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JWB Girls Go Horse Riding At Rajasthan Polo Club

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  •  September 30, 2015


Some of the Cinderellas at JWB have no idea who their Prince Charming is. Since he is taking too long to reach us, last Saturday we decided to hunt him on our own. So we went straight up to the Rajasthan Polo Club to learn some royal hobby.

2There we met Mr. Rohit Mathur, a trainer who teaches horse-riding to about 30-40 students every month. “I have got a little 6-year-old girl as well as a 53-year-old man as my students. I am glad this sport is catching up once again”, informed Rohit.1

Talking about the basics, he told us few important things to keep in mind. He said, “When you ride a horse, you should be able to draw a straight line through the ear, shoulder, hip and heel. Sit with your shoulders straight with an upright back. And remember you are sitting on his spinal cord area, one of the most sensitive body parts. Hence, make sure to position yourself properly.17

While he was explaining all that, Komal from JWB asked,Can you share some tips on the right positioning of the feet? Because I am not getting positive feelings about my foot-setup.”30

To which he replied,Sure. The stirrup (the ring that holds the foot of a rider) should be kept at the ball of the foot – the widest part of the foot just behind the toes. Keep the toes pointing upwards so that you can stay at your place during a faster running session.”4

He continued, “Talking about how to hold the reins properly, make a fist and pass them through your pinky finger. Thumbs should be on the top. So now, if you want your stallion to move in the right direction, slowly pull the rein to the right. 29

…Do the same for the left side. And if you want it to stop, just pull the leash from the center towards you. Make sure not to hurt the horsey! The idea is to use as little pressure as necessary, but enough to get the job done.” 14

Riding their respective horses with fascinating names like Goa, Bijlee, Suraj; the JWB girls did an impressive job! They tried their best to learn how to walk, trot and canter in whatever time they had.24

And if you allow, can we take a minute describing the handsome horses, please? One look at their muscular bodies, and trust us, we lost the counts of Khans and Abrahams. 34These galloping beauties are too much to handle. Just like Priyanka described, “Who needs a Prince Charming when you are riding these gorgeous, athletic horses?” *Ahem, pun intended*13

To which Shivani added, “Guys, do you know what! Horses use their ears, eyes and nostrils to express their mood and use facial expressions to communicate their feelings. Imagine our worlds without any blabbering from the ‘other’ side! Life would have been so easy. Sigh.”21

“Alright, girls! Hold your horses of imagination! It’s time we get off them and complete the last ritual – to “cool out” a horse after exercise. You can’t put them right into their stall, especially after a session in this hot afternoon. The heatstroke can be dangerous. They must be walked until their respiration rate is normal”, said Rohit.25

Let us do justice to these love stories with a Linda McCartney quote, “I would travel only by horse, if I had the choice.”

Meanwhile, if you’re planning to try your hand in horse-riding, call Rohit at 09829051196. And make sure, THIS (see below!) doesn’t happen to you. Lol!6

Photo courtesy: Pallav Bhargava

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