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This has to be one of the most fun activities for a family: on horseback through the woods.  The weather was beautiful and so was the place.  The people (and animals) at the Riding Centre were very welcoming, which made the afternoon even more pleasant.  They managed to fit us in on a busy day , which was just as well since I had already promised the kids.

It all starts with swapping our shoes for boots. Once those and the hats were on, the horses and ponies were prepared.  Waiting to be called to mount, the excitement was indescribable.  Once we were on, we received some basic instructions as we got comfortable on the saddles (it was the children’s first time) and then we were off.

I’m always impressed by how powerful horses are.  This trip showed me how a steep climb is managed with delightful ease.  They’re such gentle animals you can’t help but admire them.  We had a fantastic time and our short ride seemed to only last a few short minutes.

My wife was getting a little too comfortable…  Every time I turned around, there she was illustrating the multi-tasking ability of ladies.  She had assumed the typical Kuwaiti driving position which mandates that one hand holds a phone and the other is for steering.  She assured me her phone was being used as a camera at the time – but I still have my doubt.  I think she was on Facebook.

I cannot wait for the next opportunity to do this. I can’t recommend it enough.  I’m catching up with my family this weekend before returning home on Sunday.  The countdown to my short holiday will begin from then.

15 Comments

    • Mathai
    • Posted 24 July 2010 at 8:27 am
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    Wow that’s a really nice activity! Do you guys also go fox hunting?

    • Only if the Queen makes it legal again🙂

  1. I was laughing to death when I read your “typical Kuwaiti driving position”! My husband was laughing too! Ah, I sold my old cowboy/girl boots in Calgary! 😦 Riding horses are fun, but your butt gets hurt the next day, if you ride too much. Have a great week! Have lots of fun!

    • Thanks.

      Selling boots is something I can never imagine… Who bought them?!

      • A real cow girl bought them for $1 each in my garage sale. 🙂

    • Cheryl
    • Posted 24 July 2010 at 4:55 pm
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    Lovely photos as usual. I must admit I chuckled to myself about N being on Facebook lol. I will check her wall for ‘on top of a horse photos’😀

    • Q80BOY
    • Posted 24 July 2010 at 7:14 pm
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    great day out .. better than the usual oxford st. -> edgware road -> hyde park -> home😛

    • Edgware Road is on my prohibited locations list. I even avoid driving through it!

  2. Have fun Bu Yousef, you deserve it

    • Thank you, Sami. We did. The weather helped.

  3. this looks like a lot of fun …. i like the boots shot

  4. My god, the places look like heaven on earth, the image quality is so fascinating !! Mashallah. & riding horses in places like this would definitely be on my top to-do-list ! thanks alot for sharing.

  5. Lol @ ur wife! hehehe!

    I love horses! They are amazing creatures!

  6. Horses are so cool. I was just in Montana, and I used half my film shooting horses. Wait, that came out wrong. Well, you know what I mean.


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