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A little achievement

Discussion in 'Confidence Club' started by Mary Poppins, Jun 28, 2018.

  1. Mary Poppins

    Mary Poppins Well-Known Member

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    I am a nervous hacker and am slowly trying to build up my hacking confidence as my horse can only hack out right now. We have lots of space to ride round the farm including a very long driveway which leads out into a main 60mph road. I have no desire to ride through the gate, but yesterday and today I managed to ride up the drive and then loop round to one of our ‘safe’ hacking fields where I feel comfortable.

    This won’t mean much to many people but I know there are some fellow nervous hackers on here so I thought I would share. It is all about building these little steps. Hacking everyday is definitely helping my confidence, whereas before I would only hack once or twice a week. Just thought I would share as I am proud of myself.
     
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  2. Bodshi

    Bodshi Well-Known Member

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    Well done you! I can still remember the sense of achievement when I managed to take my share horse hacking, on my own and without having to get off - it took me a while and I used to drive to the yard with butterflies and then put off the actual ride for as long as possible by faffing around grooming etc. Now I'm completely the opposite - I know we all like different things, but for me hacking is what I get the most pleasure from.
     
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  3. KP nut

    KP nut I'd rather be riding.

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    HUGE achievement! I have always maintained that hacking is way scarier than jumping a XC course! Chapeau!!
     
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  5. Bodshi

    Bodshi Well-Known Member

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    Haha, not true!!
     
  6. KP nut

    KP nut I'd rather be riding.

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    Seriously I won't hack out of walk.....
     
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  7. OwnedbyChanter

    OwnedbyChanter With out my boys life would be bland

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    I agree with kpnut you never know what is around a corner out hacking in a school yes they can spook but there is control of what they can do,

    So big up for you I need to follow your lead and jack out as well
     
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  8. Mary Poppins

    Mary Poppins Well-Known Member

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    I hate the unpredictable side to hacking and hate that I can’t control everything and everyone. I have no issues boxing up Ben to go to shows, clinics etc. and can ride in new places just as long as it is on a yard where people understand horses. It is the dog walkers, cyclists and random members of the public that I don’t like. We have lots of land on our yard, but also get dog walkers and joggers running over the fields and they put me off.
     
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  9. Jane&Ziggy

    Jane&Ziggy Learning together!

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    What an achievement for you, I know how you have struggled with hacking. Fantastic! You really will do anything for Ben.
     
  10. newforest

    newforest Why have grain, when you can have yummy grain

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    Everyone is different. I don't do shows because I can't stand all the hustle, bustle, noise, keeping to a time schedule and looking half presentable.
    I love the freedom of hacking, stopping to chat to all the locals, taking a drink and my time.
    I put off someone who was about to cut through a field for a pee. Glad he heard the trot on good girl. And people say the countryside is quiet!
     
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    Jessey Well-Known Member

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    Well done, its good to hear going every day is making it easier for you too :) Its funny how we all see things differently, I hack a lot and used to show a lot, and I would think I was more likely to meet an idiot that would do something to upset my horse at a show! there's always that one who thinks using your horses bum as an emergency brake is acceptable or just wildly gallops within inches of you in the collecting ring :rolleyes:
     
  12. sophie33

    sophie33 Well-Known Member

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    Well done - as another nervous hacker I think that is a big achievement!
     
  13. Kite_Rider

    Kite_Rider Cantering cabbage!

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    Well done. I only hack now and yes the more you do it the easier it gets, try not to think about what might go wrong, if something worries Ben treat it the same as you would if you were at a show, basically just get on with it. Onwards and upwards!
     
  14. newforest

    newforest Why have grain, when you can have yummy grain

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    Ones I have done say no lunging and no galloping.
    But some rings are so tiny and are all top on top one another. Especially when you can see acres of empty space nobody is using.
     
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    Jessey Well-Known Member

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    That rarely seems to stop people, especially those who are out of control!
     
  16. newforest

    newforest Why have grain, when you can have yummy grain

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    Yes if I took mine that would be me.
     
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    Trewsers Well-Known Member

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    Brilliant! I am nervous just pootling about my own patch - so I can totally relate @Mary Poppins . I feel much safer in the school (really don't know why:oops:)
     
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