For those that may not know. I have a new seven year old TWH. I have had him for a little over a month now. A little back ground info. He was showed from the age of 3-5 years old. Then he was used as a stud until I bought him in Nov. And had him cut. He hasn't had any real trail experience until now.
My problem is when I pass anyone on the trail that is headed the other way he wants to turn around and go with them. He does a little bit of a crow hop and spins around. What I have been doing with him when he does that is just calmly turn him right back around and click to him. Then he will go on, but so far I have had other riders in my group so they are following him so he goes on the way I point him. When he goes the right way I reward him by rubbing him and telling him what a good boy he is. Then he settles right down and goes right back into the gait.
My concern is what is going to happen when I am by myself and we pass several horses going the other way. What should I do? I notice that each time I pass a group it has been easier about getting him to go back the right way (with my friends right behind me). The first few times that this happen we would have to do several circles and I would have to spir him to get him to do what I wanted. He has improved that it usually takes one circle and a click.
Is this something that is common for a young green horse to want to follow a group that he passes? Should I just continue riding the way I am and not worry about something that may not happen or should I have a plan in case it does happen? Has anyone experience something similar to this?
What would you do if your horse wants to follow other horses going the wrong way and you are by yourself? I think I need a plan just in case.
Thank you in advance for the info.