DSIA Equestrian and Riding Club is one of the hidden gems riding club around Putrajaya. It offers basic riding lessons for the public.
DSIA Equestrian and Riding Club also offers some amazing trail ride for those who are more experienced. They have a Rimba track (about 10KM) goes into the terrain while Lake track (about 20KM) goes into the lake area in Putrajaya.
Jac and I went for the Rimba track as we have been to Putrajaya lake many times through TEP – MM2020.
Upon arriving, our horses (Yusof and Melur) are already tacked up and waiting for us.
I led my horse, Yusof to the arena to warm up. Adjust the stirrup before mounting on him.
Jac was riding in the arena to warm up, we have few other friends joining us.
Before we head into the trail, we had to cross the highway.
We head into the trail with a lot of trotting on flat land and cantering up hill.
We also took our time to pose throughout the trail.
Of course, not forgetting some photos for myself. Thanks Amin for being a wonderful photographer and guided us to the trail.
A short clip of cantering in the trail
Another view into the trail…
Although the trail was about 10KM, we completed the trail in approximately 2 hour because we spent a lot of time resting and taking it slow and easy.
Here a record of the ride:
Overall it was a very enjoyable ride. We had fair amount of cantering going uphill and we were able to get enough rest for the riders and the horses. A fairly good ride that I will come back for sure especially with a good horse like Yusof.
One thing to take note is the entrance to DSIA Equestrian and Riding Club is a little tricky. Take a look at the video so that you don’t miss the entrance.
Here is the location to DSIA Equestrian and Riding Club:
For more information, please contact Amin at +60 11-1122 5207. Enjoy!
National Orientation Level Course in Basic Horse Care and Management Skills is a course by Majlis Ekuin Malaysia O Level.
The National Orientation (O-Level) Course syllabus was initially designed by Equestrian Australia Queensland Branch Coaching committee in 1993. Majlis Ekuin Malaysia (MEM) adopted the course in January 1995 and has localized the teaching materials to suit Malaysia conditions and needs.
As the course name suggests, it aims to provide an understanding in the care and handling of horses. The course is suitable for first time rider, horse owners and operators of riding facilities.
The objective of the course is to provide participants with practical knowledge in the requirements of horse care. More importantly, to educate the participants on how to work around a horse in a safe environment, for both the person and for the horse.
To break it into details, the outline of Majlis Ekuin Malaysia O Level is as follows:
General Horsemastership A – Safe handling method, knowledge of correct paddock handling procedures, yard management and care of bedding.
General Horsemastership B – Identification and measuring.
Grooming – Identify grooming equipment needed for grooming and correct application of various equipment.
Saddlery – Identification, fitting and care of horse equipment used on a horse for exercise.
Boots and Rug – Identification, application and fitting.
Feeding – Understand rules of good feeding, types of feed and methods of feeding
Foot Care – Identify correct shoeing and foot care
Horse Health – Identify signs of good health, ill health, minor wounds, ailments and lameness. Identify the need for worm control and vaccinations
Traveling – Understand preparation for and understand safe procedures
As a weekend leisure rider, I always enjoy exploring a little more than my typical trail ride and riding school routine. This course is perfect to put myself slightly beyond my comfort zone.
With a little bit of good timing, good friends coming together and the moon and stars are aligned, I managed to attend the course from 18th – 21st Oct 2021.
On the first day, the course started at 8.30 AM. We arrived at 8.00 AM for registration.
Each participant gets a bag of study material consists of 2 books, 1 folder with informative booklets, an empty notebook and a pen.
The primary instructor for the course is Husref Malek Jeremiah, a Level-1 General Coach (SSTA).
Husref is one of the best coaches we can ask for in Malaysia. Extremely experienced, knowledgable, yet humble and delivered the course in a friendly and enjoyable manner.
After an initial round of introduction and walking through the course outline, we dived right into the course.
This course is primarily practical at approximately 70% practical and 30% theoretical.
Wasted no time, we were sent to the big paddock to bring a few horses back into the stables. The horses are pretty calm and relax. It was relatively easy to put the head collar on them.
