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Hello Horse Riders in Malaysia!

daniel-fooHi! My name is Daniel Foo, an equestrian enthusiast. This site provides practical tips for anyone in Malaysia who wishes to get started in horse riding for fun. If you are at the edge of deciding whether to take up horse riding as a new hobby, go for it! Winston Churchill said, no hour of life is wasted that is spent in the saddle. Have a good day!

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Seremban Equestrian Center

Seremban Equestrian Center is located approximately 70km away from Kuala Lumpur.

It is not an overly popular spot for horse riding. I’m guessing it is mainly due to the stable being slightly remote compare other stables in the southern region.

It took me 45 minutes to get there from Kajang. If you are coming from KL, it will probably take you 1 hour and above.

I have been there twice. The 1st time was with Jaclyn. The 2nd time was with Suki, as her final farewell ride before heading back to Netherlands.

During our first ride, the guide took Jaclyn and I to a big open spot as you can see from the above video. The area is probably reserved for future construction. It was like a super big fence-less arena. We had our horses there to canter freely. Yeeeeeeeeeehar!

It was fun to be able to canter freely in the open area but it is something that you only want to do it once in a while.

Few weeks later, Suki and I went to Seremban Equestrian Center again.

I always like to ride horses in the track instead of the arena, regardless how big the arena is.

This time I have specifically asked the guide not to take me to the big fence-less arena again.

As a result, Suki and I went to the track. The track is not very long. But we did enjoy the greens along the track.

The unfortunate time was during our ride it started raining and it was a really wet ride.

We didn’t have a guide taking us into the track. We had to remember the instruction given by the guide prior to entering the track.

Well, at some point we got lost. The next thing we did was let our reins loose and let the horses take us back.

More Information on Seremban Equestrian Center

The outride fee was RM100 per session. If you are interested to pay a visit, feel free to contact Along at +6017-3120814.

Have fun!

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Terengganu International Endurance Park, T.I.E.P. (Day 3)

3rd day of our 3-day horse riding trip across Peninsular Malaysia! We selected Terengganu International Endurance Park (T.I.E.P.) as our final destination.

Terengganu International Endurance Park (T.I.E.P.) is my most looking-forward-to track to ride since my endurance competition last year.

Our accomodation is fairly near to T.I.E.P. It took us about 15 min drive to get there. (Look at Suki’s sleepy eyes!)

Good morning horsies!

The girls abandoned me in the car while I was parking. They ran over to welcome the horses instead!

Jaclyn got Princess, I got Jacq and Suki got Langkasari.

Wasted no time, we started off our ride in T.I.E.P. – one of the top 10 endurance tracks in the world!

The initial track that we planned for was 14KM.

Upon completing the 14KM, we didn’t get enough of umh! and requested our guide, Anuar to bring us to another round of 10KM.

In total, we completed 24KM in the track as you can see in the following video.

Upon coming back, horses rest and drink before heading back to the stables.

This is an emotional moment for me.

I took Jacq for my 40km last year. I spent fair amount of time training with him back in Batu Arang last year (average of 3-4 times in a week).

Jacq was sold to another private stable in Terengganu, which means I can’t see him and ride with him as frequent as I used to.

Because of the endurance training, my riding style has changed so much to fit to Jacq. When I was riding Jacq, we feels in-sync with each others’ movement.

Jacq has got a lot more thinner than he used to be. Frankly, I have such an unspokeable heartache to see him again.

As much as I felt reluctant to leave Jacq, but it’s time to move on after petting and feeding Jacq.

I carried a heavy heart to come back to Kuala Lumpur on Friday.

It was as if I farewell to a long time friend.

It was really good seeing you again, Jacq.

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Pusat Equestrian Pahang (Day 2)

2nd day of our 3-day horse riding trip across Peninsular Malaysia! We selected Pahang Equestrian Centre (also known as Pusat Equestrian Pahang) because riding at the beach is one of Suki’s bucket list items. Jaclyn and I have never done beach riding as well so we were really looking forward to ride at the beach.

