Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Eventing Country
• Horses: 0
I'M A HACKER!!! I LOVE HACKING!!! It's my thing :) I agree completely, I hate the arena. The least time I have to spend in one, the happier I, and my horse are!
Being an Eventer, yes, yes, yes - work in the arena is important, but conditioning is as well - and luckily I have a horse who is a Pro at the sport and gets his job done well, I don't have to spend that much time in the arena to "train" and "prepare" him. So I get to spend more time out :)
I am lucky though, I have 80 acres of land to ride on, so I don't have to expose myself to the roads and traffic, but I have had to before I moved here. I've ridden on and by and across many roads before - is there any way you can lead your horse around near the roads first, to get accustomed to traffic driving by and to the sounds and movements?
When you are on him, and out by the roads, just remain calm and quiet. The more you expose him, the better and the quieter and calmer you are, the better.
I've had some explosive movements, even on my bomb proof Nelson, I just try to get as much control as quickly as possible, while sitting deep and long in the saddle.
Definitely, if you can have friends, bring them with you :) If you don't have friends, make sure you notify the BO's and those at the barn that you are heading out. Even if you have to write a large note and hang it up in the barn - stating when you left, where you are going, etc, etc, etc.