When we leave the barn and I am in the lead. I ride with a loose rein and I have to work to keep him going. When I am not in the lead, he wants to have his nose in the butt of the horse in front and I have to use a tight rein to keep him back (nearly the whole ride). When we are returning back to the barn. I can keep him in his gait by holding firmly and constantly reminding him to take it easy. Otherwise, if I give any slack at all, he just wants to go faster and get home to eat and visit with friends.
Is this typical?
Everyone that I ride with has a different opinion and I find it difficult to know if I'm doing something wrong or not.