We got there in the morning about 8.00 AM.

The stables are not located right next to the beach. We had to cross a busy street in order to get to the beach. The traffic started building up at that hour so we had to wait until approximately 9.00 AM for the traffic to be clearer.

The good news is, that gives us a lot more time to play with our horses in the arena. Yay!

Jaclyn got on Pekan (right), I got on Goldie (middle) and Suki got on Putra (left).

Flatwork in the arena.

We had to trot for almost 1KM in the village road before arriving to the beach.

Around 9.30AM, the sun was high and bright. We were already sweating before even arriving to the beach.

Here we are at the beach, Tanjung Lumpur!

Suki overtook everyone and started cantering at the beach!

Jaclyn with her signature pose.

Goldie is trotting freely at the beach.

We passed a small stream while riding at the beach.

Jaclyn cantering fast from my right.

Suki cantering fast from my left.

 

The girls are having good time posing with their horses after exiting the beach.

After exiting the beach, we passed through a long strech of village road.

We stopped at an open field to take a rest before heading back to the stables.

Back to the stables. Suki posing with Putra.

Here is at track recorded by Jaclyn’s smart watch.

Cantering on the endless beach is an unique experience for us who are mostly riding in the arena or trail. It is an experience that every rider must try!

Further Details on Pahang Equestrian Centre / Pusat Equestrian Pahang

We had a chance to take photo with the crew members who went out ridng with us.

Pahang Equestrian Centre, Pusat Equestrian Pahang

This is the location to Pahang Equestrian Centre / Pusat Equestrian Pahang. The riding fee is RM200. If you would like to visit, please give Cikgu Paiza a call, +601113237416.

Up next, we are heading to T.I.E.P. (Terengganu International Endurance Park) – one of the top 10 endurance track in the world!

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Bidaisari Stables, Janda Baik (Day 1)

First day of our 3-day horse riding trip across Peninsular Malaysia!

We decided to have Bidaisari Stables in Janda Baik, Bentong (Pahang) as our first stop. It is a track that Jaclyn wanted to go since last year but never had a chance.

Suki and I rode in Bidaisari Stable once in September last year.  It was a reasonably relaxing ride so we were really looking forward coming back again after 6 months.

Jackly got on Pampa, the first endurance horse she ever had; Suki got on Zaafa, an anglo Arab that has pleasantly light and smooth canter; while I got on Bella, an easy-going grey horse and she is really good looking.

Our guide, Raju came along with us on his horse and guided us to finish through the big loop in the trail.

We crossed 2 small streams and spent fair amount of time allowing the horse to rest and eat, while the riders took the time to take lots of photos!

We covered 12KM and it took us slightly more than 2 hours to complete the trail.

Next stop, we are heading over to Kuatan for Pusat Equestrian Pahang!

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Falling Down in UPM Track

Felt down from horse in the trail!

I got a jumping horse, (named Russian) which is not used to going out the trail. Before going out, I flatwork Russian for about 10 minutes in the arena and Russian was a really steady boy while walking and trotting.

When we hit the trail, I gave Russian the clue to go canter. He started off with slow canter and within very short time he transition into fast canter and I couldn’t slow him down.

Russian kept fast cantering for the next couple of minutes and eventually transition into galloping while going down hill. Yeeeeehar! (Well, it was actually steadier than I thought it will be)

The only problem was, I couldn’t slow him down and I felt fairly uncomfortable riding a horse that I couldn’t control.

Eventually at a very sharp turn, Russian was fast cantering into left while my body momentum was still going forward. I felt down on my right side and knock my head. I could tell I almost lost my conscious as the world was spinning when I hit the ground. I laid on the mud for a couple of minutes before Din came to my rescue.

Din and I exchanged horses. I got back on to horse back and ride back to the arena. At this point I could feel I lost a bit of my balance because my hand and leg coordination was out of sync.

