Does anyone else hack to shows?

M

mad mare1

Guest
I hack to shows, with a friend, and I found that if I say this to anyone, I get really funny looks, as though they are thinking that I am deliberately being cruel!! My mare is 20, and still sound and fit, it only takes 1hr and 15mins to get to the showground, at a walk, and I have found that Crystal is more relaxed and a lot calmer than if she arrived in a trailer. Added to this, she refuses to travel in a double trailer, and it is expensive to hire trailers, so I hack to shows. I did with my first pony, I was just wondering if anyone else does, or do you all have trailers and boxes???
 

stephanie bay

New Member
Jan 22, 2006
404
0
0
I don't now as I have a trailer, but when I was young and poor - If I couldn't hitch a lift and event was not to far then I would hack along to it.

I have hacked to xc in the past also - got a friend to follow in the car with all our bits and bobs.

as long as you horse is fit enough and you give yourself plenty time then why not.
 

Daffy Dilly

New Member
Dec 5, 2004
7,934
0
0
Visit site
I normally hack to shows. Will hack for up to 1hr30mins, but then it limits what I get to do at the actual show, as obviously have to hack home!

This year I'll only be hacking to the one up the road, will be trailering to the rest I hope, and then it's just a fun show with novelty classes and a gymkana :D
 
K

Kanuma

Guest
only ever hack to shows if they are within 20 mins ride from me. the rest i box to. we have a trailer at the moment but soon to be a box. Rian gets hacked everywhere now since the last trailer we put him in he went out the jockey door. he may be moveing to summer grazeing this year which will require at least 6 hours!
however i hate hacking to shows as you cant take all your stuff and you dont have anywhere to tie horsey, so i usualy get mum to follow in the car with all the stuff then find a friend on the field who i can tie up with!
 

Daffy Dilly

New Member
Dec 5, 2004
7,934
0
0
Visit site
I can't tie Daffy up anyway, have to either put him back in the trailer or keep him moving. He gets bored, and then he starts dragging me around. I always had Mum in the car with all my junk, except at one show last year, where I was only doing two riddens one after the other. Got ready on the yard, rode the 15 mins to the show, entered and did everything by myself, and still won both. Was gutted that they missed it, but nevermind. :rolleyes:

I think if I actually could tow myself/drive a box and had one I'd box a lot more. Unfortunately only recently got the towbar fitted, and before then my instructor wasn't always free to tow.

They used to hack to competitions before boxes/trailers anyway, so I don't see why we shouldn't now. It just means you have to have a fitter horse, which I don't suppose is a bad thing. :)
 

jowyles

New Member
Jul 8, 2005
2,076
0
0
34
Leics
spaces.msn.com
I hack because i have to, i hate doing it and means i cant do very well at shows but it does make dexter behave better at the showground but now its just too much effort to get him there!
 
K

Kanuma

Guest
cant tie pride up as he snaps the rope then goes walkies, but stan and harvey will stand tied to the back of the trailer all day.

except for one show the nearest shows are 45 mins in the trailer so far too far to hack.
i normaly take 2 to shows anyway so need somewhere to tie one to whilst getting the other ready
 

time2groom

horse lover
Apr 6, 2005
94
0
0
32
Berkshire, UK
My local showground is a twenty minute/walk trot hack from my yard. I don't have a trailer, so I drive over two hours before my class and pick up my number and class time-table. Then, I aim to leave the yard 40mns before I'm due in the ring. I warm up on the way over, then do 15 minutes in the collecting ring/practice jumps. I love it!
 
M

mad mare1

Guest
I have my hubby take the stuff in his trailer for his push bike, and he meets me at the showground, but Crystal enjoys hacking to shows, and it gives us both time to warm up, and relax. I know she is 20 years old, but she is fit, sound and extremely happy, so it just gives her the chance to stretch her legs before we get to the show, and she is so much calmer. I'm only doing 2 classes this year anyway, ridden veteran, and ridden arab, so I don't have to be on the showground before lunchtime!
 

Daffy Dilly

New Member
Dec 5, 2004
7,934
0
0
Visit site
mad mare1 said:
I'm only doing 2 classes this year anyway, ridden veteran, and ridden arab, so I don't have to be on the showground before lunchtime!

Alright for some! ;)

I don't like hacking if I'm planning on doing a T&T class, which is always the first class of the day anyway. It just means he's filthy before we get there, and sometimes sweaty as he gets really hot in summer. :rolleyes:

I know a horse that is definately county standard, but she will not go in a box or trailer, no matter what has been tried. So she's just hacked to the local shows and competed there. It must be really disappointing to not even have the option to try anything bigger :(
 

Horsesarelife

New Member
Oct 11, 2003
535
0
0
Cheshire
groups.msn.com
We always box to shows, either in our trailer or y/o's box if shes going to the same show with a space free. My mare is a really good traveler though, and will stad quitely on the box untill your ready for her :D
 
M

mad mare1

Guest
I can do bigger shows, Hubby doesn't mind paying to hire a trailer for that, so I can do those, but I just think that hiring a trailer for a short journey up the road is a total waste of money, so I don't do it!!!!
 

Ross

Active Member
Nov 5, 2005
1,291
0
36
Redditch, UK
www.naturaleye.co.uk
I used to hack to shows and RC rallies all the time - no choice really, as I didn't have transport available :) Rohan was very fit at the time anyway - I was out of work so he was doing 3 hour hacks regularly, so it just wasn't a problem...

