A small group of BHS members met in the New Forest on Tuesday 20 May to enjoy a guided hack for Access Week.
Setting out from Beaulieu Heath Forestry Commission car park, the riders headed off round Hawkhill Inclosure, then took in some of Beaulieu Heath, too.
The ride was designed to be a steady hack rather than a team chase scenario, and with just four horses and ponies (last minute lameness and lost shoes put paid to another pair attending) it was easy to keep everyone together.
The first canter did get rather more exciting than planned, thanks in no small part to the BHS Development Officer's own horse taking offence at being overtaken - he was clearly taking his duties as tour guide very seriously!
However, a subsequent canter restored order and ensured everyone finished up pleased with their horses, particularly one lady whose horse hadn't been out in company for a long time.
The group finished up with tea and cakes back at the car park.
BHS Hampshire's Safety Officer, Diana Fry, who also accompanied the ride, is keen to hold more social hacks in future, so do get in touch if you would like to take part next time.