Sorry to hijack this thread, but I had a question on my own.
I just adopted a QH that has done extensive trail riding. But she has not trail ridden in about a year. She has sort of just sat. I have been working with her in the ring to get her conditioning back. And I thought as a treat we would unwind and go on the trail.
She was very good going out. No spooking. Just a nice forward marching walk, ears forward etc. When I turned to head back, she started jigging and wanting to take off. After spinning around a bit, I decided I was safer on the ground. So I got off. (she stood nice and still but tense) As I walked her back, the minute she started jigging or getting pushy, I ask her to whoa, and make her stand, until she quieted. Then I would ask her to walk on. If she couldn't walk on quietly, we would repeat the whoa and stand. She settled down eventually, but was still very tense and ready to 'go'.
My question is, should I work her in hand on the trail until she gets back in the swing of things. Or should I ride. I do not like the idea of dis-mounting on trail with a horse that is misbehaving. Too much can go wrong. But I am new to riding Western and trail riding. I haven't done much riding in over a year and I don't feel that my seat is too secure right now. What do you suggest?