Back into arena, I flatwork Russian again for another 45 minutes. The objective for doing this is to make sure I find back my balance and confidence on horse back before calling it a day.

It’s been a while since my last fall from a horse. The good thing about falling down is we always get to stand back up on our own and remember to stay humble no matter how much one has been riding.

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Benua Equestrian Stables

Benua Equestrian Stables is a private stable located in UPM. There are 2 stables in UPM, one runs by the university and the other (Benua) is privately owned.

I get the meet the owner during last year endurance competition and I have been putting off to visit his stable.

UPM is located next to MAEPS but the riding track is not identical. MAEPS offers into-the-forest track while UPM has well-maintained farm track.

The track in UPM has plenty of clear path for cantering.

In the track, if you do slow canter on open area and trot and walk on down slope, you will complete the track in approximately 45 minutes.

Taking break half way into the ride with my horse, Nurfasa, a really light endurance horse.

Nurfasa is back from our ride and cooling down. I could see her body was smoking a little the moment the groom removed the saddle.

The groom, Eddie was showering Nurfasa after my ride.

A couple of other horses outside their stables.

Getting ready for flat work.

The open area in the compound.

Banner inside the office. You can tell Benua Equestrian Stables offers wide range of riding activities.

The office is elegantly decorated.

Hall of fame!

A few more frames exhibiting horse info-graphics.

A little coffee table in the office for the staffs and visitors to relax and chat.

The front entrance of the management office is cozily decorated and looks welcoming.

Benua Equestrian Stables

Signage in front of the management office.

Benua Equestrian Stables pick-up truck for taking horses out for competition.

The arena within Benua Equestrian Stables compound. Large enough for trainers to coach students for various types of lesson.

There is also a much bigger arena above while is within UPM stables. Both UPM and Benua Equestrian Stables are using the big arena during my visit.

Kids having their riding lesson in the big arena.

This is the location of Benua Equestrian Stables.

If you would like to visit, please contact Chris at +6011-23464152.

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Roeckl Riding Glove

I bought my last pair of riding glove from Decathlon in 2016. It has been a reliable pair of glove for my ride for the last 1.5 year.

After my endurance competition in July 2017, it started to have some tiny holes and I have to eventually replace it with a new pair.

I got this new pair of gloves from the shop in Putrajaya, from Uncle Michael… No wait, he is now a Dato Michael.

As usual, he will let me play and try with as much as I want.

Finally I settle down with this pair…

A very solid pair of riding glove. Definitely thicker than my previous pair yet it is not too hot while wearing.

An extra padding above the little finger for additional grip for reign.

Yup, it is friendly on my touchscreen too!

The price is RM100. Usually if I ask for it, Uncle Michael will give a little discount. But I didn’t ask for it because Uncle Michael has been an awesome friend 🙂

Here you go… My new pair of riding glove for the next 1-2 year to come.

This is my 3rd pair of riding glove.

  • 1st pair I bought it in Plaza Ampang City for RM35,
  • 2nd pair from Dechalon for RM89,
  • 3rd pair from Uncle Michael for RM100

I’m pretty happy to have this new pair of glove as every time I replace a glove, it’s a sign that I’ve clocked much more hours on the saddle. Keep riding folks!

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Countryside Stables Penang

Countryside Stables Penang is located in Balik Pulau, Penang (Pulau Pinang), approximately 30km from George Town.

You will be passing through some small roads and village area. For the distance of 30km, it will take you about 30-40 minutes coming from George Town in early morning.

Upon arrival, you will see the grand entrance.

There was no out ride activity in Countryside Stable Penang. I went there for an hour of riding in the big arena. The entrance fee for Malaysian adult is RM10 and RM15 for non-Malaysian adult.

The riding fee and lesson fee is the same. RM80 for 30 minutes or RM120 for 60 minutes. I opted for 60 minutes to ride in the arena.

Upon entering, you will see a tastefully decorated signage.

Countryside Stables Penang

The colorful decoration gives a Thai-ish sense of design.

There are many ponies being stationed at the front part of the stables. That definitely get the kids excited during their visit.

