O Level – Majlis Ekuin Malaysia


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.

Course Outline

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.

Day 1

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.

Day 2

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.

Day 3

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.

Day 4

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.

More information

For more information, please contact Pn. Mimie at +60166911059 or check out Majlis Ekuin Malaysia website.

Riding in MAEPS with long lost friends

GoPro mounted on Aina's helmet and video edited by Ili.

It has been 9 months since I met Amirul, Aina and the family in Paya Indah Wetlands. I did not get their contact and have never seen them since. It was a pleasant surprise to see you guys again last weekend!

It was pretty early in the morning (7.45 A.M.) when I got there. The arena was rather quiet.

We got our horses and started off by warming up the horses in the arena.

Wasted no time, we head out to our ride!

It was really shaky while taking a photo on the horse back.

Rusdi, our trail lead was leading the trail. We took a break half way in. (Well… Aina and Hanim were hiding behind the tree.)

It was my first time riding Magoo. Back in arena in the morning, Magoo was a little lazy boy. It took me a lot of energy to get him to trot and his trot was choppy. But once I got him warm up, he cantered like a champion in the trail. It fact, his trot was fast enough to overtake the other horses!

His trot got much more steady when we were in the trail. Most importantly I had a really good time with Magoo!

The trail took us about 1 hour. It was especially fun when we were cantering together in the small path. It was quite an amazing scene sitting on the horse to see each other cantering.

Back to stable, we could see many students were training in the arena.

Doing good riders!

If you are interested to ride in MAEPS, feel free to contact En. Faud (+60 19-277 0449​⁠​) to find out more.

Until next time!

A Walk with Faana in MAEPS

Two weeks back I had a good time hacking with Aziq in MAEPS, I went back for another ride.

It turned out this week I had a rather special experience with the horse (Faana) I was riding.

When I arrived, the groomer brought Faana to the entrance for me.


En. Faud was explaining to me that Faana’s legs are all good. The only problem he has is a little attitude by not obeying to rider’s direction.


As I was the last person to get my horse, I got a bit of catch up to do with the rest of the group. Good thing is Abang Fauzi and another rider were walking slowly to wait for me, while another 3 riders were going fast in front.


Saying hi to the rest of the group, who appeared to be frequent riders in MAEPS.


Abang Fauzi on left. We were trotting toward the trail entrance.


Ta-da! The entrance to the trail is locked and there was no one there to open the gate for us. Abang Fauzi was shouting for a while guessing there was someone in the little hut can come out unlocking the gate for us.


I moved up with another rider to check out the other entrance. Too bad, luck clearly wasn’t on our side. The other gate is closed and locked too.


We trot back to the initial entrance, hoping Abang Fauze has already got someone’s attention to unlock the trail entrance gate.


Nope… We were still on our own. Our group waited there for another 5 minutes. A lot of cars passed us by. Yet, we didn’t manage to get the door unlocked.


A group of passionate riders hanging at the road side. In retrospective, I’d imagine it’s going to be a really fun time hacking with the group…if we actually made it.


Abang Fauzi moved on further back up to another entrance. Although it is blocked by the barrier, the side was big enough for the horses to walk in. Unfortunately, for some reasons the horses refused to walk in.

Abang Fauzi was having a little hard time controlling his horse to get him walk into the grass.


Same situation for me. Faana started acting up, refusing to move near toward the entrance.


Faana decided to move to somewhere else against my will. I probably spent 5 minutes “battling” with Faana to get him to walk back to the entrance.

I could hear someone was calling my name asking me to get back to the group. Faana was rather stubborn, insisting to move away from the entrance. This is the time I decided alright Faana, you won…


I rode Faana further down the road. The plan was to make a circle to go back to the entrance where I lost the group.

As I rode further down, there is another stable with another paddock.

I could hear Faana’s neigh a few times along the way while walking near the other stable.


I met another rider who is not from our initial group. He is from another stable. I did not spend too much time chit-chatting as I got a lot to catch up with my group.


When we walked near to the other stable, Faana rushed into it. I’m guessing that felt like home for him.

Faana has a rather strong opinion on where he wanted to go. It was a little hard to control him. In the stable, I realized that I could no longer direct Faana and I got down from Faana to pull him and walk back out.

I walked a long way to go back to the stable. Along the walk I tried to ride back on Faana but he has a habit moving away while someone approaching from the side. Adding to his earlier attitude, I figured out it was best to walk him back to stable by foot.

Upon approaching the stable, Aziq came to me riding a motorbike. Obviously he could guess what happened because the other riders must have went back to stable earlier except me.

