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Ben's Mum


Sep 08

Posts: 829

Ben's Mum says:

Getting started again with hacking

Hello all.  Ben is doing fantastically well and so I've decided to start hacking him out.  Initially I was too nervous so my friend rode and I walked alongside but now I've started to ride with her walking alongside.  We're taking it slowly and started off just going a 100 yards or so up the road but now we're getting further away from home.

Hacking is obviously nothing new to Ben but it is new to the two of us together.  Before now Ben hasn't been ridden out of any yard for approaching two years because of his leg problems and op etc etc.  Ben is coping well with going out but is understandably nervous because he has been safe and secure in the yard and now he is being taken out of his comfort zone.

Does anyone have any ideas on how I can make hacking more enjoyable for Ben?  I don't think we're going to have any long term problems.  For example we had a cyclist come towards us today and he was on his toes a bit but didn't actually do anything.  The poor boy has had such a hard time that I just want him to be happy and enjoy himself. 

There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man. ~ Sir Winston Churchill

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Dec 08

Posts: 256

.(Mo!!y). says:

Re: Getting started again with hacking


Well done on over coming your nervousness (is that a even a word lol) and going out,

could u maybe take a friend with you on her horse? or would that make Ben too excited, or would u rather go out alone with ben? x


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