First hack after a month off, what could go wrong?

I’m sure most of you will know by now that me and Scottie have done very little over the past month due to our lack of saddle and a few other complications along the way. However, as of yesterday, we have a saddle and we jumped back into work this afternoon with a hack out with Millie and Eva.

Now, I’m sure many people will be thinking; “you have a thoroughbred, who hasn’t been in work for a month and you’re just going to jump on and go for a hack… Are you mental?” When I put it that way, I think I am. However Scottie isn’t your ‘typical’ TB. Or even horse for that matter!

first hack

Don’t get me wrong, he has his moments and I was expecting a bit of an eventful hack. His normal reaction to not being out in a while is to be a bit bouncy when we hit grass and have a bit of a jig jog. However, today he really surprised me with his behaviour. He was Very chilled out, even for him. He was good as gold the whole way round and only had a very short jig jog when we got to a stretch we usually canter along, and even then it was half-hearted.

I have a few theories for this behaviour, the first being he is soooo fat that it is too much effort to haul his huge belly around. The others are; that he has tired himself out playing in the field or that he was simply happy to be  out. Either way, I am very proud of how good he was and looking forward to getting back to work.

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