Horse riding in Dubai
Riding lessons and horse riding centres in Dubai
Getting involved with horses doesn’t have to mean spending out on lessons straight away. Try out these equine activities first and see how it goes
Meydan Stables Tour
If you want to learn about the finest racehorses in the world then head to Meydan stables. Start with a sumptuous trackside breakfast at Farriers restaurant, before taking a tour of the stables and venues in the Meydan Grandstand including the Saddling Paddock, Jockey’s Lounge, Horse Connection Lounge and Parade Ring.
Tours are held every Tuesday and Wednesday until April 10. Dhs250 (adults), Dhs150 (kids aged four-12). Children under four are not permitted on the tour.
Along with a whole host of wild and wacky animals, the centre has a collection of Falabellas, the world’s smallest ponies. Originally used to haul coal in Argentine pits, these tiny ponies, the height of a large dog, maybe devastatingly cute but they are also remarkably strong. At posh paws you can help groom, wash and walk them all for free or let the staff saddle em’ up. And you can have a pony ride too.
Dhs20 (per pony ride) Open daily, 9am-5pm, PoshPaws, Off Academic road behind the Municipality Veterinary Section centre near Al Khawaneej. www.poshpaws.com (050 2730973).
Al Tamimi Stables
For Dhs30 per person, families can enjoy a fur-tastic day out at this vast and stunning farm and stables. Home to over 500 animals, which of course include the equine kind, little ones can acclimatise themselves gently with these large creatures in serene surroundings. Kids can enjoy a pony ride for Dhs20, which consists of four rounds of the paddock – and the ponies are so gentle, mum and dad can lead too if they like.
Dhs35 (entry for adults) Dhs25 (for kids aged six to 12). Under fives go free. Dhs20 (per pony ride). Open Sat-Thu, 9am-6pm. Closed Fridays. Al Tamimi Stables, on the E311 road just past Sharjah Airport. www.tamimistables.com (06 743 1122).
Riding for the disabled
Since 1998, the Riding for the Disabled Association of Dubai (RDAD) has been helping those with disabilities feel empowered, improve their coordination, increase fitness and so much more. Weekly, the RDAD teaches approximately 50 students from over 11 countries. The therapeutic lessons are designed to suit each individual in the class .Instructors trained through the North American Riding for the Handicapped Association, and adhering to their safety standards and guidelines lead the lessons each week. The group also has numerous volunteers who help the riders mount and dismount, lead the horses and assist the team through the various exercises.
(050 450 4204).
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