Randeep Hooda turns horse whisperer in Abu Dhabi

Randeep Hooda turns horse whisperer in Abu Dhabi

Hooda, who was visiting the capital for the Formula1 called in at Al Ameri’s Rahal Ranch for a spot of one-on-one tuition.



Randeep Hooda

Everybody needs good ‘neigh’-bours and that is exactly how Randeep Hooda felt when he recently nipped over from India for an Emirati-themed equestrian adventure with Abu Dhabi’s renowned horsemaster Ali Al Ameri - a man locally known as ‘The horse whisperer’.

Hooda, who was visiting the capital for the Formula1 called in at Al Ameri’s Rahal Ranch for a spot of one-on-one tuition, before the actor, who’s also a professional polo player and show jumper, put his new skills to the test in the desert.

“Ali and the horses were unbelievable,” said Randeep. “The control Ali had over his stallions was amazing – they responded to everything he did. Despite riding from an early age and also competitively, I was a little nervous at first as this was a leap into the unknown, but once Ali showed me all the cues it was totally different and the horses did everything I asked. He was getting the horse to sit on its hind legs, stick its tongue out, circle round me and rear up. It was a magical sensation to have so much control over Tayeb – he was so beautiful, gentle and well-behaved. It was an amazing experience.”

“Randeep is a natural rider and he did very well with unfamiliar horses,” said Ali. “He was very brave, wasn’t scared and took it all in his stride. If he keeps up this progress, I may have some competition in the future! I told him he doesn’t have to worry about my acting though!”


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