I did an hour’s hack yesterday as with weather and illness I’ve not had the hacks I love. Plus, last weekend, I wanted to ride Mr Shadow as he is back in work so opted for two thirty minute rides. But yesterday, I saddled up Miss Bella and off we went on a very blustery hack around the farm.
I feel I’m gaining somewhat with confidence on this longer route as despite the strong winds that often double blind me, I kept relaxed and listening for the pony in front that my hacking RI was on.
Bella was a little difficult but got her walking nicely after a few minutes. The horse in front is only three so very green and despite having done this hack a fair few times, she was spooking at every little thing yesterday. I blame the wind. Bella just kept standing there, as though to say, “These youngsters”.
She did some lovely trotting and my steering on her was great. We had two chances for long canters but Miss Bella was deciding against it. Whether it was me or just her stubbornness yesterday, I’m not sure. I even purposefully held my hands down so I wouldn’t pull back on her accidentally like I have sometimes in the past but no, she wasn’t having any of it.
On the second try, it was so funny, she was pelting along in such a fast trot, it would have been easier for her to transition into canter. I kept sitting to the trot and squeezing her but nothing. I really needed that crop yesterday but had left it behind.
It was a great hack though and lots of long spells of good consistent trotting. The fact I’m feeling more comfortable on these longer hacks only bodes for a brighter future.
We did discover that bus drivers and car drivers in general are an ignorant bunch. The pony in front was freaking about something and started backing toward me and Bella. Bella stopped dead, the pony passed us and the bus kept coming toward us. Instead of waiting for us to pass, he yelled abuse at us. And the amount of dirty looks we received from drivers yesterday was hilarious. Most of the time, the horses were walking well or trotting but the car drivers were just too impatient.
We were talking about the vests that have “polite” or something similar on them with high visibility. I’m tempted to get one. As I’ve said before, been tempted to put something like blind rider on a vest but I doubt any driver would believe a blind person was riding a horse. Any advice or tips to encourage drivers to be more considerate?
Wen we got back to the yard, I untacked Miss Bella and my RI put her rug on. She handed me a head collar and asked if I could put it on her and I did. She then asked me to walk her to the field to turn her out. She lead a horse and I lead Bella and we walked to the field, her giving me vocal cues all the time. It was fab. 🙂
Thanks for reading again, Marie