When I take my horse on a trail ride by himself he's alright (spooky and hesitant, but we're working on it) he's much calmer when he's in a group but he get's pretty naughty!
I went on a trail walk with two other boarders yesterday who own tiny little mares (one arabian one QH) I let my horse have a lot of reins so he would stay relaxed and he get's very upset if I'm in a group and I take too much reins. He walked very calmly and relaxed for the first 20 minutes, the terrain was interesting, the fields were really muddy the grass was swamped and there were areas of snow, the forest was a thick layer of snowy/slushy ice, the roads back were deep mud, and the back fields were deeper snow, but all of our horses handled it well. We had to cross a small stream at one point with little beds of ice on each side and my horse was the only one who didn't jump it. It was when we were headed back he started acting up.
The other mares were very quick, and even though my horse was walking very forward they were still very far ahead of him. My horse started to get jiggy a little but I made him walk. When we got back to the stream the other two horses jumped it first and I wanted to go first cause I felt my horse getting excited but they insisted on going first, so they were on the other side while I, bareback, was still needing to cross and my horse was pulling his head down hard and prancing. I dismounted and led him over it because I KNEW he was going to pull his head down and jump it, and I was bareback. I mounted up on a nearby cross country fence. The whole walk back he was trying to speed up and jerking his head down which was taking me down with him! He even did it going down a steep hill! He always does this when we're in a group and no materr how fast we walk we always end up in the back and the group will wait for me but we always end up behind again which is O.K but if we get too far behind my horse starts jerking and prancing. I did MAKE him walk back to the barn calmly but he was jerking!
What can I do to make him behave better when in group trail rides?