Robina on a Ri Bu herdsman's horse, Xilingol (Xilinguole) grassland near Xilinhot, Inner Mongolia. Alvin and Robina play the tourist, scattering sheep and interrogating shepherds as a break from urban Beijing.
"The Mongolian riders were quite amused by Robina. She can ride pretty OK and speak Chinese, so she's the translator between the Mongolians and tourists.
The mongolians can ride bare-back since they are experts, but ride quite differently on their narrow saddles. They stand on their stirrups and even tilt to their side (butts off saddle) - this style is suited for horse-back archery, and reminiscent of the days when they conquered China and rode to the gates of Vienna.
The Mongolian horses (or ponies) are short and stocky, allowing Robina to hop on without help. Though the ponies lack height, they have stamina and can gallop very fast. My horse just waiting to sprint off, so I had to struggle to rein him in!"