Birdwood Downs Station

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Calling the horses in from pasture to grab two to rideGreg walking his horse to the barn to saddle upWhile in the Kimberley amongst so many cattle stations one of the things I wanted to do most was ride a horse on a station.  It was difficult to find a station that offered this due to insurance reasons but we finally found a station just outside of Derby that did.  Birdwood Downs Station offers camping and horse riding and is run by a friendly staff.  I dropped Sam off in Derby and headed out to the station in the late afternoon for what I thought was going to be a trail ride with lots of other tourists.  When I arrived, to my surprise, it was only me and the guide, Greg.  We walked out to a paddock and started yelling for the horses, it took them a while to turn up but when they did there were about seven of them running in, eager to be the one selected to go for a ride.  Greg handed me a halter to put on my horse, Oro.  I had to Lisa ready to go on her horse OroAn albino peacockkeep a keen eye on what Greg was doing to make sure I put it on correctly.  Next we walked our horses back to the barn to saddle them up, again Greg just handed me a brush and then said, “right, put this pad on, then this blanket and then throw the saddle on”, I think he thought I knew a bit more about horses than I did.  Once I got the saddle tight enough we jumped on and headed Lisa's self-portrait riding Oro back to the barnout.  The ride was amazing, we went through a few gates into an open pasture where there were wallabies jumping away and the sun was slowly setting so the entire surroundings had a deep orange hue.  I had to remember what to do in the saddle when we began to trot and received some good pointers from Greg which made trotting a lot more comfortable as my bum bounced.  We approached another gate and he said, “what we’re going to do is ride up alongside the fence, then Greg riding on Birdwood Downs Stationpress the horse in with your left leg to get him to move sideways, then bend down, open the gate and walk through.”  I thought to myself, “yea, right!” but gave it a go anyway.  Once I gave Oro the commands and had the gate open he Oro all sweaty after our rideknew what to do and pushed the gate as we walked through.  Then the same thing on the other side to close it.  I was quite impressed with how well Oro was trained and that we completed the task with no issues.  Then back to a trot through the pastures and we came across the small herd of cattle (about 40 head) owned by the station.  Greg mentioned they were in the market for a bull to expand their herd.  The sun was setting deeper at this point and was a big orange ball in the sky, it was just amazing.  Back to the barn, with the station dog following us the entire way, we dismounted and relieved the horses from their sweaty saddles.  I was on a real high driving back to Derby on the country roads thinking what a treat it turned out to be having a private horse riding lesson on an Outback station.


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4 Responses to “Birdwood Downs Station”

  1. Javi says:

    I’m sooooo jealous!!! It’s Monday and I’m back at my soul-sucking job. Staring at these great pics makes me want to pick up and run to Australia!! I know that there are certain things that you miss about home… like hot showers and fancy restaurants. But know this, my hot shower this morning before work was miserable and the fancy place we went to dinner last night was over priced and gave me gas. Enjoy your trip and never take it for granted!!!!

    Javitron a.k.a. office robot.

  2. Brooke says:

    Sounds like you had a blast. Enjoyed your story. B

  3. bodessi's says:

    love this lisa!! i would have wanted to do this too!! 🙂 love, jackie

  4. Chezza says:

    That’s my cowgirl! I couldn’t be prouder! I think you need your first belt buckle as a present this X-Mas.

    Loves from your fellow Poly Dolly, Chezza

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