2019 Hacking/Riding Thread


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Mar 23, 2015
This weekend was my fourth go at attending a 90cm SJ clinic. I has one cancelled due to the Equine flu, one because I was the only one booked, and one where my lorry broke down. Sadly this time was no better as it was again cancelled because lots of people had cancelled :(

So on Saturday I went hacking with our yard groom again. She is allowed to borrow the yard veteran if she is with me (she doesn't have her own horse). We had a nice 4.5 mile trip in the sun.

On Sunday I had a lesson with the YO. It was windy so Harvey was his normal mad self to start with and I had to do quite a bit of cantering around before he settled. Once he started jumping he concentrated nicely and I'm starting to get some control over where I go now.

Our latest livery has had her horse a while but is only just starting to learn to ride (i'm not quite sure why!). She is having lessons with the YO and then consolidating in between. She was having trouble cantering so I hoped on just to see if it was her horse being stubborn. He cantered nicely for me, and after that cantered for her. He was then pulling her into the jumps that were set up which she isn't ready for so I hopped back on and jumped a couple of cross poles. This all caused quite a bit of giggling as I was a bit under horsed, and still riding very short after dropping the stirrups 5 holes.

Warning up.

Flying! (this looks tiny but is actually 90cm

Something a bit smaller

4.5 miles
1 hour 15

40 minutes


9 hours 40

86.7 miles
24 hours 25

Native Lover

Native Pony Fan
Jul 13, 2009
Lincolnshire,wheres the hills?
Been busy but riding we now have plasticand wooden jumps on the new yard and now sorting making some country jumps with telegraph poles , pallets and tyres.

Had a lovely ride round the field today must have ridden for about an hour. Playing in and out of the jumps.... she will be hacking soon.

I have ordered guttering to make a Dressage school 20 by 40 so I can do my first test :cool: Having a wonderful time at the new yard.


Jun 5, 2016
Your welcome it looks lovely is there only u there it looks so peaceful and quiet


Cantering cabbage!
May 18, 2009
Well, I had a mammoth hack this morning (for me at least) took Belle for a pootle first, to the bluebell woods, beyond the woods is a huge field which we have been riding in and it's great for a quick blast if you fancy one, we tend to stick to walk these days though, anyhow we got there and there are 'woolers' in there with tons of the cutest lambs, were not allowed in any of the field when livestock are in them though, so we had to turn around and go back the way we came, we were only out for about 45 mins but Belle didn't mind, I think now she's starting to feel her age a bit little and often is my mantra.
So back to the yard and I had arranged to hack out with a couple of the other liveries who have more lively horses, I borrowed another liveries girly, sweet cob who I may have mentioned before, anyway off we toddled and ended up having a few arguments about who was going to lead the way! Bunch of jessies the lot of them, lol, ohhh scary barn, oooh scary sheep, oooh scary tractor - im not going, oh yes you are, nope Im not, make me, :p eventually we got passed the scary stuff - I'm so not used to horses having a paddy about stuff any more, it was a bit of a shock to be honest as Belle will go past everything and anything - and had a lovely 90 minutes out in the countryside, can't say I was feeling fresh as a daisy by the time we got back though, in fact Im in need of some deep heat and ibruprofen for my back and some extra padding for my backside! I really can't do un comfy saddles anymore!
As always I forgot the photo's - I know I'm useless, but I do have some of the bluebell wood which I'll post once my phone battery is charged again.
Three things I've learned from today is, I'm not built for riding any length of time anymore :( I have a total saint of a horse who out hacking is worth her weight in gold, having said that, when I took the little cob out the other day on our own she was a total superstar, so am guessing she was feeding off the other two and lastly *touching wood* my confidence is flippin awesome these days, not once despite the silly antics did I feel the least bit nervous :D


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Nov 11, 2018
Totally lovely ride this morning. We just meandered in the spring sunshine, and chatted to the dog walkers. Got some nice active trots, (believe I may have spotted a muscle in Hogans shoulder!o_O) Really appreciating riding again.


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Dec 3, 2014
Rhode Island,New england
Sonny unmounted 28.25hrs
Mounted 5.75 hrs
Had some great play in one of the big round pens Tuesday and Wed. Tues horrible winds
Wed much calmer.
Even with the and a little bit of silly boy I got great halts when I asked.:)
I did not leave him up there for grass since there are some very big trees up there.
I let him eat grass in the front yard.

Wed was calm and I got great transitons up there and then let him stay and eat some grass.
Later that day we did a really long nice play in the small cavaletti pen.

Yesterday was a cold damp go thru spitting rain cold so we did not have our play day and
I did not do anything either.
Toni and I have not caught much of a break on our Tues and Thurs play days.
I have managed to do some.

Today is warmish but horrible winds AGAIN:mad:
BUT tomorrow will be heavy rain all day.

I just take every day as it comes but I am a fair weather person...