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Keeping horseback riding tradition alive in Okhla

In cities it is a rare scene to see people riding on the back of horse. With major urbanization know people prefer modern methods of communication to old and traditional horse riding.

horseridingokhlaHowever, there are some who prefer horse riding. In OKhla even today when the locality is chock-o-block with two and four wheeler, one can see at times youngsters riding on the back of horse in the locality.

Though these people, who mostly reside in Nai Basti, and still use horses for carrying items are not trained horse riders they are good at horse riding. What attracts attention is the way even young children ride horse with ease in the overcrowded place.

Tajuddin Ahmed said it is really treat to watch these youngsters riding on the horse back with such an ease. “It is a rare site. With major urbanization and latest vehicles available that save time, now using horse for commuting is redundant. It is something that nobody thinks about. However, from time to time out of the blue, one can see some youths in Okhla riding on the horse back. If they get good training then their horse riding skills can be honed and they can be made good horse rider to event participate in competition,” he said.

Residents in Okhla call them horsewala.

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