Most fairytales end with the prince heading into the glorious sunset with a damsel on horseback. But as we're strong proponents of safety, we'd recommend signing up for horse riding classes before you even attempt to gallop anywhere.
Horse riding is a fulfilling sport that is highly therapeutic at the same time – but you don't have to save it for vacation days. In the past, you'd have to pay hefty membership fees in order to take up classes. But it has become more accessible now, with more stables offering non-membership-based horse riding classes. Whether you're an advanced rider or a beginner, take your horseriding skills to the next level at various riding schools in Singapore.
The Bukit Timah Saddle Club will help bring your Disney daydreams into fruition by teaching you how to ride your equine friends. By the end of the beginners' course, you'll not only know saddle from the stirrup, but you'll also know how to trot.
The 45-minute lessons run once a week over a period of eight weeks, conducted in groups of four to five students. The first two lessons focus on horse handling and stable sense, while the remaining six lessons will be on horseback. Classes start from $600 for eight beginner lessons for non-members, with other packages available.
One of Singapore's most prestigious horseriding schools, this riding academy is located in a quiet, leafy hideaway on Mount Pleasant Road.
Its Riding Academy boasts fully-equipped facilities and a dedicated staff of certified teaching professionals, ensuring that all riders learn the basic fundamentals of riding, posture and balance. Classes are held every Tuesday to Sunday from 7am to 7.45pm. Non-members can ride up to three months, after which they must become a member to continue lessons.
Ride alongside Singapore's elite at the National Equestrian Centre, tucked on 100 Jalan Mashhor. It is the home grounds of Singapore's national team, after all, who train for international equestrian competitions here. Lessons can be taken privately or in groups (with a maximum of four people per class), and cater to both beginners and competitive riders.
Start your new passion by picking up horse-riding as a leisure activity. Gallop Stable provides beginner classes in the form of private or group lessons, where you'll learn the basic principles of riding such as leading your horse, mounting, the correct riding position, walking, trotting, stopping, and safely dismounting.
And if you're considering novice riding lessons, you need a strong foundation of basic riding skills and feel secure and confident in the saddle. These lessons will help you work on improving your riding technique, further develop your seat and hands, learn how to canter, and ride your horse over poles. Feeling adventurous? Embark on the one-hour jungle trail along Fairways Green Track or Fairways Sand Ring, led by an experienced staff.
Or volunteer here
If you just want to be around horses while doing a good deed, volunteer at the Riding for the Disabled Association of Singapore. The association provides horse-riding therapy for kids with special needs and disabilities. Not only will you learn how to work with horses, you'll also help to guide, motivate, encourage and cheer the kids on.