Of course, there are also bigger horses and a lot of them look totally stunning!

This is Frankie. The groom got Frankie for me for my ride in the arena.

Frankie used to be a jumping horse and he is now being used for schooling.

The groom got me to ride inside the ring for 15 minutes to assess my riding level before allowing me get into their big arena.

I walk for a couple of circles and spent the remaining time trotting inside while chatting with the staff, Ganesan who is a really friendly guy.

Posing with Frankie, after the warm up and before entering to arena.

Countryside Stables Penang

Frankie has been an energetic boy in the big arena.

I didn’t need to use my whip. Gentle squeeze on the leg and a few kissing sound could get Frankie transition into trotting and cantering the the arena.

There is also an indoor arena. This is wonderful as even during rainy days students can continue their lessons.

An open area for visitors and students to chill out.

The staff was kind enough to turn on the fan for me while I went in to take a seat.

Some carriages on display.

This is the location to Countryside Stables Penang. If you would like to ride here, please contact Wan, 012-4080678 for more  information.

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Sunset Ranch Los Angeles

Sunset Ranch is located 8 miles away from Los Angeles.

Upon arrival, the registration booth at your right side. You see this wooden house on your left.

Horses roaming around the ranch. Ready for riders to go out to the track.

Horse is ready! This is the area riders mount on the horses.

The mini version of the Hollywood sign in the ranch.

Few more horses around the ranch ready for riders.

Our guide, a local teenage girl who has been riding in the track since young age is preparing her horse to take us out to the track.

Ready to go!

Some briefing before hitting the track.

Hey guys, come over faster!

Everyone is looking good!

Continue to walk on the track.

The sun was hot, but the wind is really cold during winter.

Looking back at the track.

The trail is a popular spot for hikers to take a walk on the weekend. While we were riding, there are many also hikers along the track.

Alright, everything still looks good.

Walking along the long track.

The mountain there is not super green during winter because lack of rain. I bet the place look much greener during summer when it gets wetter.

On the top left side of the photo, that’s the viewing area for hikers who come all the way up to have a good view of Los Angeles.

The tall buildings in the center of the photo is the downtown area in Los Angeles.

We stopped at the peak to rest and of course to take some photos.

On our way back. Since I was leading front while going up, I stayed back on the way going back.

In the front there are our local guide, a couple from Chihuahua, Mexico and another rider from Florida.

Taking a turn while walking back.

We met some other riders going up the trail while we were coming down. This track is very friendly for first time rider too!

Passing by the famous Hollywood Sign!

Right before entering the ranch from our track.

Of course, at the end of the ride, please remember to tip your guide according 😉

Following is the location to the ranch. Click here for their website to find out more. You can make a booking and make the payment right from their website. 

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Mazamitla town in Mexico

Mazamitla, a town and municipality of the Mexican state of Jalisco. It is located 124 km south of Guadalajara. The name comes from the Nahuatl language which means “Where deer are hunted with arrows”.

Driving to Mazamitla from Guadalajara.

Driver side is on the left in Mexico and that definitely added some excitement on my drive. Sorry Emilio we almost got us killed!

There wasn’t a big stable. The horses are kept behind the owner’s house.

Our groom is preparing our horses.

Not forgetting to pose with the horses.

Half way going up the hill.

Keep walking…

Wefie time!

Hey buddy, snack break!

The view along the trail

Horses are taking a break while we go up hiking the trail by foot.

More views along the trail.

View on top of the mountain we hike for 15-20 minutes.

Quite a relaxing walk while chatting with Emilio.

More photos of me and my riding buddy!

Selfie time!

Victory for making this far.

A few more random shot of the view along track.

Agave plant, the raw material for making Tequila.

Heading back. Left? Right? Center?

Getting out of the wood.

Passing by the local’s house

Field belongs to the local with beautiful little flowers.

We ended the ride by visiting a small shop serving delicious taco and amazing coffee (with unlimited refill!)

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