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        11-19-2012, 01:10 PM
      #11
    Green Broke
    I am still working on this with my horse. Yesterday I got her to not bolt after the others but she was definitely doing a jig and throwing a hissy fit. I will not tolerate her running after the others if I don't want her to.

    But I also have to work on getting her to not bolt away from the group as well....sigh
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        11-19-2012, 01:32 PM
      #12
    Weanling
    Well that's a relief to know that I'm expecting too much of my hypothetical horse, lol. I don't know why they feel this is something that is too much. But like I said, I've found people on forums like this to be much more knowledgeable about horses overall. Where in real life, it seems like people know what occurs in their barn or with their group of friends. I guess nobody has seen a horse just mosey along while others take off so they think it's not possible, or at least, very rare.
         
        11-19-2012, 01:37 PM
      #13
    Yearling
    I wouldn't (amateur that I am) say that it's too much to ask, I'd say it's necessary training. Suppose someday you HAVE to leave the others? I try for a little riding away on every ride, though not yet cantering. Either we trot ahead (because the other riders are moseying along having a good girl gossip), or I stay behind for a bit.
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        11-19-2012, 02:07 PM
      #14
    Trained
    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.
         
        11-19-2012, 05:14 PM
      #15
    Super Moderator
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    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.
         
        11-19-2012, 07:33 PM
      #16
    Green Broke
    Your horse should be fine if she is well trained. The reality of the situation is that she might be rude and obnoxious if the others gallop off. It might be easier just to gallop along rather than fight a jiggy monster.
         
        11-20-2012, 01:07 AM
      #17
    Weanling
    Lol the jiggy monster. I don't know what is scarier, fighting the monster or cantering on the trail!

    I won't be able to do it since everyone including the barn owner said it's asking too much of the horse. I don't own a horse yet so I'll respect her wishes. I'm entering my 3rd year of lessons. I have two years of lessons now. I'm hoping in another year to have my own horse and then I can have the freedom to do as I please. It's a shame because I'd love to go trail riding with this group as I'm friends with many of the riders.
         
        11-20-2012, 01:46 AM
      #18
    Trained
    If my horse freaked out like that, we would be having a serious come to jesus talk.
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        11-20-2012, 08:22 AM
      #19
    Green Broke
    Time to start looking for your own horse.
         
        11-20-2012, 08:38 AM
      #20
    Green Broke
    Hmm a lesson barn that doesn't believe in having obedient horses? I have issues with my horse with this but she is still green broke and insanely stubborn and I can handle her outbursts. But a lesson horse should know better.
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