‘I love my pony more each day’

Em­brac­ing our hack­ing chal­lenge has helped one reader’s pony to become a braver boy

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

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!

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