I have heard many people recently wishing to give dressage a go on their horse or wanting to make the step up to affiliated competitions but being a little nervous about it. Here are a few of my tips that I hope you will find useful at whatever level you ride at.
Riding horses on the roads, or hacking as its referred to by equestrians, is an essential part of many horses exercise regime. Not only can it help build their physical strength but can also be a great asset to their mental wellbeing by getting them out of the arena and often tiny paddocks and allows them to take in new scenery.
Now as a Rider myself and having being involved in fatal road accident involving a horse approx. 15 years ago, I would love nothing more than to be able to come straight out of the yard and onto a bridleway or be able to ride from one field to another, without ever having to touch tarmac. If I could I would but the reality is that for the majority this simply isn't possible. Farmers don't want horses on their land and there are very few bridleways around nowadays.
Here are my top tips for making Hacking out safer and more enjoyable for you and your horse: