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Horse riding in Sanya

13 December 2020

Do you consider yourself a nature lover, an outdoor enthusiast and a tree-hugger? Awesome! At times, the noise and the continuous motion of city life can be overwhelming. How can you stay sane and still keep stoked for your weekend adventures? You are blessed by being able to get to the nature after work, while many of us only have the luxury of exploring on weekends and holidays.

Do you know that in Sanya there is an amazing place where you can enjoy the nature, walk along the beautiful bridge, eat dragon fruit directly from the plantation, have fun in an extreme park, learn all about the tea ceremony, make clay crafts on a potter's wheel and learn to ride horses?

You can do everything surrounded by a beautiful natural landscape! Sounds amazing, doesn't it? A unique place to relax in nature from the big city, communicate with the smartest animals and get new experiences! This place has a stunning view of the local mountain range.

We went to this natural oasis, got acquainted with its owners and learned a lot of useful information about the place itself and about the main direction of its activity - the stable.

By the way, foreigners are very welcome here and there are even special offers for our readers! But first things first!

The owner of this awsome place Wang Xiangshuo (王湘 槊) and her husband adores equestrian sports and horses! They opened a stable in Sanya two years ago. Until this moment, they lived in Haikou, where they were investors in a similar project, but always dreamed of their own piece of land, where they could make all their dreams come true.

It is worth noting, they succeed! This place is not just a stable, it is a big eco village for leisure, sports and recreation.

There is a place where you can run along the suspension bridge and in other ways enjoy extreme activities. There is a location for holding a tea ceremony, where you can be taught all the intricacies and features of the ritual. Here you can learn by yourself or teach your children how to model clay and master the potter's wheel. Also you can walk around the plantation and eat pitahaya, make a romantic photo shoot, organise a family picnic and, of course, spend time with horses and learn to ride a horse!

Horse riding is an enjoyable hobby and sport for adults and children alike. Learning to control and care for an animal much larger than yourself can have a profound affect on your confidence and is a great feeling. Riding is a great way to get out and see the surrounding countryside bringing the rider closer to nature.

The age at which your child starts riding can vary, depending on the child's size and maturity. Here the children from 3 years and the adults before 55 years are allowed to the lessons.

Horses are the most wonderful animals and so much of riding is about your mutual respect and connection to them. Despite their size, they are kind and therapeutic to be around. As well as the enjoyment you get from being with horses and in nature, it improves your fitness as all of your muscles are put to work.

Even if you are afraid of the animals, you should give a chance to yourself and should go to a stud farm as soon as possible!

The first class will cost to you 250 rmb only. There you will be taught about the most important rules. Before going to a stud farm, you should learn some basics about horseback riding. Thus, you can feel more confident. In this text, you’ll find some suggestions about what to wear or how to prepare to get to know the horse. This information can help you to get an idea about horseback riding. However, if you want to do this sport regularly, you should have an education from a trainer.

Whatever you wear, you need to feel yourself comfortable first!  If you wear very loose trousers or very tight jeans, you won’t feel comfortable on the horse. Tight jeans may make you feel uncomfortable and loose trousers may cause your stirrups to go out of control. Anyway, it should be long pants, totally recommend you not to wear shorts. Also we recommend you comfortable, closed shoes (sneakers). Flip-flops are an absolutely mustn’t. Always wear footwear you would be comfortable walking a long distance in. You should wear a riding helmet to protect your head from any accident. If it is your first time at this sport, don’t be in a hurry to buy riding helmet, chaps and gloves. You can take the helmet here, all equipment is included in the price. When you decide to do horseback riding regularly, you can buy your own clothing.

Bring some snacks.  Treats that are good for horses - healthy snacks are always good, such as fruits and many vegetables. Apples and carrots are traditional favorites.  The horse is happy to gobble up whatever you offer him, and always wants more. It will help you befriend with the horse, that also can be great fun.

Don’t be scared of spending time with the horse. Be sure, domesticated horses do not attack humans. .In order for a typical horse to become aggressive enough to attack, the horse would have to have conditions that make it anxious, defensive, or agitated.

Horses are gentle, smart animals. Stunningly beautiful and with an air of dignity, they have been valued by humankind for many centuries now.

Yet most horses are real scaredy animal, easily frightened by objects they can't readily identify, especially if these things are moving. That’s why make sure the horse sees and identifies you. Always approach at an angle, never directly from the rear. Horses have monocular vision which leaves them with a blind spot in front of their nose, under their head and directly behind them. If a horse gets surprised by the presence of someone at their back, they might kick. This is just a natural instinct of defense, since they are prey, and there might be a potential predator.

The introductory lesson costs RMB 250, it lasts an average of 45 minutes, of which you will spend about 20 minutes in the saddle. A standard lesson costs 380 rmb. In a standard lesson, you will  spend about 45 minutes in the saddle. You may also enjoy a promotion - buy 10 lessons and get two free. Who would not enjoy this kind of promotion? In addition to the lesson, you can pay only 20 rmb and walk around the dragon fruit plantation, which is located directly opposite the stable - here you can pick and eat the fruits of this wonderful plant. Hugs with horses are free but priceless!

Since Ms. Wang and her husband are very fond of foreign friends, they have prepared an excellent offer for our readers - for a cost of only 380 rmb per person, you will get a riding lesson, a pottery wheel modeling lesson and a tea ceremony lesson! The offer is valid for a company of 5 or more people. It's a great way to spend the day with your family and friends outdoors!

Hours of operation from 9 am to 7 pm seven days a week. Please note that there are much fewer visitors on weekdays.

You can contact by phone 15990871999.

Here is WeChat account (ID: a18655885558):

The service is in Chinese, so if you need an English or Russian translation, you may contact Anna, she will help you out (WeChat ID: renzhe2908):

If you want to capture an unforgettable experience of communication with these noble animals, write to Olga (WeChat ID: olgazima):

 

Being active lifts our mood, reduces stress and anxiety, improves our physical health, and gives us more energy. If you look at it that way, the horse riding opportunity itself means that you chose your time in exceptional nature surrounding. Keeping horses is very social kind of activity. Whether you're meeting friends to go horse riding, heading to competitions or looking after the horses, all these activities can be enjoyed in groups. Here you can form friendships

 

 

During your visit, first, you will get greetings at the tourism center, and be informed which activities you have chosen. Here you will also get the necessary equipment, make a payment and then go to the desired location.

Photos: by Olga Zima, some images provided by Ms. Wang.

See more photos in our album!
An article in Russian by link.

 

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