Natural Horsemanship Treks
in the Dart Valley, New Zealand

A horse riding experience you’ll remember forever!

For the love of Horses


done differently...

With our hand-picked, naturally trained and quality bred horses and a team of guides with a wealth of experience and knowledge in Natural Horsemanship, we offer amazing horse treks for riders of all levels. Our ethos is all about the horses and their welfare; we believe happy horses leads to safer and more enjoyable trekking experiences for both the rider and the horse. Here at Lighthorse Adventures we do things a little differently…!

 3 Star Parelli Professionals

At Lighthorse Adventures we use the principles of psychology, communication and understanding in all of our horse development, rather than methods of force and fear based training that is often used in the horse industry. We are owned and operated by a Licensed Parelli Professional and are an ambassador for animal welfare.  Parelli Natural Horsemanship is a movement which focuses on education to fulfil the mission to make the world a better place for horses and the humans that love them. 

Parelli Standards

What is a Parelli Professional? Parelli defines those certified as talented, dedicated individuals who, after extensive time studying Parelli Natural Horsemanship (PNH) as a student, have been licensed to teach and/or provide horse development training in the field.

There are currently two certifications available for Parelli Professionals, as a Licensed Instructor and as a Licensed Horse Development Specialist.

Certified Specialists

Parelli Professionals are ranked by a star rating reflecting their level of tenure and experience teaching the Parelli Program.

All Parelli Professionals meet professional requirements set by Pat Parelli and his team, attend professional conferences and are required to take Continued Education (CE). Above all, they maintain the spirit of Parelli and are committed, as a team, to help us on our mission to make the world a better place for horses and the people who love them.

"Absolutely Stunning"

“ The level of understanding Lynetta (the owner) has for horses is extraordinary and her gentle training methods were a delight to watch. I would highly recommend this to any one who is looking for a horse trek, the scenery was absolutely stunning, the horses were beautifully trained and safe, what more could you ask for! Five star experience all the way. ”

Maynard Harvey

Excellence, Professionalism, Expertise

Home of happy horses

Customer safety is paramount to us, as is the happiness of our horses.

Each horse is a loved team member and is developed using psychology, communication and understanding, the principles of which we will share with you during your time with us. 

Whether you are a horse lover already or you are just looking for a unique, fun way to enjoy the stunning surrounds of the Queenstown region, Lighthorse Adventures will give you an unfortettable horse-riding experience.

Our focus is Quality, not Quantity

Bit-less Bridles

Riding shouldn't feel like force. Reins should be the pathway for our communication. This is why we choose to use natural, rope hackamores on our treks, rather than have metal bits in our horses mouths.

Bits have their use (highly refined communication required for performance) and can be used kindly, but shoulnt be necessary on the trail.

Instead, we want you to experience the freedom that comes with a loose rein, a happy horse and free communication without the gadgets. You and your horse will feel the difference! 

Barefoot & Hoofboot

We've all experienced the difference footwear can make, our horses are the same. This is why instead of traditional, metal shoes being nailed onto our horses hooves, we've chosen to move with the times, follow the science and use a natural, holistic approach to our horses hooves. This means no metal shoes! Instead we keep our horses barefoot and use high quality hoof boots. Just like a good pair of hiking shoes, the right hoofwear helps our horses whole body, to carry us better, be in comfort, increase performance and longevity. You’ll see lots of horse shoes at Lighthorse, hanging on the fences, ready for shoe throwing games, you just won't see them on our horses feet. 

Comfortable Saddles

Feel safe and comfortable as you ride in our high quality, custom made western saddles designed to give you the best riding experience possible for your trek as well as provide comfort and performance for your horse.

These saddles have a horn for you to hang on to, a padded seat and a flexible tree that moves with your horse.

You’ll feel better and ride better in our purpose designed and quality equipment. 

Ground Warm-up

At Lighthorse we go above and beyond to make sure your horse is not only trained for their job, but also warmed up on the ground  before every ride with specific exercises to improve mental, emotional and physical preparedness. Just like an athlete prepares before every performance, this warmup helps our horses to function, safer, happier and physically healthier than they would if just ridden cold. This sets our horses up for success and gets them in the mood for their day’s adventure. You are welcome to join in!

Featured Horse Treks

The Easy Rider | 1 Hour Experience

1 Hour Trek

Have a taste of adventure on this gentle, scenic horse ride through the glorious surrounds of the Dart Valley. Once you arrive our friendly, experienced team will get you “geared up” and take you through an introduction to our horses and how we communicate with them. You’ll have a chance to meet and bond with your horse before heading out for the easy ride along the valley and river systems. There’s no more magical experience than venturing through the wilderness with you and your horse in harmony together! This ride is walking only.

The River Wild | Half Day Experience

2-2.5 Hour Trek

Adventure through the incredible valleys of Glenorchy on this half-day horse-back experience. Before you head out, our friendly, experienced guides will take you through an intro session on horsemanship and you’ll get a chance to bond with your horse on the ground and then in the saddle. This session will set you up for a fun, harmonious ride and you’ll feel like a horseman (or horsewoman) as you venture through the pristine river systems and glorious scenery of Dart Valley. An experience you won’t forget!

Ride Of The Kings ~ Full day Experience

5.5 Hours+ Trek

An epic adventure through our glorious rivers and valleys! Get immersed in the experience and become one with your horse over this full day adventure. You’ll start your day with an introduction to the art of Horsemanship and build your bond throughout the day while you and your horse venture together as partners through some of the worlds most scenic riding areas.

Availability is subject to weather and seasons.

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We offer tailor made packages through the stunning surrounds of the Dart Valley. Let us create the perfect  experience,  just for you.

An experience

You will never forget.

Have a taste of adventure on this gentle, scenic horse ride through the glorious surrounds of the Dart Valley.