Team-build­ing con­fi­dence

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Rid­ing out with a steady friend gives your horse the men­tal strength to tackle a tricky sit­u­a­tion

Horses al­ways pre­fer hack­ing out with a friend when they’re away from home ter­ri­tory, and hav­ing an­other rider on hand to help you will boost your con­fi­dence, too. It’s not al­ways pos­si­ble, but if you can find a hack­ing part­ner whose horse is bet­ter at deal­ing with traf­fic than yours is with, say, a dust­bin that’s been flipped up­side down by the wind, then ar­range to go out to­gether. “We’ve got near­side and off­side horses,” says Kim. “Horses that can cope with the traf­fic on one side and then ones that can cope with nui­sances on the other. It also means that if I’ve got a prob­lem, then I’ll deal with that while Ian sorts the traf­fic out for me.” Rid­ing out with a steady friend not only helps when ne­go­ti­at­ing haz­ards, but gives your horse the men­tal strength to tackle a tricky sit­u­a­tion with more con­fi­dence.

Ask­ing your hack­ing part­ner for help if you feel you need as­sis­tance is key

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