As a child, I was obsessed with riding horses and would beg my dad to drive me out to Johnny Lee's pony farm in Bushfield (not far from where I grew up in Warrnambool) every chance I got. Dad had a connection with horses too, so I think he was happy to let me go.
Looking back, the thing I loved the most was the exhilarating sense of freedom I felt. As a kid, there's only so much independence you can claim for yourself, but getting onto the back of a horse and being allowed to run, jump and explore bush and hills and creeks on your own was just a massively thrilling adventure.
When my editor at Australian Traveller recently emailed to ask me if I was into horses, I was like "Are you kidding me??". A few weeks later, I gathered up my trusty photographer pal, Pete Tarasiuk and we hit the road for a 3-day adventure up to the Victorian High Country.
The story was published in the current issue of Australian Traveller magazine, which is on sale in all good newsagents and major supermarkets now.