I want to start my horse hacking out away from the farm. My trailering options to take him on trail have fizzled out slightly and to be honest we are both getting bored doing arena work. Where I used to ride in the UK we would hack out when it rained or just when the weather was fine, I miss it and wanted to give my horse a chance to enjoy some away from the barn time.
Basically, he used to be a trail guide (4 years ago) and he has been back on trail once since. He was a little excited and a little flightly. Not so bad that we both didn't get to the end in one piece.
The road out the front of our barn is a no go. It's like a country lane, but its the country lane from hell. Cars get on that road and the drivers seem to lose all sanity and reason; they become racing car drivers who have to pass each other in order to win. The road is not overly long and it's pretty straight but the amount of cars that end up in the ditch or in the fields along the road is quite unbelievable.
I am going to try and take the back route. I think, i'll have to check, that there's a path from my barn past the back field with the 4 BO horses (who are all slightly crazy as no one works with them ever) and into the farm next door. If I take this path I can go along the edge of her property, with permission of course and onto the smaller country lane. If I continued on this road I think I could get to the park and the trails.
My horse has to my knowledge never been out on the roads before. What advice can you give when introducing a horse to hacking out? Any good bombproofing exercises I could try? I would love to have a buddy for him but my friend tore her rotator cuff and hers was the only horse I trust at this ban to stay relatively calm when away from the area. I could ask the barn manager to trailer her horse in but I bet she'd just want to trailer straight to the trails.
I'm not feeling nervous about taking my horse out, I used to hack out so much and really liked it, plus I was never nervous doing it on school horses even though I had a few scary moments.