I've been lurking and reading threads and have seen a LOT of posts and comments of people firmly saying to NEVER EVER run a horse "home" when out on hacks. I want to break this down and really understand the meaning and reasoning in this. Of course I've heard this lots and it was the golden rule in my childhood years on lesson horses. It's also a "rule" that I stopped obeying many years ago. I "run"my horses home. Sometimes. Not always. It all depends on the overall speed and tone of the ride. My horses are boarded , but the stable is a 15 minute ride from an entire,MASSIVE mountain trail system. Some days I go for a 20 minute hack on the shoulder of the road, some days it's 5 hours of bush and mountain bike tracks. Either way... if I'm out on a faster paced ride I'm not walking the entire way back the second I turn around. That's not feasible on long mountain rides. And if I go out to do a long loose trot on the road shoulder I'll do it part of the way back too ( walk long enough to cool out by the time we are back at stable). I do this with green horses, super broke horses, hot horses, lazy horses, pretty much all horses.... and have for years. I've NEVER had one bolt home or badly behaved on the way back in. I view it the same as any arena ride. I set the pace, period. I don't care if we are heading out or in, I set the pace always. Any breaking gait or rushing home will be schooled right then and there, although by the time I'm riding my horses out into the mountains they may be green but are pretty understanding of "I set the pace". They all go in a French link snaffle too... none of this "I bit my horse up for hacks" junk. I just don't see the issue. It's like saying you can only trot or canter AWAY from the end of the arena that has a gate and half to walk all the way back.... that would be ridiculous. You school your horses to listen to the rider and keep the rythm and pace the rider sets, no matter the temptation or distraction. And I've noticed this to be a trend more with people who are arena riders that consider a 20 minute stroll down the road a "trail ride". The people who consider normal a 3 hour mountain ride on rough terrain where they go from galloping logging roads to scaling streams and shimmying down steep slippery banks, go whatever speed they want, whatever direction they want, in perfect control and pace.... right until the coolout before the stable (or truck and trailer). Done properly and safely I don't see the issue. Opinions ?