Hack­ing at Bad­minton

A once wa­ter-shy mare splash­ing in a lake and a rider fi­nally pluck­ing up the con­fi­dence to hack out solo. It’s been an­other fun-filled month of ad­ven­ture for our Hack 1000 mil­ers

Your Horse (UK) - - #Hack 1000 Miles -

WE TOOK #HACK­1000MILES to Bad­minton in May, where 50 peo­ple in­dulged in a rare ride around the fa­mous es­tate, rais­ing much-needed funds for Avon Rid­ing Cen­tre for the Dis­abled. Rid­ers were able to get up close and per­sonal with the CCI4* fences, with the 10-mile route tak­ing horses past the Quarry, Hunts­man’s Close and Bad­minton House, as well as through the Lake. As a bonus, each fin­isher took home a Your Horse magazine goody bag, filled with free­bies from our bril­liant #hack­1000miles spon­sors, SEIB, Dublin, Bai­leys Horse Feeds, Win­tec and NAF. One mare who caught our eye as she splashed play­fully in the Lake was Jo­hanna Searle’s Je Suis, a 22-year-old ex-race­horse. Jo­hanna has owned the mare for 12 years and, when she first bought her, Je Suis was ter­ri­fied of wa­ter — she would only walk through a pud­dle if led by a hu­man. With time, per­se­ver­ance and pa­tience, Je Suis now hacks out con­fi­dently and she loves wa­ter — watch­ing her gal­lop through the Lake was a joy to see. Claire Tay­lor has also been mak­ing bril­liant progress with her horse Pie.

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