Hi! 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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DARC Horse Riding Syllabus is a systematic approach designed for anyone to learn horse riding. It is an unique way of training new riders to excel in horse riding effectively. DARC Horse Riding Syllabus is divided into Yellow, Green, Blue, Orange and Red. Find out more about the syllabus here.
When you sign up for the first time, DARC will enroll you as a Yellow Rider from day one. In the beginning, you will have to go through the Beginner Introductory Session. Upon successfully completing the session, you will start your 1st riding lesson.
You will learn how to get on a horse. In the equestrian world, we refer it as to mount on a horse. Your instructor will show you how to hold the rein correctly. Also, you will learn where the correct location is to put your feet on the stirrups.
Don’t be afraid to start riding a horse at this stage. Your instructor will put you and the horse in a round pen, which is an enclosed and limited small area. The purpose is for you to get comfortable with the horse. Your instructor will also attach a lunging rope to the horse. The instructor will control the horse movement within safe speed for beginner.
In the beginning, you will learn how to find the balance while sitting on the horse. You will learn how to use your legs, waist and core strength to balance yourselves. Your instructor will guide you to put your hands on your hips or at your sides. This will help you to discover you do not need your hands to hold on to something for balancing.
To get a real sense of riding a horse, you will then learn how to ride the trot. The trot is a two beat diagonal gait where the horse’s legs work in paired diagonals. Trot is slightly faster than walking. Your instructor will guide you on when to come up and to sit down as the horse moves. Establishing your legs strength is important in this level to communicate with the horse.
Level Yellow Assessment
Each training session is around 30 minutes. It takes about ~10 sessions for you to complete Level Yellow. There is no formal assessment at this level. As your instructor sees you ride stable enough, you will be promoted to Level Green. You will then be ready to move on to the main arena.
Level Green is the beginning for your independent riding without the lunging rope. This is where the fun begins, yeeha~ You will start to ride in the 40m x 20m (small) arena or the 60m x 20m (large) arena.
As you have learned rising trot earlier, you need to practice and sharpen rising trot in the bigger arena. Your instructor will not be staying close to you like in the round pen earlier while you do rising trot. You will be independently steering the horse in rising trot on your own in the arena.
While rising trot takes slightly more skill than walking, the next challenge for you is sitting trot. The horse’s leg still move in paired diagonals, but you will not be rising up. You will be sitting on the saddle as you move together with the horse. This motion looks relaxing from the outside. However, you will need to engage your abdominal, back and leg muscles to follow the motion. This is slightly more challenging for beginners at the start. Do not feel discouraged if you do not get it right in the first few times. Your instructor will allocate plenty of time for you to practice sitting trot.
Level Green Assessment
- In Level Green, you will learn:
- Basic figures such as 20 meter circle
- Turn across arena
- Changing direction
- Long & short diagonal
- Changing rising diagonal
Each training session is around 30 minutes. It takes about ~25 sessions for you to complete Level Green. Upon completion of the necessary sessions, you will book an assessment. The Chief Instructor will assess your riding skills while your instructor issues you command. You will be awarded a certificate of accomplishment for Level Green upon the Chief Instructor passed your assessment.
Level Blue is where your riding skills start to get serious. While the horses in Level Yellow and Green are usually easy horses, you will be given slightly more challenging horses in Level Blue. Here, you must be able to perform riding techniques you learned in Level Green in close to perfection manner. Including the challenging sitting trot.
You will start to work with horses without the stirrups. We refer this training as cross stirrups, as the stirrups are crossed over the saddle. In other words, there is nothing for your legs to hang on to while riding. Although it might sound scary, it is actually an extremely effective exercise to improve your sitting trot. You will gain the confidence you do not need the stirrups to be able to ride steadily.
More complex figures (for example, three loop serpentine) will be introduced to you at this level. You will need to make use of what you learned previously such as changing diagonal to perform this figure. You will start to feel you have good maneuver on horse’s direction upon mastering such figures.
In mid Blue (approximately 20th-25th session), you will be introduced to canter. Canter is a controlled three-beat gait that is slightly faster than trot. The speed is around 15–25 km/h depending on which horse you are riding. This is the most common gait to ride when you need speed safely yet not exhausting the horse. You will learn how to canter in a round pen or the 20m x 40m arena for a start. Later, to the 20m x 60m arena.
