Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: North Dakota, USA
Even though I do agree with Cherie, I have a word of caution. Mainly for others that might read this thread. It seems as though you, Boots4ACowgirl, do have enough confidence to tackle this yourself and go out by yourself. If you don't and are nervous, your horse will know it. You can be setting yourself up for a disaster.
Most horses don't like going out alone. It's because with herd animals, there is safety in numbers. We just have to show them it's okay to be alone. As long as you have confidence, your horse will sense it and be more secure about it. It won't be easy at first but it does get better. You can also stop your horse when you're leading and let the others pass.
I also want to comment on the leading/following issue. Some horses prefer to be out front, in the middle or in the back. When you ride with others, rotate who is in front, middle and back. Works best with two or more other people. The one in back passes the other two to be in front. The new one in back passes both to be in front and repeat. Each time someone changes, take longer turns in staying in the that position.
Here's a tidbit, when you are in front or back, notice the horses ears. The one in front will have its ears forward and the one in back will have them back the majority of the time. I hadn't noticed this until someone pointed it out to me.
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