My horses have had much of the winter off, and for the first time ever, I have access to some great trails, including a mile long, super hilly gravel trail. I think starting them back by hacking out along these trails would be amazing for their fitness and minds…but…I’m kind of a chicken!
I worry a little about them being really herd bound when having to hack out alone (my only option, no one to ride with) and one of my horses has never really been outside the ring, other than cool down hacks in the field next to the arena (although in all honesty, has one of the best brains ever and is super laid back about most things). My other horse has been trail ridden quite a lot, but can be quite spooky.
I really want to get out of my comfort zone and make this a routine, so would love any advice or tips to make these first few rides a success!