Level Blue Assessment
- The assessment for Level Blue will include
- Sitting trot in perfection
- Mastering all riding techniques in Level Green
- Cantering on basic figures such as 20 meter circle
- Catering on the correct lead
Each training session is around 30 minutes. It takes about ~40 sessions before you should go for your assessment. Upon completion of the necessary sessions, you will book an assessment. The Chief Instructor will assess your riding skills while your instructor issues you command. You will be awarded a certificate of accomplishment for Level Blue upon the Chief Instructor passed your assessment.
Level Orange is for the determined riders who want to strike for excellence in their horse riding journey. You will learn and practice with more advanced riding techniques here. Also, you will have the opportunity to test out your riding skills with different horses including the challenging ones!
You will spend a lot of time to focus on practicing the canter with your instructor. Cantering is one of the more enjoyable gaits while riding horses for many riders. You will practice sitting your canter in full seat, half seat (or light seat) and in two points. While the horse still canter the same, you have to adjust your body into different styles for riding in the canter. Each style has its purpose and you will discover them in Level Orange.
- Your instructor will start to introduce basic dressage to you such as:
- Upward & downward transition
The next interesting part for your riding is to work with poles. You will be doing trotting poles and cantering poles. This will prepare you for your first jump! Then, you will start jumping with horses at 20cm – 30cm in the beginning and move higher gradually. Jumping is an entirely different discipline from dressage. Some riders choose to specialize in jumping as they progress further in their equestrian journey.
At Level Orange, you learn both basic dressage and basic jumping. You will get a taste of both disciplines. You can choose either one or both to specialize in. This will depend on how much time, effort and energy you can dedicate to the sport.
Level Orange Assessment
Before going for assessment, you need to practice everything you have learned in Level Green and Blue. You need to master all previous riding techniques on different (sometimes challenging) horses assigned to you.
Riding at this level is relatively more advanced and technical. Some riders tend to fall behind if they do not practice consistently. If the rider leave the riding practices behind for too long, the rider risks being demoted to Level Blue. This will happen when the instructor notices the rider is struggling. Of course, the rider will be promoted to Level Orange again once the rider sharpen the riding skills.
Each training session is around 30 minutes. It takes about ~50 sessions before you should go for your assessment. The Chief Instructor will assess your riding skills while the another instructor issues the command to you. You will be awarded a certificate of accomplishment for Level Orange upon the Chief Instructor passed your assessment.
Level Red is where your horse riding skills become a pride. You will represent DARC for external competitions in jumping and dressage. In fact, you should be aiming to win games and bring back medals. Level Red is the Black belt equivalent in martial arts!
- You will learn more advanced dressage techniques such as
- Leg yielding
- Turn on hunches
- Shoulder in
As a Level Red rider, you will be jumping higher at 60cm, 80cm, 1 meter and beyond.
A Level Red rider is considered a competition level rider. Sometimes, you will train by yourselves for continuous improvement on your riding skills. At this level, you have the ability to recognized what is correct and wrong while riding on your own. You need to be able to rectify your mistakes and reinforce the correct riding techniques independently.
Apart from riding, you will also need to demonstrate your excellent horsemanship. You will learn to understand horses beyond riding. You will work with horses at different levels including training young horses. Activities such as tacking up by yourselves, grooming, showering become part of your riding routine.
Red Level is a prestige level in DARC. Very few riders accomplished this level. Although there are a few hundred riders in the club, there are only 5 Red Level riders at the point of writing this.
DARC Horse Riding Syllabus
DARC Horse Riding Syllabus is designed to keep the passionate horse riders progress on track in a systematic approach. According the Mr. Sulaiman, Manager in DARC, this syllabus is a practical approach to ensure riders’ progress does not get lost when there is a change of instructor. If a rider has achieved certain competency, it is recognized and respected across in the riding club.
Mr. Joshua Teo, Chief Trainer in DARC is personally conducting DARC Horse Riding Syllabus in the riding club. Be assured that you are in good hands when you train under the experienced trainers in DARC.
For more information, please contact Mr. Sulaiman at +60 10-240 2606. Visit DARC website or visit the riding club at following location:
DARC Beginner Introductory Session is the basic lessons for new riders in Denai Alam Recreational and Riding Club. I had the opportunity to sit into the session conducted by Ara and Trisya from DARC Y.E.S. (Young Equestrian Stars) Club.
The Beginner Introductory Session started off by Ara sharing basic information on how many movement horses have: walk, trot, canter and gallop.
She moved on to explain the basic equipment involved in riding such as saddle, snaffle (or commonly known as bit accordingly Ara), girth, bridle, stirrup, saddle cloth and saddle pad.
Then, Trisya took over the stage to explain the different colors for horses and the marking we can find on horses.
