We have a mixture of horses here at home, we have our competition reiners which are Quarter horses, then our 4x4s which are Criollo's and then a few Connies which we break and then sell hopefully. But I spend most of my time when not schooling, riding out around the local area which has the most amazing network of chemins over very differing terrain, once I get out the front gate I can dissapear for many hours and its fantastic you never know whats around the corner.
To the lady who said she was JUST a happy hacker, let me say that there is no such thing as a JUST, hacking out is as demanding on you and your horse as most competative dicsiplines as you have no control whaysoever on whats coming round the corner, you just have to ride it ! I know many International competitors who freely admit they dont have the nerve to hack out, yet will jump enormous fences and the like in comps. Dont think I am belittleing competative riders because I most definately am not, but at the same time dont put yourself down as just a happy hacker, its just you and your horse, no onsite first aid, no course designer and no fences to catch your runaways, your pretty cool really !
Just my view of course, but I'm right as allways, except on Fridays when I take the day off and give someone else a chance.