‘I love my pony more each day’
Embracing our hacking challenge has helped one reader’s pony to become a braver boy
LISA LIDEHALL HAS struggled with her horse, Snurre, spooking in the past, but joining #hack1000miles has helped the pair become braver and enjoy themselves. They recently pulled off a 4.8mile hack without company. “We can both be quite tense and spooky when we’re alone,” explains Lisa. “On this particular hack we had to pass a field of cows, which weren’t there the last time we went that way. Of course the cows were standing right next to the fence we had to pass — typical! “Snurre froze and wanted to turn for home, but I remained calm — and not just pretending to be calm, either — and asked him for one more step at a time. After a few minutes, we had calmly walked past. “A few hundred yards later, we found ourselves in the middle of a school field day where students were orienteering. Every now and then a group of teenagers would jump out of the woods — and unsupervised teenagers are not quiet to say the least. Instead of cantering by to get out of the way, I kept a deep seat and my shoulders back in case of sudden teenage ‘attacks’. “I love my pony more and more each day and I think we are well on our way with our partnership and mutual trust.”
Lisa and Snurre are braver now when hacking out thanks to #hack1000miles!