This briefing took about 30 minutes and then we moved on to the stables.
We gathered at Zone A in front of the stable.
Trisya gave us a quick briefing before entering the stables. She has prepared some cut carrots for us to feed the horses. Carrot is the favorite snack for our four leg friends! Trisya showed us the correct way to put the carrot on our palm to feed a horse.
Once we entered the stable, Trisya distributed the cut carrot for us to feed the horses. The kids got excited and they were totally loving it!
While we were in the stable, Ara and Trisya gave us more explanation on different horses. The kids were paying full attention to the briefing. One of the kids was asking Trisya how can we tell if a horse is a male or female.
We spent approximately another 30 minutes in the stables and we moved on to the washing bay for horse care briefing.
Trisya explained the importance of hoof care. The horse in front of us is called Bulan.
Trisya showed us how to clean the hoof.
Trisya explained the different type of brushes.
Once the grooming is completed, Ara showed us how to tact a horse.
After fitting the saddle, Ara explained how to put on a bridle.
The horse care and tacking session also took about another 30 min.
We move on to the grazing area. Ara and Trisya gave us a certificate of achievement for attending the introductory session.
You will be getting a certificate as following for completing the Core Skills Horse Care and Management.
It has been an informative and fun session conducted by the Y.E.S. Club. Ara and Trisya are both very knowledgeable in answering our questions and skillful in handling the horses.
If you are interested to join a session, please contact Mr. Sulaiman at +60 10-240 2606. They will conduct such session every Saturday at 2.30PM – 4.00PM.
You can visit DARC website or visit the riding club here:
3S Equestrian Centre is strategically located right next to Taman Tasik Cyberjaya. It is a favorite leisure riding place for many kids and adults who like to try riding a horse for the first time.
There is a paddock for general riding purpose. You can take riding lessons or a joyride in the paddock.
The center houses about 6 stables. 4 stables facing the front and another 2 facing the back.
The stables are fully occupied with a good mixture of different horses, pony and even a baby horse!
This baby horse is only about 6 month old and he is still staying with his mother.
Khalifa – a horse previously used for jumping and currently staying in the stable. He is a tall horse and is very suitable for taller adult riders.
Queen – a very calm mare, currently own by a private owner. Queen is perfect for a relaxing leisure outride. She is busy munching her breakfast!
There is also a pony who can be really loud when he neighs.
There is a small hang out area right next to the paddock. Riders can sit there to hang out while seeing other riders ride.
Sometimes I go there for an easy practice ride in the paddock with my favorite horse, Albait. But usually, I will go for a trail ride.
On the way out to the trail.
3S Equestrian Centre trail route in the morning.
Chilling at the tree area for horses to rest.
We passed by a lake on our way out.
We exited the trail.
Passing by another small lake along Cyberjaya road.
The trail ride is approximately 11KM and will take about 1.5 hour depending on how fast you ride.
More Information at 3S Equestrian Centre
Here is the location to 3S Equestrian Centre. To find out more, please contact Along at +60 11-6456 3259 or Tuan Syed at +60 12-727 9002.
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Can you tell if they are coming toward your direction or going away from you? I will share the explanation and you will be able to answer it for yourselves at the end of this post.
Horse riders are trained to hold and walk their horse from the left side. This is because most (if not all) riders mount on the horses from the left side. In case of emergency or situation requires, the rider can quickly mount on the horse from the left when the rider is holding and walking the horse from left.
So, you might be wondering why most riders mount on from the left side of the horse. This is due to the historical inheritance back in the days when soldiers / warriors / knights / samurais used to carry a sword while riding the horse to battle.
As most human population are right handed, it will only be natural for the sword to be hang on the left side of the rider’s body so that the rider will be able to pull out the sword quickly.
When the sword is being hang on the left side of the rider’s body, the way for rider to mount on a horse will be first to place his left foot on the stirrup and then swing his right foot over the other side of the horse. This will allow the sword to have minimum movement while rider getting on the horse. If rider would have done it on the opposite direction, the sword be an obstacle for the rider while swinging the other leg over and the heavy sword might scare the horse if it slide through the horse back.
There is nothing technically wrong to mount on the horse from right side in modern days. In fact, a skillful horse rider should practice to mount from both sides of the horse. Of course, the horse needs to be sanitized on right side mounting else it could put rider into danger if the horse is not prepared for it.
So, are you able to tell in the photo if they are coming or going?
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.
If you want to find out more, please contact the manager Mr. Sulaiman at +60 10-240 2606 or visit DARC website.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.