Aziq swiftly took over Faana, took my whip over and ride on Faana to go back to stable. He left me with the motorcycle for me to ride back.

Well, the last time I rode a motorcycle was illegally in an island in Thailand. Before that, it was many many years ago since I last rode a motorcycle. I’d imagine it is going to be really funny scene if I could not ride a motorcycle. First they send Aziq with the motorcycle rescue Daniel and Faana, then they have to send another motorcycle and 2 persons to rescue Daniel (again!) and the motorcycle. The good news is I did manage to ride the motorcycle to go back on my own. Hooray!

Back in the stable, I saw the rest of the riders whom I went out with earlier has already got back and was having a good time riding in the arena. But I also learned that they did not end up going into the trail because the horses were not cooperating.

In the arena, ZK (one of the earlier riders) offered her friend’s horse, Bicara for me to ride for a while. It was a beautiful gray horse but boy he sweats a lot! By the time I got down, I noticed he is so wet as if he just finished a shower. I only manage to ride him for about 5 minutes. I took off shortly after for another lunch appointment.


Obviously that wasn’t as pleasant as what I expected in a trail ride. It involved a very long walk alone with Faana. During my walk, few things popped up in my mind.

  1. The frustration could get pretty intense when a 400 kg beast is not being a nice boy. Is dealing with problematic horse one of the reasons why people stop riding?
  2. When we are lost we should still hold our head high. Keep going and keep moving forward no matter how small you are feeling.
  3. The universe has a strange way to expand your comfort zone. Just when I thought I was getting pretty good with riding horses, the universe gave me Faana with an attitude. It kinda served as a reminder for me to stay humble.

Although I wouldn’t wish for this happen frequently, it was nevertheless a rather interesting experience with horses that I never have. Definitely going back to MAEPS for another ride to enjoy the beautiful greenery!

Find out more about riding in MAEPS in my previous post.


MAEPS (Malaysia Agro Exposition Park Serdang) is located in Serdang, approximately 30KM from KL city center.

I went to MAEPS for a ride on Kolonel Fakharuzi’s recommendation whom I met in Unit Ekuin UPM few weeks back. He is one of the guys who helping running the stable operation in MAEPS. Last week, he was out of town so he got his partner, En. Faud to take care of my riding arrangement.

MAEPS is a massively huge place. The stable in MAEPS takes a little effort to find. Make sure you check out the map at the end of the article to get there easily.

After circling around for 10 minutes and asking 3 different people, I finally arrived the stable.

Stable in MAEPS
Stable in MAEPS

There was a stable management course going on. The staff was explaining the importance of horseshoe the participants.


This handsome young man is Aziq, son of En. Faud. Aziq brought me out for the trail ride later on. Aziq is only 17 years old but he is already a solid rider. He has been riding for many years. He is now actively training for endurance competition and he even trains horses for other private owners.


I got my horse, Rohill for my trail ride. Although Rohill is a schooling horse, he is surprisingly responsive. I could easily pop him into trot and canter without using a whip. With a whip, a light tap on his shoulder will get him to canter really fast.

I brought Rohill into the arena to warm up while waiting for Aziq to get ready. The arena is pretty big to the point there are another 2 smaller circles within the big arena for other riders to train.

Riding in MAEPS arena
Riding in MAEPS arena

I was trotting and cantering in the arena for about 15 minutes to warm up Rohill.


Shortly after, Aziq and I left the arena to head to the trail.


Trail at MAEPS

Here is a video of my ride inside the arena and at the trail.

We walked on tar road and passed by a pineapple farm.


Aziq got back up on his horse after he got down to open the gate to trail entrance.

We started trotting at the entrance of the trail.


One thing you can be assured is to get a good view of greenery and wide clear sky in MAEPS.


The trail has swallow trace.


You can also spot a lot of trees along the trail although they are not big enough to provide shade.


There are plenty of hilly path where you can canter up comfortably.


Overall Riding Experience

The track in MAEPS is not particularly long. If you are new to trail riding, this will definitely be a good start. I spent most of the time trotting. I did not get a lot of chance to canter because there are plenty of turns I was not familiar with. Once you are familiar with the turns, it will be a really good place to test your cantering skill. Also, we took the shorter trail because the night before was raining hence we could not go to another trail which is supposed to be more challenging. I will definitely go back for another ride to try out another trail. The fee is affordably at RM80/hour.

If you want to ride in MAEPS, feel free to call up En. Faud (019-2770449)