Finding the right hacking buddy

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Finding the right hacking buddy

Postby greyhorse » Tue Jun 16, 2009 10:57 am

I find hacking with other people a bit scary, as I am always worried they are going to fall off and it will somehow be my fault. I really enjoy hacking my horse on my own, and he never does anything terrible or sneaky, but he does have a certain 'joie de vivre', which is part of the reason I enjoy riding him in the first place. Does anyone else find this?

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Re: Finding the right hacking buddy

Postby Harriet » Thu Jun 25, 2009 10:45 am

I agree, other horses can be a bit of a worry. I have a very sensible cob who is a good 'nanny' to other horses, but he is a horse and sometimes wants to be a bit cheeky, too. Don't worry. It's probably worth warning potential hacking companions that your horse can be a bit jolly, and avoiding those who look scared when you say that. Most sensible riders understand that horses are unpredictable, and shouldn't blame you if they fell off on a hack - I certainly wouldn't, I'd consider it my own 'fault', if that's what you'd call it.

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Re: Finding the right hacking buddy

Postby horse_girl » Fri Oct 23, 2009 3:05 pm

There's nothing worse than hacking out with a psycho pony if yours tends to be a bit on the sensitive side, but likewise it can be just as frustrating to ride with someone on a 'go slow' if you want to stretch your horse's legs and have some fun. There's nothing wrong with either party, it's all about getting the right balance. Don't feel bad about 'dumping' your hacking buddy, and don't take it personally if yours 'dumps' you!! It may take a while to find your perfect hacking partner, but it'll be worth it when you do.

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Re: Finding the right hacking buddy

Postby lemmethink » Mon Oct 26, 2009 11:53 am

Hacking is certainly a delicate art - finding the right buddy is key. I often go out with people, and when their horses are behaving like monsters, and they are yelling at cars and generally having a moan, I wish my poor horse and I were off on our own! I am sure they feel somewhat the same when my horse takes off, though and we are all polite enough not to comment!

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Re: Finding the right hacking buddy

Postby mja » Mon Jul 26, 2010 5:19 am

Yes I agree it is essential to have a suitable hacking buddy. One who is sensible and calm and who's horse is also calm if yours i likely to be set off.

ood although shecan be spooky and hates motorbikes or rattling noisy trailers and if another horse is hyper then she will go off on one too. More than 3 horses with her is a no no as she gets too excited and stresses to be at the front and I wish i hadnt bothered going as she head flicks and jogs at best.

However with one other well chosen buddy she is almost faultless as long as nothing horrendous crosses our path on the roads (no bridlepaths). She gets confidence off another horse and will feed of their reactions.

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Re: Finding the right hacking buddy

Postby pukkapony » Thu Aug 05, 2010 12:06 pm

I have about 6 different hacking buddies and go out with different people depending on what I fancy!!! Not only do I have 4 'hack worthy' horses of my own but also have a few friends who like to come out with me on my own horses, however I am always careful with the combination of horse and rider but feel I have an advantage as I know my horses inside out and can instruct when something comes along that makes them tick.

I once had a hacking buddy that was scared to canter her horse, scared to cross roads and scared to walk on bridleways that trees above! That was no fun, plus her horse would always fight to have the lead then get up front and have a proper go slow plod! On one occasion I stopped for a good few minutes, did a bit of mounted blackberry picking and trotted up to find she had made it about 100 yds and did not even notice me gone!!!

I think its good to have variation, but then again there's nothing better than a long ride, a walk and a talk with a best friend.

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Re: Finding the right hacking buddy

Postby littlehorse » Wed Aug 18, 2010 9:40 am

I tend not to hack out in groups as I have an ex racer who is very competitive. He likes to be in front when cantering and with at least 2 -3 horses distance ahead of the one behind otherwise he bucks and gets upset. It is difficult to find the perfect combination particularly if you have a difficult horse.

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Re: Finding the right hacking buddy

Postby Archie » Wed Aug 18, 2010 2:03 pm

I think you need to get the right balance and make sure your horse is happy with his hacking buddy too. There are a couple of people at my yard who hack out together and their horses all wind each other up and they all walk along ears back the whole time!

I need a really sensible, calm, confident hacking buddy for next year once my pony is backed to hack out with us but the trouble is finding someone who understands youngsters and doesn't mind just walking and trotting!

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