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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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Denai Alam Recreational and Riding Club

Denai Alam Recreational and Riding Club (DARC) is one of the largest horse riding clubs in Malaysia. Located in Shah Alam, it is the favorite clubs for may horse riders around KL / Selangor.

The entrance to DARC café has beautiful decoration.

Walking pass the café, there is a big arena is divided into 4 smaller sections for different batches for riders to practice.

Rider is pulling out her horse from the stables.

Another young riding is adjusting his stirrups before mounting for his practice with his coach.

Riders are practicing in the arena in a group.

Riders are trotting their horses to warm up.

Other riders are preparing their horses in the different section of the big arena.

There is another paddock next to the big arena for lessons and a round pen for lunging horses.

A staff is patiently training a young rider for trotting in the round pen. “Up, down… Up, down…”.

There is also a small track for joy ride purpose.

A staff is walking a horse in the joyride track and giving some explanation to their rider.

The waiting area for joyride.

I was given a tour of joyride, yeeeehar!

The washing area for horses.

Coming back to the cafe.

From the cafe, you can look over to the arena.

Beautiful landscape between the cafe and the arena.

On Sunday, DARC is serving the delicious Nasi Padang!

Here are the details of the fees and activities for Denai Alam Recreational and Riding Club.

Here is the location for Denai Alam Recreational and Riding Club.

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MAEPS Revisit

It’s been many months since I last visited MAEPS. I like MAEPS track because it has a mixture of farm trail and jungle trail, it’s a rather enjoyable & relax ride.

The arena looks slightly different from the time since I last visited. I guess they are doing some refurbishment. I definition look forward to the arena with better condition in the future.

Without much delay, we proceed to mount on our horses as the horses were already tact up upon our arrival. Very well prepared by Firdaus and his team.

We were pleasantly companied by Firdaus, our friendly and very accommodating guide who is also the operator for outride activities in MAEPS.

We are on our way into our track.

Firdaus putting on a satisfying smile on his face while riding.

We also passed by some durian trees. Jac got excited with the durians!

About 1/3 of our trail, we rested a while at a peak.

I was on Ross and Jac was on Malika. Both of the horses are beautiful KKA.

We continued to walk around the open area. We enjoyed pretty good view overseeing the surrounding of MAEPS.

Firdaus was kind enough to take some photos for us while we were walking around.

Along the way, I exchanged horse with Firdaus.

Coffee is a slightly taller ex-polo. Since Firdaus is taller than me so I adjusted the stirrups so that I can ride more comfortably.

Firdaus is a really thoughtful horseman. He kept Coffee for himself initially because he was worried that I can’t handle Coffee, as Coffee could get into fast cantering rather quickly if not handled well.

He asked me to give it a try anyway in a short track. I started off with steady trotting and then got into slow cantering. It was pretty comfortable to ride Coffee’s canter.

Coffee was responsive and was very light to ride with. Coffee is a really well-trained horse with good handling. Coffee was cantering with comfortable speed all the way up to the peak in MAEPS where the little hut is located. I only had to slightly lift the rein when I want to have more speed while cantering up hill.

We rested again in the little hut at the peak for about 20 minutes.

We let the horses to roam around for their grass snack.

The camera man behind the scene.

Jac definitely has a more nurturing side with horses.

We came down from the peak after we had our break. On our way back we were mostly walking and slow trotting.

In overall, we covered 11KM. We spent approximately 2.5 hour in total where about 30 minutes was resting time. This was recorded using my Amazfit T-Rex.

Feel free to contact Firdaus (+60 11-1037 4872) to book your ride.

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Amigo Horse Riding

Amigo Horse Riding is strategically located in Pasir Gudang, which is 30 minutes or 27 KM away from Johor Bahru. It’s a great weekend getaway for Singaporeans to spend some horsey time while staying in Tanjong Puteri Golf Resort which is right next to Amigo Horse Riding stables.

This is the signage you will see while driving in. You can search for the location accurate in Google Map.

The road that leads to Amigo Horse Riding stables.

Here we are at Amigo Horse Riding stable!

Amigo Horse Riding stables is owned and operated personally by Mos, an Iranian who has been in Malaysia for decades and running the stables for more than 10 years. Most importantly, Mos is a very skillful and experienced horseman.

