Q: Why should I do #HQHack1000?
Asked by an imaginary friend for the purposes of advocating hacking…
A: #HQHack1000 is a country-wide equestrian challenge. The goal is to hack 1,000km in your chosen horse-rider combination. This can be done over any time period. All you need to do is to track your own distance and keep us updated on HQ’s Facebook page, where we hope to see your pictures and hear about your adventures.
Many of us know that hacking is beneficial, yet commonly we get absorbed in the schooling and preparation for competition and neglect this important part of training. Top riders, including Carl Hester and Charlotte Dujardin, have explained their use of hacking within their training programmes for even their very top horses. Carl describes hacking in the hills around his property at least two days a week. Even when schooling, he tends to warm up or cool down with a walk in the surrounding area. He is not alone, with many top showjumpers detailing the desensitising effect of hacking, and the benefits to a hot horse of switching off from ‘arena time’.
As a reminder, here are just a few of the many benefits of hacking:
To start the #HQHack1000 challenge, please fill in the form on our website to sign up your horse-rider combination. From there you will be sent the tracking sheet, which you can fill in to monitor your progress in the challenge.