See, what did I say? That someone would mention Charlotte Dujardin and her hacking with "her" horses. But, listen to what she is saying:
“Our routine with our horses is that we train our horses in the school 4 days a week, so we work our horses on Monday and Tuesday, and on Wednesday they go hacking ‘round the roads and around the field. That means every horse, from Carl [Hester] sticking you on a 3- or 4-year-old, sending you out hacking, loose in a field whilst you’re trying to hang on. And, of course, he always goes on the safe ones, and then goes for a good jolly canter up the field while you’re trying to survive.
[…] Having that variety, I think, definitely helps when you go to shows because they’re not used to just one surrounding. They get to see other things, and experience other things. Even our young horses. It is quite risky, but it is important that they get to see the world as well.”
Please understand that I think it is very important for horses to do different kinds of work, including trail riding. However, please also understand that a hack in the English countryside is not equivalent to what many Americans consider a "trail ride", through mountains, forests, and rocky areas. A horse getting away from you and bolting though a field is not the same as bolting though the woods.
I fully agree with mmshiro
This is one of the points where I am in full agreement with Clinton Anderson: Trail riding is a discipline like any other, so horses need to be taught it like any other. So if you are hesitant, I'd say, "Don't take her on the trail," but instead "Do teach her to go on the trail!"
Exactly. Horses ned to be taught
My concern is for the wellbeing of the rider, first and foremost. Five years ago, I bought a show-jumper, who had never been out of metropolitan barns. To get him used to his new environment, our plan was to ride him in the outdoor arena for several weeks, letting him learn the new sights and smells. Everything was new: birds that flew and sang, trees that swayed in the wind, sheep, etc. He was ridden every day, by myself and my trainer and seemed to be adapting. However, on day 21, something moved (a lizard? a rabbit?) while we were in the arena, warming up at a walk AFTER a good canter lunge. His spook was so big, so massive, that the whiplash knocked me unconscious. When I was found, between the wall where we were working and where I was lying 15 feet away, there was NOT A SINGLE hoofprint, and my back had 5 broken vertebrae.
So, I don't know what people are referring to when they are talking about showhorses, but I am talking about my 18hh show-jumper who jumped more than 15 feet sideways from a walk. That is the type of showhorse I am talking about.
And, as for Charlotte Dujardin, well, I would be riding the safer horses like Carl Hester.