I want to ride my 6 yo gelding solo on trails. Up until this point I have always ridden on trails with at least one more horse. The last few times I have tried to ride him solo on short and easy trails at the campground. He obeys, but I can tell he is highly anxious.
At the barn he works solo very well indoors and outdoors in the arena with no fuss. In the pasture, he usually settles down in a few minutes.
I find I can't ride as much when I try to rely on others. Or, they do one ride in the morning and have no interest in a second ride later in the day. I feel like I drag my horse camping so it can hang out in the stall.
What advice can you give me for off barn riding solo so he is not as anxious?