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The Prive Experinece + Horse riding a forgotten Sunnah?

I never thought I'd ever be able to ride a horse in London. Why? Simply because I didn't think it would be possible in a modest way. I know, I know - I am thinking like an abaya wearer and limiting myself. But it is the truth. How can I ride a horse and dress and be, well, modest? Wouldn't it be strange as an abaya wearing Muslimah to rock up to the stables? Wouldn't I be looked down upon? And God forbid the instructor is of the male species. Even though horse riding is a sunnah and something I desperately wanted to learn, I let it slide out of my thoughts, and stayed in my city girl lane, which is basically "I don't need to learn, as I probably won't ever need to ride a horse in the city."
Well, that is until I found The Prive Experience.


The Prive Experience is a new Muslimah event experience company catering to Muslimahs in helping them come out of their comfort zones in a halal way. It gives them a chance to go out and try new things away from males while building upon sisterhood. The experiences can range from sports, restaurants, games or days out. Their aim is to get women to no longer feel like there is a barrier to stop them from going out and trying something new. So many times sisters want to take up new sports or hobbies but need a female only environment in order to do so. They also aim to show businesses that there is a demand for women only days so that they become willing to supply them.

The first event that Prive Experience planned was a female-only horse riding lesson and afternoon tea. Naturally, I jumped at the chance of attending, as it was everything I wanted. Horse riding: tick. Female only: tick. Afternoon tea: tick. You guys must know by now that us Brits love our tea!

All the sisters that attended were taken to the indoor school, where we had our horse riding lessons. As the lessons were in groups, some sisters had their lessons while others helped themselves to various types of tea with finger sandwiches, scones, clotted cream & jam, pastries, mini cheesecakes, mini cupcakes, cakes plus macarons  (yum!) plus plenty more sweet food for us to indulge in. It was perfect as we could watch the sisters ride their horses or take pictures for them whilst they were on their horse. The ambience of the event was impeccable. What I loved was the contrast of the elegant afternoon tea in a muddy horse riding school, which worked beautifully. We were able to keep warm whilst sipping our tea and socialising with the other sisters. Then socialise with our horses.

Almost all the sisters were first-time horse riders. Our instructors were all females and our horses were amazing! There was a selection of different size horses which were perfect. I am petite and honestly, I don't know if I could have ridden on a huge horse for my first time. My horse was a small little white haired horse called Danny. Very slow and absolutely gorgeous in my eyes. I got to feed my horse at the end of the ride -  he was so well behaved, I fell in love. I understand now that riding a horse is not as simple as I originally thought but relaxing as well. I love that because horse riding is a sunnah when done with the correct intentions I can receive a reward for something I enjoy. Subhan'Allah!

Because we rode our horses in the school, it was a closed space. This allowed us all to relax and take off our hijabs and abayas. We had a rail and hangers to keep our clothes clean, which was so thoughtful.  At the end, we were all gifted with a goody bag. 
The goody bags were so awesome that I will make a separate post about the products in the bag. The Prive Experience promoted three businesses in the goody bags;  Nour candles, who sell oud smelling candle melts and Vertue box which is the UK's first green healthy & beauty subscription box, and Indulge with Lancsco who provided the chocolate favours. As well as hiring Lameen Event Planners to bake some of the delicious treats we ate with our tea. A lot of thought and effort went into planning the event. I can't wait for their next one.

If it wasn't for The Prive Experience I honestly don't know if I would have ever had the guts to go out try horse riding. Would I do it again, yes! It is a Sunnah that I will say has ignited a spark in my heart, for that, I am truly grateful. This company is everything us sisters need.


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  1. This post really made me believe that yes, there are people who think about their religion before there wishes, Beautiful yet informative post!

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    1. Yes, putting the religion first is very important.

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  2. So good to see that people r considerate enough and execute ideas beneficial to muslim sisters so they dont.miss out on anything . MashaAllah. may Allah bless all your good intentions and reward you <3

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    1. Ameen, Alhamdulillah we have sisters do this, to help other sisters. May Allah reward them. It really thoughful, and brings sisters together as a sisterhood. x

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  3. MashaAllah! I love horse riding, but never got to learn it! I remember a quote from the book "Little Women", where Jo says she wants libraries full of books and stables full of Arabian horses! I am the same type of girl.
    The food seems to be all the more tastier! :-P

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    1. That quote sounds such like me, hmm i love books. I just had to go a google search Arabian Horses, gosh they are beautiful Mash'Allah. The food was lovely. x

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  4. Sister, this sounds like my DREAM day out! Masha'Allah tabarak Allah. I used to have horse riding lessons as a child alhamdulillah, and it's a hobby I sorely miss. I was recently able to enjoy my first horse ride in twenty years while on holiday lately, the only male with us being my dad alhamdulillah! It was such a wonderful experience. I love that you were able to feed your horse afterwards as well, you feel like you want to thank your animal for allowing you to ride them don't you! Jazakallah khair for informing us about The Price Experience, they sound like a fabulous organisation masha'Allah, I will certainly keep my eye out for more of their events in the future. Maybe see you at one insha'Allah! :)

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    1. *Prive - it seems autocorrect caught me out there!

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    2. Lol, I hate it when that happens lol

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    3. Secretly jealous that you had horse ridding lessons as a child, it must have been so much fun. Is it similar to learning how to ride a bike? No matter how many years you haven't ridden on one you can always go back and you don't have to learn again.
      Yes that is what it feels like, a thank you, for letting me ride you. I tired so hard to bond with the horse, lol. Its funny when I think about it now, I tired more harder to bond with a horse, more than I would with a human. They are such gracious animals.
      Yes Insha'Allah please do come to their next event, it would be lovely to see you x

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  5. Love it! Ma sha Allah, do you know if they do this in California? I would just love this experience!

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    1. Thank you my love. I don't know if they do. Even in London it is a new thing. When I heard of it I was very excited, as it is different to what Muslimahs are used to. x

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  6. Oh My Gosh,its my wish to ride a horse because I love horses,i mean I really wish that this kinda thing happens here in Pakistan & I mean if that would happen I'll fly in the air.lol
    You are so lucky & also the pictures are so so good❤

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    1. You are like me, I love horses. The idea just excites me.
      Thank you x

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