My friends and I booked 2 rides with Mos. One in the Sunday evening and another on Monday morning. When we arrived, Mos has already parked our horses at the round pen while the groomer was tacking up the horses for us.

Kai Sing wanted to use her own endurance stirrup. Mos was helping her to set it up.

We had a few minutes of walking in the arena and Mos lead us out to the trail.

The horses were pretty calm and easy to work with. The trail was mainly flat land. We started off with walking, some trotting and a little bit of slow cantering. We arrived to the river bank in about 30 minutes later.

We continued our trail…

There were very few rocky paths. I believe Mos purposely pick the softer ground which are good for the hoof.

Pretty scenic trail to ride on a Sunday evening.

You can definitely cool your eyes with so much of greenery along the trail.

Mos also took us into Tanjong Puteri Golf Resort for quick tour.

Jac was having so much fun on her horse back on our way heading back to stables.

Passing by the entrance the stables on our way back.

Mos is keeping a lovely parrot in his stable that can speak “I love you” in a really cute voice.

We spent some time hanging out in the stables and were chatting with Mos. He shared his experiences and many other funny stories running the stables . Mos is definitely one of the coolest guys you can hang out with in the stables. It was a a great time and time flied! Before we knew it, the sky turned dark and it was time for us to head for dinner.

We ended the day with a delicious crab meal in JB town.

A video of our evening ride with Mos.

On the next day we have a morning ride with Mos. He led us out through another exit which is next to Tanjong Puteri Golf Resort.

Tanjong Puteri Golf Resort is on the left and stable is on the right. We were following Mos to walk till end end of the street to enter the trail.

We entered the trail…

Turned back for photo in the terrain.

We head to the river bank that we visited yesterday.

Jac with her favorite pose on her horse…

Jac and Mos at river bank.

Mos and Daniel.

Daniel and Jac in uniform

We continued our trail…

We head back to the stable in slightly less than an hour as the sun is getting really warm.

When we came back, Mos was kind enough to let us play with his painted horse in the round pen.

If you wish to ride in Amigo Horse Riding, please contact your friendly horseman, Mos at +60 12-796 6806 or at his Facebook and he will be glad to assist you.

Riding fees varies depend on whether it’s on a weekend or weekday or if Mos is running a promotion. We paid RM165 per pax for 1.5 hour ride on Sunday and RM94 for 1 hour ride on Monday.

Have fun riding in Amigo Horse Riding!

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Bidaisari Stables – Post MCO Training

It’s the first week after cross-state travel is allowed since MCO, Jac and I went to Bidaisari Stables in Janda Baik for an outride on Sunday. Here is our awesome hacking group photo.

Warming up in paddock.

We went to the kampung trail today. It was not a very long trail since the horses are just getting started again after a long break. It was approximately 8km and we completed that in about an hour.

While coming back, we took some time to pose for photos.

Upon coming back to the stable, I dismounted first while the other riders continue riding in the paddock.

Solea looking a little tired after coming back from kampung trail. It’s the first time I ride with Solea. She was naughty in the paddock trying to canter around on her free will for a short while. She has been a really good girl out in the trail by following the horses in front. Her trotting is easy and cantering is smooth. I think she can be a good horse for taking to endurance.

After we came back, we saw Natasya was practicing her walking and trotting on Bella.

Natasya has been absent from riding for some time. She was trying to get back her rhythm on the horse. Jac was busy body kind enough to help her out by leading the horse in front.

Coach Yasman was giving some extra pointers to Natasya after a few more rounds of riding in the big paddock.

I didn’t get to play with Bomber today but she has always been such as a darling for the us in Bidaisari Stable. Go try riding with Bomber, it’s so fun!

Here is a couple a video of us training the rested horses a week before inside the paddock.

Here is an outride video we did back in November 2019 where we took an endurance trail for almost 20KM. It was a really fun trip, be sure to check out the video!

Here is the address: Jalan Cherengin 1 28750 Kampung Janda Baik, Pahang, Malaysia. You can also check out the Google Map.

For more information, please contact Yasman at (+60 11-3229 3111) or visit Bidaisari Stable Facebook page.

Until next time!

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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, Mufasa, a really light endurance horse.

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

The groom, Eddie was showering Mufasa 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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