How to Ride a Camel

Where machines form our transport in this eon of technological exploration, and where riding is usually associated with automobiles, riding a camel can be an adventurous experience for beginners. Riding a camel is a little different from riding other animals because of its gait. The long strides and strong humps help a camel to run fast, ensuring you a comfortable and enjoyable ride. However, it can be dangerous, and sometimes fatal too, for the first time riders, if not done under proper supervision.

Riding a camel or a horse denotes a shared experience, where both the rider and the camel are undergoing an integrated course of action. It’s not about controlling the animal, it is about directing and being with it’s course of action, without hurting each other. Nature’s working is based on precision, and lack of accuracy in actions cause disturbances, which may result in undesirable instances like injuries. Riders of camels are to be very careful, and one must not push the animal too hard, but instead motivate it to follow your orders. There’s a way of communicating your intentions, and often we tend to choose the incorrect ways, simply because they seem easy. But there are certain ways that cannot yield the best results, no matter how much you push yourself or try pushing the external factors that play a major role in forming our experiences. Given below are useful tips that will help you know how to ride a camel.
For those who don’t know the character of a camel, it is an extremely emotional animal. Often, when they are handled by unknown hands, they are likely to panic and thus behave in a strange manner. This is its defense mechanism; just like we don’t like being touched or controlled by those who we don’t know, the camel also retaliates to undesirable manhandling. If you are a first time rider, ensure that you have a professional camel rider with you, till you finish your ride. He will monitor your ride, and give you tips on mounting, sitting, directing, and staying balanced while riding the camel.
Apparently, due to its long legs, it becomes very difficult to mount a camel when it is in the standing position. The safest and the right way to mount a camel is when it is seated. There is always a ledge attached to the saddle horn of a camel, which helps you get on it and get seated. Place one leg onto the ledge, and place the other across the camel’s hump. While doing so, please take precaution as to not to hurt the camel in any way. If there are pointed metal or plastic logos protruding from your shoes, then remove your shoes before you mount, and wear them back only after you have completed the ride. Do not take breaks while mounting, do it in one go, so as to avoid the chances of falling down due to loss of balance.
Here’s the scariest part – you have successfully mounted the camel, and comfortably seated on its hump, and now it is the time for it to stand up and get ready for the ride. Many quit their desire to ride a camel solely due to this fear. If you are not seated in a secure manner, you can fall from his hump easily, injuring yourself and scaring the camel too; embarrassment is not an important parameter to think about here, the risk is injury to you as well as the camel. Your knees need to be firmly gripped to the saddle horn. While getting up, when the camel leans forward, and you must lean backwards to balance yourself. And when it is leaning backwards, remember to lean forward. This will stop you from falling and losing your grip.
Next, ensure once again that you are seated securely. Talk to the instructor and get to know of the camel’s nature of movement. Although its movement is very slow, you can be pitched forward at about 45 degree angle. This can be stressful and inconvenient for your back sometimes, but if you allow yourself to be a little flexible, you will certainly enjoy the ride.
When you are sure that you are properly seated and ready to go, hold the reins confidently and draw your knees to a 90 degree bend. This will help you stay balanced, even when there are perpetual movements in wider angles.
Never try to dominate the camel after mounting, it does not belong to you. Even if it is yours, you don’t own it, simply because you cannot own lives. You are no one to control the animal forcibly. When the camel allows you to be seated on it, it means a submission, which is definitely not to be abused in any manner. Sit confidently, but without troubling the animal. The camel might take his own time to get accustomed to you, so don’t push; stay with your conscience, at least here, and think of the camel as your friend.
Getting off the camel’s hump, once the ride is over, is similar to mounting. Yet again, amateur riders dread the part where the camel lowers its posture to obtain a seated position. Follow the leaning technique as explained above, and you’ll successfully avoid falling down.

Where machines form our transport in this eon of technological exploration, and where riding is usually associated with automobiles, riding a camel can be an adventurous experience for beginners. Riding a camel is a little different from riding other animals because of its gait. The long strides and strong humps help a camel to run fast, ensuring you a comfortable and enjoyable ride. However, it can be dangerous, and sometimes fatal too, for the first time riders, if not done under proper supervision.

