Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Eventing Country
• Horses: 0
I jump only once a week, but I've given my reasons :)
I hack, hack, hack and hack some more and when I am done hacking, I hack again. Hacking is the best way to condition your horse, to get them prepared for the long day of festivities that are to come. Hacking conditions your horses lungs and heart and just makes your horse able to take the strenuous - we all know what hacking does for eventers.
While out hacking, you can work on your coffin canter, you can work on letting your horse out and bringing him back - transitions, you can do so much while out hacking, that is just as benefitial as arena work, if not better.
I do arena work once a week, focusing on relaxation, suppleness and transitions. I only work until I get what I ask, and then leave it at that and go on a hack.