A few days back I met Anish Gajjar, the Co-Founder of the Equestrian Club of Gujarat, and a Freelance Equestrian Trainer & Riding Instructor.Our interaction and interview went on for about 90 minutes. The time spent was cherishable. I will never be able to erase those moments which were fully engrossing. I kept on asking questions and was stunned with the amount of knowledge the guy has. He is a walking encyclopedia on horses. His passion for the horse is crazy. He has developed his hobby into a profession and he is a real gem of a character. There was no sign of any sort of arrogance. He is smart and handsome. Most noticeable is that he is down to earth, generous and very humble. There is a lot to write about him and the knowledge that he shared with me which I will write in parts in upcoming posts on this website. The best part is that he has agreed to write some articles for us. He has recently been featured in a leading online equestrian magazine based in the USA. You may check by clicking on the following link http://www.goinggaited.
com/ aSaddleStringsnOtherThings. html
He has been training horses and coaching riders since the past 18 years. He has a farm for the horses, but prefers to keep his favorite stallion at home in his backyard. When he started training, there were only about 50 horses in town. Now the number is more than 300 and many new farms have come up. He wants more and more people to take horse riding as a serious sports activity. His youngest student is a 6 years old girl, so there is no age limit to learn riding. He has dispelled various myths related to horse riding and clearly stated that it is the most thrilling outdoor sport, and the only sport where men and women compete in the same arena at par.
According to him, if you have bought a horse for the joy of riding, then you must know that 70% of your time will be spent on horse keeping and 30% for horse riding. Bonding and compassion for your horse is very necessary, if you want to learn horse riding. It is not as expensive as it is often misunderstood and a horse can be maintained within a reasonable budget, but one needs to dedicate time and interest into it. Most people find it impossible to keep a horse at home or at the farm due to various constraints, which is why Anish and his partners have solved this problem with a very innovative idea. They have opened a livery facility for people who would like to own a horse but have no space to keep him. This is a kind of a lodging facility for horses, where several horses are kept together and riding is enjoyed as a group activity. This also reduces the maintenance cost for owners and is also good for the horses as they get professional health care and other support.
There is a lot left to write, but due to various constraints, I will continue talking about other interesting aspects related to horse training and riding in the next part. Thanks to Anish and we hope that we all will soon see his article here. He is best suitable to write about horses as he is a "Horse Man". His passion for horse riding will inspire so many of us who have always thought of riding, but never found a way to do it conveniently and affordably. Just wait for more exciting stuff !
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