Camel RidingWhat it’s about and what it’s not about

Riding a camel or a horse denotes a shared experience, where both the rider and the camel are undergoing an integrated course of action. It’s not about controlling the animal, it is about directing and being with it’s course of action, without hurting each other. Nature’s working is based on precision, and lack of accuracy in actions cause disturbances, which may result in undesirable instances like injuries. Riders of camels are to be very careful, and one must not push the animal too hard, but instead motivate it to follow your orders. There’s a way of communicating your intentions, and often we tend to choose the incorrect ways, simply because they seem easy. But there are certain ways that cannot yield the best results, no matter how much you push yourself or try pushing the external factors that play a major role in forming our experiences. Given below are useful tips that will help you know how to ride a camel.

Knowing the camel

For those who don’t know the character of a camel, it is an extremely emotional animal. Often, when they are handled by unknown hands, they are likely to panic and thus behave in a strange manner. This is its defense mechanism; just like we don’t like being touched or controlled by those who we don’t know, the camel also retaliates to undesirable manhandling. If you are a first time rider, ensure that you have a professional camel rider with you, till you finish your ride. He will monitor your ride, and give you tips on mounting, sitting, directing, and staying balanced while riding the camel.

Mounting

Apparently, due to its long legs, it becomes very difficult to mount a camel when it is in the standing position. The safest and the right way to mount a camel is when it is seated. There is always a ledge attached to the saddle horn of a camel, which helps you get on it and get seated. Place one leg onto the ledge, and place the other across the camel’s hump. While doing so, please take precaution as to not to hurt the camel in any way. If there are pointed metal or plastic logos protruding from your shoes, then remove your shoes before you mount, and wear them back only after you have completed the ride. Do not take breaks while mounting, do it in one go, so as to avoid the chances of falling down due to loss of balance.

Getting ready

Here’s the scariest part – you have successfully mounted the camel, and comfortably seated on its hump, and now it is the time for it to stand up and get ready for the ride. Many quit their desire to ride a camel solely due to this fear. If you are not seated in a secure manner, you can fall from his hump easily, injuring yourself and scaring the camel too; embarrassment is not an important parameter to think about here, the risk is injury to you as well as the camel. Your knees need to be firmly gripped to the saddle horn. While getting up, when the camel leans forward, and you must lean backwards to balance yourself. And when it is leaning backwards, remember to lean forward. This will stop you from falling and losing your grip.

Next, ensure once again that you are seated securely. Talk to the instructor and get to know of the camel’s nature of movement. Although its movement is very slow, you can be pitched forward at about 45 degree angle. This can be stressful and inconvenient for your back sometimes, but if you allow yourself to be a little flexible, you will certainly enjoy the ride.

Action

When you are sure that you are properly seated and ready to go, hold the reins confidently and draw your knees to a 90 degree bend. This will help you stay balanced, even when there are perpetual movements in wider angles.

Never try to dominate the camel after mounting, it does not belong to you. Even if it is yours, you don’t own it, simply because you cannot own lives. You are no one to control the animal forcibly. When the camel allows you to be seated on it, it means a submission, which is definitely not to be abused in any manner. Sit confidently, but without troubling the animal. The camel might take his own time to get accustomed to you, so don’t push; stay with your conscience, at least here, and think of the camel as your friend.

Getting off

Getting off the camel’s hump, once the ride is over, is similar to mounting. Yet again, amateur riders dread the part where the camel lowers its posture to obtain a seated position. Follow the leaning technique as explained above, and you’ll successfully avoid falling down.

Please pay attention to the following warnings to avoid unpleasant incidences while riding a camel:

  • Do not eat or drink while riding on the back of the camel
  • If you have children with you, ensure their safety; do not hand them the reins for handling or directing the camel
  • This is not the time for experimenting with the camel’s course of action; if you’re a beginner, do not try and control the camel without proper guidance Camels walk very slowly; do ensure that you do not fall asleep while riding, or you may have to face the worst waking-up from your pleasant dreams, ever.
  • Pregnant women and those suffering from severe backache are advised not take camel rides


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One Response to “How to Ride a Camel”

  1. Terri says:

    I am going on a trip to the Middle East next year. I’m 62 and reasonably fit. Camel riding will be part of the tour. Thank you for the excellent advice. I love animals and it is really good to have some knowledge about the nature/temperarment of an animal before engaging with him or her.

    Would have been great to have some pictures on your site.

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