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