I’m not sure how many of you know this about me, but when I was younger, until my late teens, I used to enjoy horse riding as my weekly hobby. Every time I would turn up to my lesson I would have butterflies in my stomach with feelings of excitement, adrenaline and fear. I managed to get up to grade four and we’d just started getting the hang of jumping. Unfortunately, I had a few falls as with every rider, but I let my fear get the best of me and sadly decided to quit.

Except for the occasional hack, it’s been about nine years since I’ve ridden, and I’ve been meaning to get back into it for a while now. As you know I’ve recently been getting out-and-about more thanks to Danone ‘Light* and Free’ yogurts. I’m starting to enjoy a lot more outdoor activities, especially now that it is finally summer in the UK. In a bid to find, or in my case re-visit an old passion of mine, this week I finally decided to take the plunge and book myself in for a lesson!

It was just half an hour long as advised by my instructor until I get back into the swing of things, but gosh was it one of the most amazing half hours of my life! Once you know how to ride it is kind of like knowing how to ride a bike, you never really forget. As soon as I got on everything came flooding back to me and I was back on that canter like nobody’s business! Although I was very nervous at first I’m so glad I’ve finally made that first move to get back into it, I’ve even booked myself in for an hour’s lesson next week!

And guess what? I even managed to persuade Sid (who’s never even been on a horse before) to book his first ever lesson too! RESULT!

  new-yog 1 3 5 7 2 11 13 feat 10


  1. Ibtisam

    September 10, 2016 2:57 am

    I’ve always wanted to go horse riding but I have the fear of doing hopefully inshallah I will this blog has inspired to do so

  2. Shazeda Bee

    September 10, 2016 7:39 pm

    there’s a horse riding lesson in my college but I’ve never joined even when I wanted to. I think I’m going to give it a go! 🙂

  3. Carina

    September 10, 2016 8:31 pm

    Nice pictures, Dina! I used to do horse riding too in my teens! Maybe I should give it a try again! 🙂

  4. Lola-Leïla Grosdemange

    September 11, 2016 8:10 am

    The pictures are super nice ! I love riding your articles !

  5. Shadia

    September 11, 2016 12:20 pm

    I was so surprise to see you on a horse !But it’s so coool! 😊 I ride/ take care of horses almost everyday. The horse has a beautiful colored coat ! Enjoy your next ridding lesson ☺️

  6. Anne

    September 11, 2016 5:52 pm

    Hi Dina! Love your blog! Where did you go for this? I’ve been trying to find somewhere near London.

  7. H

    September 14, 2016 2:17 am

    Was this really about the horse riding or Danone?

  8. Andrea

    September 14, 2016 9:03 pm

    Oh my, Dina, That was so nice to know about you. I love horses so much. I never did lessons, but I use to ride sometimes when I was younger. I stopped because I moved to another city and then never found a place to do it again, but I really miss it. Your post made me want to start looking a place for riding right now 😀

  9. Kainat

    September 15, 2016 3:32 am

    Omg yeah Dina I remember you talking about horse riding in one of your old vlogs! Great to see that you have finally tried it once again.

  10. Laura

    September 16, 2016 7:04 pm

    I would love to go horse riding. You will have to make a vlog, especially when Sid is on the horse 🙂

  11. Asees hera

    October 3, 2016 2:24 pm

    You look like a arab sheikh rulling the world. I’m thinking of doing the same . I’d always wanted lessons but never got a chance to. Life happens, work etc.

    So are planning to make this a regular thing? Even with youtube, your fashion line , hanna etc?

  12. su

    March 13, 2017 6:08 pm

    Dear Dina, riding horse is realy good hobby I’d wanted to go but I haven’t got enough time because of scholl, life happens etc

    Actually with your writing, you reminded me that I shouldn’t delay my fovorite hobby. I will search riding lesson on web as soon as possible. Also the horse has beautiful colar and your photos is great! Enjoy your next lesson,Dina😌😌

Leave a Comment