Shall we start a nappy horse club, or maybe it should be nappy owner club!? Seriously though, thanks for your support. It did make me feel better to know it wasn't just me, and I wasn't being unrealistic in wanting to hack out alone. I'm staying chilled about it for now. Noble is great in every other way, and I have plenty of people to hack out with. Noble is a 14.3 welsh cob cross, lovely willing little chap, but with more than a hint of personality! He's 10 this year, so in cob fashion, may start to mature a bit. As for me, I started riding 4 years ago, and acquired Noble via my daughter who now prefers boys to horses. There's a lesson there somewhere! Anyhow, I'm concentrating on schooling for now, hoping to take him to some shows this year, and will tackle the hacking alone thing later in the year.
Best regards, please stay in touch and good luck! Cathy.