Originally Posted by Azaria
Hmmm, a broken arm (or worse) from being caught in the reins as you fall is a lot worse than a horse running off a ways in the forest.
Thats all well and good if you ride in the forrests however some of us don't have that luxury and have to ride on the roads. You let go on the roads and you are risking not only a dead horse if they get his by a car, but you are also risking the life of the drivers and passengers of any car that is on the road. A horse going through the windscreen will kill who ever is in the front seats! I'd rather take the broken arm and the horse having a sore mouth!
I also very rarely ride in a group. I have my own yard and I'm very lucky if I can pursuade my brother or sister to come for a ride with me. So I go on my own, if I let go the horse will head for home if it possibly can and that means crossing roads that are fast and busy!
That is why I keep hold on rides.
In the school I let go!