This Sunday is my first 'real' trail ride, and my first on Zena, although she's been on one with her previous owners, which I don't think counts because they are absolute idiots in the saddle, and it wouldn't surprise me one stinkin' bit if they were intoxicated while riding.
Anyways, I have a few questions. I'm an eventer, so please excuse my dumb questions. Trails aren't my thing.
I'm riding with the rest of the family, and my Dad has been on the trail before.
So, my father said that there were a few steep hills to go up. Apparently, (Maybe he was exaggerating, never know...) one of the hills was so hard to go up, his horse actually had to lift up from a canter to a gallop to get up it. This wouldn't be a big deal, except for Zena is a greenie, and I've never galloped on her.
1. If she were to start galloping up the hill, should I let her continue?
In the event that she starts galloping, and doesn't stop (This wouldn't surprise me. Her prev. Owners said that their method a breaking her was litterally, getting on, and galloping off. They would race her in backyard races and everything.) would a one-rein stop just be way to dangerous?
I feel like that is an accident waiting to happen, since she could fall. She also likes to be in the very front on group hacks, which is the most annoying thing, I swear. But she gets over it, and has no choice.
2. What do you take with you on trails?
I'll be in an english saddle, but the rest of my family rides western so they'll have saddle bags for supplies.
3. How often do you take breaks on a trail?
The whole ride is under three hours.
4. Any tips, warnings, etc.?
I'm not too worried, but just in case, I want to be prepared for everything. Thanks, everyone.