Once I'd got my own transport, I didn't hack to things unless they were very close :)

Ross
 

atillathefun

New Member
Jan 7, 2005
1,145
0
0
41
Essex
Visit site
I read somewhere that travelling a horse is like a human trying to stand up travelling (not sure how true that is as they have 4 legs to balance on) but its still not really natural for them so I dont think you would find theres much difference in the work they do hacking or balancing! :)
 

sidesaddlelady1

New Member
Feb 25, 2005
1,068
0
0
mad mare1 said:
I hack to shows, with a friend, and I found that if I say this to anyone, I get really funny looks, as though they are thinking that I am deliberately being cruel!! My mare is 20, and still sound and fit, it only takes 1hr and 15mins to get to the showground, at a walk, and I have found that Crystal is more relaxed and a lot calmer than if she arrived in a trailer. Added to this, she refuses to travel in a double trailer, and it is expensive to hire trailers, so I hack to shows. I did with my first pony, I was just wondering if anyone else does, or do you all have trailers and boxes???
Lots of people round here hack to local shows. Apart from anything else you avoid all that queueing to park. No doubt someone will contradict me though.
 
K

Kanuma

Guest
nope no contradictions here, but we only have one local show, all the rest are 45mins to an hour minimum in the trailer so way out of the range of hacking. incidently ive never had to queue to park at a local show
 

Cochise

Moderator
Jun 3, 2002
7,833
64
48
39
Auckland, New Zealand
Aw the only place I could safely hack to is Windsor Pony Club, but they're closing down because of all the housing go up around there! The roads are becoming too busy now too. :( Plus the city is undergoing a huge suburban sprawl in recent years, so most of the venues around here are miles and miles away. The place where I compete mostly, is the South Island Equestrian Centre (like all my competition photos are there) is a 20 minute drive. I remember being stranded there one year, everyone was too busy to pick us up, there were no floats etc, in the pouring down torrential rain-the show had been postponed, so I locked my car up, saddled him up and began riding home! We were met about 6 kms down the road by my friend in their float who had come out to pick us up!
 
L

LouHarvey

Guest
I always trailer to shows, makes life so much easier. I'd hate not to have somewhere to dump horsie between classes. Plus where do you put all your stuff?
 

Daffy Dilly

New Member
Dec 5, 2004
7,934
0
0
Visit site
In the boot? :p

I'm having to cut down what I take this year, it's getting a bit excessive! Almost two completely different kits for ridden and inhand, plus brushes, water, food, rugs. :rolleyes:
 
Similar threads
Thread starter Title Forum Replies Date
N Does anyone else keep a work diary for their horses? Cafe 18
tikkitti Does anyone else make their own hoof oil? Hoof Care 16
Tiny rider Does anyone else use a deep straw bed system in their stables? Horse Care 13
sjp1 Does Anyone Else have an Unpredictable Horse?? Cafe 18
Dark Storm Does anyone else feel uncomfortable with demanding friends? Cafe 25
Ale Does anyone else like horse 'transformation' vids?? Cafe 8
Melrose Does anyone else like him? Cafe 13
Ale Does anyone else suffer low self esteem or confidence? Cafe 30
S Does anyone else get nervous about the dentist coming? Cafe 24
Dark Storm Does anyone else get this? Cafe 10
Dark Storm Does anyone else get attached to their car? Cafe 11
S Does anyone else... Cats, Dogs and other Animals 11
OwnedbyChanter Dog crates/cages does anyone else use one Cats, Dogs and other Animals 20
No_Angel Does anyone else do this? Cafe 12
S does anyone else sing Cafe 30
L Does anyone else read the Telegraph? Cafe 10
G Does anyone else have absolutley no self confidence? Cafe 23
juliecwuk Does anyone else just go out for a plod? Hacking 28
cider Does anyone else still have riding lessons? Older Riders 21
X Does anyone else's cat do this? Cats, Dogs and other Animals 27
H Does anyone else ever feel like this? General 9
BlueWicked does anyone else have this prob with hats? -how often do you replace? 2008 Archive of Posts 2
Pale Moon Does anyone else find this horrifying???? General 169
angelfben Does anyone else feed... Metabolic 8
C Does Anyone Else Have A Horse As Puddled As Mine? General 9
M Does anyone else have this problem-hard work again. General 10
H Does anyone else... First Timers 9
MaisieMoo Does anyone else find this odd/worrying? General 22
poniesrule does anyone else's mares do this? Horse Care 3
Roxy Sew Does anyone one else.... General 9
Snow_Pony Stopping in an emergency - does anyone else do this? General 5
Hellsbells Does anyone else have a 'Grumpy Gelding'? General 19
MaisieMoo Does anyone else stable their horse at a riding school General 26
S does anyone else....... General 29
clarabella_78 Does anyone else find that... General 6
lor Does anyone else use................. Tack & Saddlery 5
L Does anyone else have a grumpy horse? General 15
angelfben Does anyone else have a horse with a very flat back? General 9
X Does anyone else's horse have.... General 2
loopyh Does anyone else Older Riders 4
MadMumInKent Does anyone else have a YO like this? Older Riders 26
horse_converted Does anyone else get saw knees after riding? General 14
MadMumInKent Does anyone else's horse get a touch of Dehli Belly? Older Riders 8
A Joining the school Polo team..does anyone else play on here? Other Disciplines 7
¿M€®¥ñ™ Does anyone else have a tooth of their horse? General 11
N Does anyone else find that anger almost HELPS them ride? Training of the Horse and Rider 26
April_showers does anyone else feel meen ??? General 4
Mary Poppins Does anyone else get a sore back after riding? General 31
J Does anyone else... General 3
B Does anyone else every have their toes go numb? Training of the Horse and Rider 17

Similar threads

newrider.com