Well look at your options, find new riding friends, you mentioned trailer, it may be easier than you think.
Fix these two.
Try to maintain the high ground but don't get walked on. Remember this is your time too to enjoy. The first comment you get, just say "thanks but I just wanna enjoy the day, I'm not really interested in any lessons or advice today."
That would be the single nice request he would get out of me. After that I would get straight to the point with a mind your own business, or a be quiet.
Another nice route that I probably use 99% of the time in these situations is to just be a smart a#$ back to them. Say incredibly stupid things.
SOme of my favorites,,,,,
Do you ride English or Western ?>>> Western, but then I have to turn around and head eastern to get back to the house.
What kinda horse he ?>>>>>>>>> I dunno, "Quarter horse ?">>>>>>>>> Nope, he's full horse.
In reply to any type of horse jargon comments many of which I really don't know so the aacting dumd isnt an act, comments about I should,,,, deep in seat, leads, posting, poles, yielding various quarters, I give em a "Well I learned to ride watching Bugs Bunny and Yosemite Sam, so I only know YAH MULE and WHOOOO Mule, and hang on as appropriate.
Last edited by Joe4d; 12-11-2011 at 08:13 AM.