Here's a couple of things that have worked for me when putting the solo miles on: I will spend time going back and forth over a short section of trail numerous times (and I mean numerous) just walking along quietly. The purpose is really a type of desensitization process; once they're calm doing that then I add a little more distance in the loop and so on. I realize it's not very exciting for you but it helps the horse build up confidence and expand its comfort zone by going over familiar territory. In short order, the loops disappear and you are on a proper trail ride. The other thing I do is I will sing to a horse if it looks like it is starting to get tense. Pick a song that has a slower, relaxing tempo. The purpose is to give a little reassurance that they are not truly alone, to subtly bring focus back on you, and to keep you from tensing up (which is transmitted to the horse). Keep putting those miles on and you'll succeed.
Last edited by Chevaux; 08-19-2013 at 12:47 AM.