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In winter, finding motivation can be tough – we’ve
got five indoor sports to get you out of that rut.
People are always going on about
how you should ‘get right back on
the horse’. How about if you’ve
never been on one to start with?
We’ve got you rookies covered, with
our beginner’s guide to the saddle.
FUN FACT | Okay, horses officially trump Zoolander
– they’re all about their left sides. Back in the day,
soldiers wore their swords on the left hip, so if they
mounted their horses on the right, they would sit on
their weapon. As a result horses have been trained
to expect human activity – leading, saddling and
mounting – from their left. Noted.
NEED TO KNOW | To mount your horse, place
a mounting block on the horse’s left side and put
the reins over the horse’s head. Then stick your left
toes into the stirrup, put your right hand on the back
of the saddle, and gently hoist yourself straight up,
swinging your right leg carefully over the horse’s back
to sit down gently. Voila! Pro-status achieved.
WALKING THE WALK | Imagine you’re a marionette,
held up by strings: sit up tall, keeping your shoulders
square, your heels down in the stirrups and your focus
ahead, in between the horse’s ears. When ready,
advance from walking to trotting to cantering.
WHAT TO WEAR | Leave the shorts at home – if
you rock bare legs, you’ll cop a chafing. You’ll need
sensible enclosed shoes that won’t slip, and a comfy
shirt. Most stables provide headgear – if not, just
bring your bike helmet.
WHERE TO GO
Forge Farm Riding School provides a Pub Ride for
those who want to enjoy a hearty meal with their ride.
Yes, please! Forge Drive, Chidlow, 9572 4445.
Avonlea Farm Riding runs lessons Monday,
Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 4pm, 4:45pm and
5:30pm, catering for beginner and advanced riders.
425 Victor Road, Darlington, 9299 7552.
Perth Horse Riding Centre specialises in teaching
beginners to manage and ride a horse or pony, with
lessons available for anyone over five years old. You
can also learn grooming, hoof care, ground work,
tacking up, riding, and washing and cleaning of tack.
73 Twelfth Road, Haynes, 0418 943 776.
SPORTS AND OUTDOORS
Full details and online bookings at scoop.com.au/sport
1. OSSIE INDOOR BEACH VOLLEYBALL | Ossie Indoor Beach Volleyball is
low-impact, sociable and fun, and can be played by men and women at any
level. The winter season runs to September, so nominate a team or come on
your own and have a ball (heh). 43 Collingwood Street, Osborne Park, 9244 7728.
2. BUMPER CARS ON ICE | Yeah, you read that right. If you want to relive your childhood
Royal Show memories, head to the Xtreme Ice Arena for the only Bumper Cars on Ice in the entire southern hemisphere.
Sessions run throughout the week with double-ups on Saturdays. 15 Chesterfield Road, Mirrabooka, 9344 4400.
3. LASER TAG | If you’re as cool as How I Met Your Mother’s Barney Stinson then you are well aware of laser tag. If not,
we present to you an energetic and unconventional way to get your heart beating this winter – but forget about the
pristine suit: these outdoor battles get muddy. Great Eastern Highway, Chidlow, 6278 1233.
4. GO KARTING | Pump the adrenalin, Daniel Ricciardo-style. Kart World gives Perth people a chance to experience
the need for speed indoors. No need to book, just rock up anywhere between 10am and 10pm and feel the wind
through your hair... well, so to speak. 8 Cowcher Place, Belmont, 9479 1200.
5. TRAMPOLINING | BOUNCEinc is an indoor trampoline park connecting more than 50 trampolines and giant
air bags, and offering an hour-long laughter-filled sesh. You won’t feel like you’re exercising... until you’re done.
1371 Albany Highway, Cannington, 1300 000 540.
The body of a goddess, a killer tan, and
a love of life and the outdoors... it’s no
wonder Steph Pacca has more than half
a million Instagram followers. We get
the Perth babe to dish her lifestyle tips.
What is your favourite time of the day to exercise?
Early morning. I like to wake up and start my day with
a sweat. It makes me feel better and more energised for
the rest of the day – and keeps me on track with my goals.
What is your favourite outdoor spot to go for a run?
The bush tracks near my house. I love running along
these tracks, by all the trees and lakes.
What makes exercising outdoors in Perth so good?
The weather! It’s perfect to run outdoors in the mornings,
when the sun comes up and it’s not too hot yet.
Ultimate smoothie combo?
Frozen blueberries, maca powder, peanut butter, coconut
milk and vanilla protein.
Any motivational tips?
Even if you aren’t feeling like doing an intense workout
every day, just move – even for five minutes. Move and
you will feel better!
Trampolining at BOUNCEInc.
INSET Bumper Cars on Ice.
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