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    08-14-2009, 11:37 AM

I just booked myself in for a beach hack on monday!
I was supposed to be going to ''own a pony saturday'' with my neighbour but they are full. Then they offered us a joint private lesson but next doors mum said it was too expensive.

I was really looking forward to going, because its the stables I used to help out when I was at school, and my fave horse is still there.

The only other day I can get there is monday when my partner is of work and can take me. The other things that are available on mondays are 'weeny rides' and a walk treck. Bit slow for me! So I just booked myself on the beach hack and now I'm getting nervous!

I had a wee go on my friends horse the other day and she said even though I have not ridden for a while, I was still good.
But what if I make myself look an idiot on front of people?

Can someone reassure me it will be ok? Lol
I know all the horses there are very calm and reliable. I am going to get there extra early to hope I can get my fave boy!
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    08-14-2009, 11:53 AM
Don't stress out. I am sure that everything will be fine. Besides, everyone makes fools of themselves sometimes, you just have to laugh at yourself and don't worry about what other people think. Congrats on getting to go to the beach, will it be one of those things where they let you go in the water and everything? That is so much fun. We would all love some pix if you are able to.

Welcome to the forum by the way.
    08-14-2009, 12:03 PM
My friends mum said I can borrow her boots and 1/2 chaps too :)
Before the hack everone gets took into the arena to make sure we are comfortable with the horse etc, so I can get my partner to take some pics then, and of course I will have pics of my fave boy! And a few pics when we are setting off, but then he will be off to walk the dogs on another beach, because I will be out for an hour. OMG I am going to be sore! Lol at least my son is on holiday at his grans so I can just sit with a hot water bottle. Lol
    08-14-2009, 12:10 PM
I would love to walk my horse on the beach. But the nearest ocean to me is probably a day or two carride away.
Have lots of fun on your beach hack!!
    08-14-2009, 12:40 PM
The weekend before last, I ponied my younger horse out on trail. Well, the owner of my ranch did the actual pony-ing. Myself and one of the ladies there I'm friends with came along on his stable horses-- he has a whole rental herd in addition to the boarder's horses.

I was terrified before we went because I haven't been on a horse except my own in a couple years now, and I haven't even been on my own in at least two months. But-- I did fine. The rental horse didn't want to western rein at first, so I had to two-hand her, but once we got out on trail she was wonderful. I felt kinda stupid in front of the owner of my ranch and my friend for not being able to get her to go where I wanted for a minute, having ridden for 12 years, but she figured out pretty quick I wasn't the average rental rider and was absolutely perfect for the rest of the ride.

My point is, if you're going out on horses who are used to it, you'll be fine. They've done this a billion times, and they are even less worried about you than you are. Also, if the foundation is there, it will come back to you once you're on the horse.

Have fun-- it sounds like it will be!
    08-14-2009, 01:55 PM
Thanks I feel much better now! Lol
I have been riding since I was 2, I spent 3 summers in a row at this stable, I cycled 7 miles (14 mile round trip!) just to help out there 6 days a week, and occasionally got to go out on the hacks.

I guess I was just a bit worried about posture coming back to me but have refreshed my self watching others ride.
The horses there are so used to the routine they could do it without someone on their back infact once I was there, a horse escaped and ran off after the hack, caught up with them and followed them back!

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