Horseriding trails and equestrian activities

Approximately 500km of designated horse trails are available for horse riders on public land in the ACT. In addition, there are many areas such as plantation forests where horse riding is permitted on the extensive fire tail network. View the map.

The Explore Canberra brochure (PDF 4.3 MB) (Word (338.5 KB)) lists all Nature Reserves and forests where horse riding is permitted.

It is legal to ride a horse on a nature strip, shoulder of the road or shared path in the ACT but horses must give way to pedestrians.

For information about horse trails in Uriarra Village, view the Uriarra Village Recreation Activities Map (439.6 KB).

If you have a question regarding equestrian activities on public land in the ACT please phone Access Canberra on 13 22 81.

Many community based organisations operate in the ACT promoting activities from pony club to polo. The ACT Equestrian Association (ACTEA) is the peak body representing equestrian groups. For further information please visit the ACTEA website.


Government and private horse holding paddocks provide agistment for horse owners to keep their animals. These are often linked with the equestrian trail network.

Territory Agistment Pty Ltd manages a system of horse holding paddocks at various locations throughout Canberra on behalf of the ACT Government. For all enquiries please phone Territory Agistment on 02 6226 5767, email or visit the Territory Agistment website.