The Pro Hacker course consists of a progressive series of hacks, ideal for avid holiday hackers preparing for a trekking holiday, or confidence building whilst out and about.
We will teach you about road safety, equipment, and the Countryside Code while you enjoy the wonderful Herefordshire and Gloucestershire scenery.
Participants will need to be capable riding at walk, trot and preferably canter. We will take you over May Hill, across a busy road, by a motorway, through country lanes and woods, around lakes and open fields.
The expectation of progress is based on 7 days for relatively fit and healthy individuals. Our aim is for the rider to be confident a variety of scenarios whilst out hacking. You will experience country lanes, crossing main roads, riding underneath a motorway, open fields, lakes, steep ascents and descents, overgrown and unmaintained terrain, interaction with wildlife (mainly wild horses and semi-wild cows), and extraordinarily spectacular views.
Progress is specific to each individual, and confidence is as, if not more, important than capability. Although we have had many individuals who have achieved all of the above, that does not mean that you have to. We are always ready to alter the course programme to suit the rider to ensure that you achieve as much as your body will allow.
You will need to be proficient in walk, trot and canter without assistance for this course.
We do offer this course to those who have not yet learnt to canter, although you will need to contact us prior to booking so that we can make the necessary arrangements.
The minimum age requirement is 17 years, there is no maximum age limit.
The weight limit is 16 stone.
We do consider exceptions to the above requirements. Please contact us to discuss the options.
Boots with a small, flat heel.
Comfortable "old" clothing.
Weather relative clothing.
High Visibility Jacket / Tabbard
One Day Programme
Pro Hacker courses run in half day sessions, please choose either morning or afternoon for your course.
This programme is subject to variations and purely to give you an idea of what to expect. We may make changes depending on weather conditions, rider progress, the length of your course, and/or unexpected circumstances.
There is a break during the day which is not stated in the programme as the times of these will vary and depend entirely on the riders on the course.
We are located 4.5 miles from Ross on Wye, and 5.5 miles from Newhunt Horses tack shop. If you are unable to acquire any of the following equipment, it will certainly be possible to do so while you are here. If you are not bringing your own transport, there is a reliable bus service to Ross on Wye from the bus stop opposite the yard, and we would be more than happy to take you to Newhunt Horses.