Guinness World Records has awarded an extremely talented horse called “Desert” (UAE) an official certificate for achieving the Fastest 10 m on hind legs by a horse, in a record-breaking 9.21 seconds.
Desert is a 16-year-old Grey Gelding owned by H. H. Sheikha Maryam bint Mohammed Bin Rashed Al Maktoum, and expertly trained by Rui De Sousa.
The animal was not allowed to be coerced, pushed or pulled in any way during the attempt at Dubai Polo and Equestrian club, in Dubai, UAE.
Affectionate owner Sheikha Maryam told Guinness World Records: “Desert Kismet is a 16 year old pure Arabian Horse. He was sent to us as a gift about a year ago and was loved by everyone around him. He has a very unique personality and is very energetic, playful, gentle, kind and has a very big heart.”
She continued: “When Desert first came to us we were told that he has never been ridden in his life. This was somewhat of a challenge to us but we have an amazing team of horse trainers that were able to work with Desert and discover his talents. His trainer, Mr. Rui De Sousa, says that he is a very intelligent horse who is always willing to learn new exercises and improve them in his daily training.
“He can perform exercises that are difficult for many horses to do such as walk long distances on his hind legs unassisted and perform pirouettes on his hind legs as well. These kinds of exercises require a combination of power, balance and extreme concentration. We are very proud of Desert Kismet for what he has achieved.”
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