Originally Posted by Vidaloco
Great article, but I take exception to the slowest horse setting the pace. We have a woman in our saddle club who insists on bringing her grand daughter and wants to "train" a pony and her grandchild while on our rides.
Speaking of etiquette! Riding at the pace of the slowest rider is proper but bringing along a child on a pony and expecting the whole group to wait is not.
A few of the large rides I've been on over the years had three rides at the start of each day. The first was for gaited horses, the second was for regular/experienced riders, and the third was for beginners or riders who could not handle (or just didn't want a long ride) the 6 or 7 hours we typically rode each day. You picked the group you wanted to ride with that day but if you picked the gaited group and you had a QH, you better be prepared to do a lot
of trotting to keep pace - and they usually got back to base a good hour or so before the regular group!