Everyone loves hacking, but it’s not just fun and games! Check out the ways hacking can benefit you
Hacking out is a great way to have some fun with your friends and your pony, but just because you’re not in the school doesn’t mean you can’t improve your riding and his way of going at the same time. There’s loads you can do on hacks to get the most out of your time in the saddle.
Why hacking’s good for you
Riding in the countryside gives you much more freedom and space than in the arena, so why not make the most of it? While you’re hacking, you can work on improving your…
- accuracy Using natural markers for making transitions is great practice. Pick out trees or logs on your route and decide what transition you’re going to make at each one – for example, alternate between walk to trot and trot to walk transitions at every other tree you pass, and make sure you stick to it. This is great for getting your pony listening to you, as the length of time he’s walking or trotting between each marker will vary.
- balance Hacking often involves riding over uneven ground and you’ll have to ride up and down hills, too, which is great for perfecting your balance. Learning how to stay relaxed and balanced in the saddle so you can move with your pony are great skills to have, and will help you in all aspects of your riding.
- position Hacking is a great time to work on improving your position. It’s easy to let it slip because you’re more relaxed, but try your hardest to keep all elements of your position correct. After all, the more time you spend riding with the perfect position, the easier it’ll become.
Find out more about how hacking can benefit you and your pony in May PONY magazine, on sale now!