I didnt read all of the posts' so sorry if I repeat. That's just crazy! Have you been at this barn for two years? If so, ask to ride the horse you are most comfortable with and try to stay behind anyway... your the one riding the horse not the BO.. im sorry if that sounds snobby... If you get too nervous just get off and walk the horse and don't worry about what your friends will say. Also, is it possible you could go out with only one other person untill your comfortable?
My mare LOVES to run, and when she's hyped up, boyyyy is she hyped up! Sometimes im stuck riding bareback; I only have one saddle & most of the time the person on my other mare is less experianced so they get the saddle. If the group wants to run and jerseys hyped up, and im bareback you better believe she'll stay behind! That is NOT to much to ask. Before we were to this point I either told them not to run, or stayed behind and she had a hissy fit, eventually I started asking them to run off so I could work with her. Now she just walks alittle faster than normal. Don't be afraid (not saying that you are) to ask them not to run, or too get off the horse to stay behind; that would be good practice for the horse also, without you being in danger. If they are your friends they will understand.
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