I joined simply to thank Cheri for such great information.
Last evening I went for a ride on my green horse and armed with the info Cheri had posted, had a successful ride.
I had to zig zag down the road for a mile at the beginning or so to keep Chet listening to me, otherwise he was goofy, wanted to go home, see his buddy, was sure the where monsters in tall grass along the road, it was windy etc.
He wanted to spook and bolt but never did find anything to do so at as I wasnt looking. I had to mind over matter myself to not go scanning ahead looking for potential problems. After all you know we where just out for a great uneventful ride ;)
The ride ended up being 7 miles to work the goofyness out get him so he was tuned into just me and end on a positive note.
THe last time I had ridden Chet he was scared of this and that and had no confidence unless I was with him on the ground. He was a basket case. Sitting on him he was a wreck, standing next to him he was fine. This ride was totally differant, he was trusting with me on his back guiding him. There where a couple of things that caused him to tremble but he just kept the same pace doing whatever was I asked. That wouldnt have happened on the ride before, he would have bolted.
So thanks Cheri for taking the time to post "how to train a fearless trail horse." It was just the info I needed to ride enjoyably and advance both myself and Chet plus teach my dd's. I am now looking forward to many great rides on Chet :)