Back to the stable, Husref gave us a briefing on the bedding and Rahizza showed us how to prepare one.
Everything that was shown to us in the morning will be the activities we will need to do over the next few days.
Back to the classroom, we were assigned with horses to take care for the remaining of the course.
I raised my hand for Nazir, a Grey horse (instead of a pony) because I wanted to give myself a bit of challenge. Oh boy, Nazir totally didn’t let me down.
I paired up with Ziyad, my reliable partner who shown a lot of love for Nazir throughout our times together.
We started second day at 7.30 AM.
Ziyad took care of the grooming for Nazir while I did the bedding. It was certainly one of the most exhausting activities in the course for me.
Ziyad and myself posed in front of our first attempt to our stable boy job. Good job, Ziyad!
Also look at the happy boy, Nazir with a fresh bed!
As we still had some time before the classroom session begins, we took some time to roam around to pose with other lovely horses.
Back to the classroom, Husref gave us a lecture on different types of saddle for riding. Jac was asked to be the model sit on the saddle for explanation.
Next, we headed out to paddock for feeding!
The view of horses running over to get their food is totally amazing. Feeding in such a big paddock is new and totally refreshing.
Then, we went back to stables to finish up our feeding work.
After lunch, Dr. Edward Samuel, senior veterinary surgeon for MEM delivered a lecture on foot care and teeth care.
It was a rather interactive session. Apart from the lecture slides, Dr. Edward also showed us videos and discussed the diagnostic.
Again, we repeated our morning routine by grooming Nazir, making the bed and brought Nazir out for grazing and a walk.
Husref also brought us into the feeding room to explain the feeding chart, different type of food, the rules of feeding and considerations when feeding.
In the evening, Husref showed us the usage of rug although it is not commonly used in Malaysia. Well, it never hurt to learn a little extra.
The highlight of the 3rd day will certainly be loading the human (participants) into the float.
In order to get a sense how it is like to be traveling in a float, we travel for a short distance in the float around MAEPS.
We had a taste of what is it like to have a good ride and also a bad ride.
Guess what? It’s the assessment day!
Ziyad and I did our usual grooming and bedding. Then Husref popped over to start asking questions.
We also had to demonstrate how did we put on the bridle in front of him. Putting on the bridle is probably the trickiest part of the entire assessment that some people struggle.
After the assessment, Husref gave a debrief on what we covered in Majlis Ekuin Malaysia O Level for the last 4 days. He also explained a little more on what the next levels are after the completion of National Orientation Level Course in Basic Horse Care and Management Skills.
The Intro course and Level 1 are definitely something very appealing for people who have an interest in advancing their horsemanship or maybe go professional in the industry.
Next, certificate ceremony. We received our certificates and then headed out for a group photo.
Final Thoughts on O Level Majlis Ekuin Malaysia:
1. The syllabus covered in the course totally exceeded my expectation for the cost of RM350. The materials and duration covered can easily cost RM3000-RM5000 if such programs are by the private sector. I’m really happy to see MEM making this course affordable for the community.
2. Everyone in MEM is extremely helpful, friendly and cheerful. The entire crew could address me by my name throughout the course. The hospitality offered by MEM is beyond many private corporate training.
3. The practical part of the program is slightly overwhelming for me because stable work is not something that I do often but I’m super proud that I completed it.
4. This course is very suitable for a) stable workers who want to learn the safe and efficient ways of handling horses, b) the passionate riders who wants to know everything about horses, c) horse owners to understand what it takes to take care of horses.
5. In MEM, I saw genuine care and love for horses from the entire crew. On the first day, Husref talked about sometimes they worried if the horses slept well last night. I thought that was silly. On the forth day, the first thing when I woke up, I wonder if Nazir slept well the night before.
6. Throughout the years, I have seen stables that are managed in different conditions. The facilities in MEM is simply fantastic. Clean, organized and spacious. It definitely set a good standard to the rest of community. If I were to do my Intro course, I will come back to MEM.
For more information, please contact Pn. Mimie at +60166911059 or check out Majlis Ekuin Malaysia website.
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
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
Turn on hunches
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:
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?
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 Facebookand 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.