If you want to take advantage of the last gorgeous days of winter, or simply try something new with your horse, we have eight of the best horsey activities and experiences available in the UAE, whether you own your own horse or want to ride someone else's!
Hit the X-country course
Make the most of these last cooler days by hiring the EEC cross-country course and trying your horse over water, steps, ditches and drops. The course offers 21 purpose built jumps ranging from 65cm to 1 metre and the well-maintained track (1.8 km) makes for a truly memorable riding experience.
Details: Course hire costs AED 150 per rider and requires pre-booking Tel: +971 50 55 87656
Haven’t got wheels?
Take the pain out of local transportation with Equitrans who are now offering short haul shipping throughout the UAE. Their six-horse lorry is ideal for a group of friends hiring the EEC cross-country course and comes with dedicated and experienced grooms and driver.
Details: Price for four horses return trip from Dubai to EEC with dedicated driver and grooms and one to two hours waiting is AED 400 per horse. For more details and quotes call Joe on +971 50 456 1366.
Overnight natural horsemanship stay
Rahal Ranch, home of natural Bedouin horse-man Ali Al Ameri, offers small self-catering chalets for rent. The accommodation is simple offering; kitchen, bathroom and king-size bedroom, and the real selling point is they’re located right in the centre of the natural horsemanship action in the heart of the family ranch.
Details: Accommodation starts from AED 200 per night. Lessons are available at an additional cost. Tel: +971 56 698 8848 for more information.
Try a performance enhancing spa day
What better way to end the season than by taking your equine partner to the ultimate spa experience? Get your saddle pressure points checked with the Tactilus Equestrics sensor which uses the principle of piezorresistance to highlight any issues in fit.
Next it's on to the thermal imaging centre to check for any heat spots or asymmetry. The treatment can detect muscle, nerve and inflammation issues before your horse shows any physical or behavioural signs.
Finish the day with time in the indoor sea-walker developing core strength and stamina plus improving circulation and stride length and encourages self-carriage.
Details: For prices and availability contact Greg on +971 56 718 5964.
Beach Riding Adventure
Nothing ‘blows away the cobwebs,’ like a day on the beach aboard a willing and happy horse! Join Al Dhabi Stables for two hours of beach riding and relaxing. Horses are available for both experienced and beginner riders and activities are determined by what you want to do. Swim with your horse, or simply paddle through the shallows, canter on the sands or relax at the temporary majalis seating.
Details: The package includes temporary majalis-style beach seating with snacks, fruit, chips, water and juice, plus horse transport to the beach location. Prices are AED 500 per person and for parties of five or more AED 400 per person.
Habtoor Pony Camp
If you’re stuck for something for the kids to do this holiday, then the Habtoor Pony Camp at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort and Club is perfect! Running 8am to 10am each weekday morning, kids five and above are welcome to come along and learn everything about stable management and riding. Get them grooming and learning the basics of horsey-first aid, then its up and onto the ponies for some instruction on the finer points of riding.
Details: Camp costs AED 220 per day or AED 800 for 5 days. For more information call +971 4 436 2222.
Shop till you drop from the comfort of your home with eQuestri
The recently revamped eQuestri site is looking really gorgeous these days, and its not only pretty, its packed with more horsey goodies than ever before!
Currently the site has a great selection of sale items from bits and boots to numnahs and equestrian wear, plus there’s some gorgeous new arrivals including high tech New Generation Compositi Ellipse stirrups, PEI riding wear and more. Plus there’s still our favourites like the gift buying guide, free delivery over AED 150 and of course the seven-day return policy.
Brush up on your jumping
Want to brush up on your jumping skills? Sharjah Equestrian and Racing Centre, offers 45- minute jumping lessons with fantastic facilities and BHSAI qualified trainers. Offering a fantastic selection of horses from beginner through to national level showjumpers, so there’s certainly something for (almost) everyone!
Details: A 45-minute lesson is AED 94.50. To book call SERC on +971 6 531 1155.