you have hired a swag you still need to provide a sleeping bag and pillow to go in the swag

Toiletries ( including personal medication if required)

Towel, and bathers (swimming is not available on all rides but there is a pool back at the Lodge if you feel like a dip when you get back from your ride)

Camera with extra batteries and plenty of room on the memory card.

Alcohol to enjoy around the fire in the evenings (We request that glass be kept to a minimum and suggest that your alcohol or soft drinks be carried in aluminium cans or plastic bottles.) Communal ice boxes keep drinks cold - we rely on the honour system of who drinks what.

Please pack everything in a secure and preferably waterproof pack or bag, (not too big as space is limited.) and if you are bringing a swag, please roll it up very tight.
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How to book...

Bookings

Bookings for multi day rides can be made by  emailing us at info@highcountryhorses.com.au   Once we receive your booking details, the paperwork will be sent out to you via email.

Short ride bookings should be made by calling us on
03 5777 5590.

Sometimes we maybe away on rides when you email or phone us but we will get back to you as soon as we return.

Payment

Deposits of $200 per person are required for weekend and 3 day rides and $400 per person for rides of 4 days or longer. Bookings made by telephone will be held for 7 days pending receipt of deposit. If the deposit is not received the booking is treated as cancelled. The balance of payment (including accommodation prior to and after the ride as well as any hire gear) is required in full 3 weeks prior to departure of ride. For bookings made less than 14 days before the departure of the ride, full payment is due at the time of booking.

Cancellation Policy

High Country Horses (HCH) reserves the right to alter or cancel any ride, in which case no liability shall fall on HCH.  If HCH decides to cancel the trip for reasons other than Park closure due to weather conditions, all money paid will be refunded or transferred to another trip at the guest's preference.  If HCH is forced to cancel or delay a trip due to Parks Victoria closing the Park due to weather conditions, all monies paid for the trip will be transferred to an alternate ride.  Any personal expenses incurred by the participants as a result of any delay, alteration or curtailment of departures, no matter how caused, are their own responsibility.  HCH is unable to guarantee connections.

Less than 14 days prior to ride - no refund.
14 - 30 days prior to ride - deposit retained.
More than 30 days prior to ride - deposit transferred to another trip

Responsibility

All riders should realise that adventure tours involve some physical risk. You will travel in remote and sometimes hazardous wilderness areas. We recommend that you consider travel insurance or ambulance cover.

Due to the unpredictability of seasonal weather, if travelling from interstate or overseas, it is also recommended that you have Travel Insurance.
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How to get here...

High Country Horses is based in Merrijig, Victoria, and is only a picturesque 2.5 hours drive from Melbourne. Located by the banks of the Delatite River amongst the beauty of Victoria's High Country.

Drive to Mansfield via the Melba or Maroondah Highways (Yarra Glen, Bonnie Doon and onto Mansfield) or take the Hume and turn off at Tallarook and drive via Yea to Mansfield.

Follow the Mt Buller Road from Mansfield then 17km to the Merrijig township sign, take the first left into School Lane and then the first right into McCormack’s Road (a dirt road).

We are located approximately 100 meters up McCormack’s Road. First gate on the right; follow the drive way around to the right which brings you to Merrijig Lodge.

Driving from NSW or Queensland

Take directions to Benalla (via the Hume Highway) and then turn left onto the Mansfield Road (it is about 60 kms from Benalla).  It is well sign posted and is a good sealed road.

Bus Transport from Melbourne

For those flying in there are shuttle buses from the airport to Southern Cross Station in Melbouren.  From here V-Line  runs a regular bus service between Melbourne and Mansfield leaving from SouthernCross Station in Melbourne.  Schedules can change on public holidays so please check with V-Line.  The phone number within Victoria is 136 196 or https://www.vline.com.au/getattachment/e568a482-1396-4424-aeac-b7319e5a19cb/Mansfield-Melbourne-(1)  Generally there are 2 services daily from Monday to Saturday and 1 on Sundays.

Pick up from Mansfield is available by arrangement.

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