Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: southern Arizona
My mare is the spookiest of my three horses, but she is also the leader. If the others wanted to move off without her, she'd do fine - although you might have trouble getting them to go very far without her. OTOH, if SHE moves out, the riders of the geldings had better be ready to move out too.
It is a training issue. My youngest daughter wants to start training Trooper to go solo, just as I am training Mia to go out solo. If and when she does, we'll work on having Mia & Trooper split up and rejoin in a calm & rational manner while out.
But I would not assume a horse would do that. I recently heard an actor talking about his time acting in westerns during the 60s. He said one of the bit actors was killed when the scene called for them to mount up and gallop off in a posse. The guy had one of the horses in the rear, and didn't get mounted up before the rest galloped off. His horse took off while he was still mounting and he had one foot hung up in the stirrup...
"Make the right thing easy and the wrong thing...well, ignore it mostly."