Originally Posted by Golden Horse
When I was taking out rides in the UK we would let the walkers and trotters go on ahead, and then we cantered to catch up. Figured the walkers and trotters were less experienced, so it was less hassle doing it that way around.
I can remember doing that too - fairly common practice I think back then. At one place I worked at they were only allowed to canter in a field with the gate safely shut and I had to wait at the bottom while they all cantered (mad gallop) off to the top then get off and retrieve all the loose horses that people had fallen off and get them all remounted again. Such fun!!!
When my husband was young he used to go to a trekking centre in Wales where most of the ponies weren't even really broke - they just followed the one in front.