Out for a Ride

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These small horses are actually available to ride for only 10 riyals ($2.50 US) in the Taif area of Saudi Arabia. Taif is in the mountains and is quite a bit cooler in the summertime than the rest of the country, so it is a popular vacation destination within the country. You can see how short the stirrups are on the horses, since most of the customers are children. These guys were wearing very typical clothing for Saudi Arabia. The outer dress is called a thobe and it is worn with loose long pants underneath. They are both wearing the shumagg – the red and white checkered head scarf – in different styles. The one guy has his paired with a baseball cap. The horses are adorned with flowers and bright colored attractive blankets to sit on.

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About SusieOfArabia

American woman now living in hubby's homeland of Saudi Arabia
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10 Responses to Out for a Ride

  1. zeal4adventure says:

    Lovely photo. Love the costume but yeah, where are the Arabian horses? 🙂

  2. Dina says:

    I wanna ride!
    Small horses, eh? But where are the famous Arabian horses?!

  3. Judy says:

    I like the flowers in the horses manes and the bright blankets. The men look a little big for the little horses but it looks like they are used to it.

  4. Brad says:

    All those clothes, they have to be freaking hot.

  5. Jacob says:

    Boy, this leaves me with a lot of questions. Why are these “old” guys riding what children usually ride? Where do they ride – around in a circle? Isn’t their clothing warm in the summertime?

    Did you take this from a car? Would you be able to stop and take their picture?

    Okay…you don’t have to answer all these, but it’s an intriguing photo.

    • I think these guys were riding the horses back to the stables, after renting them out for kids to ride all day. They were headed down the road, away from the picnic area. Taif is in the mountains and is considerably cooler than Jeddah, so their clothing was appropriate for the weather.
      I did take this photo from the car. My hubby slowed down and was asking them questions (like how much a ride is) so I could get a better shot. Most men here are happy to pose for a photo when I ask them, but women – no way!

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