Originally Posted by toosexy4myspotz
Following another horse can also make it hard because a horse then learns to "rely" on another horse for confidence and not its rider. Im going threw this right now with a mare that has plenty of miles out on the trails but she always ended up in the back and now she soley relies on a horse infront of her to get her threw anything. It may take five or six tries to get them to cross a creek without another horse leading but they need to do so.
I'm a long, long way from being an expert, but I honestly think that if I had waited for my horse to follow the more experienced horse across that little stream back last June or so... Well, I'd be there waiting still. And it wasn't just inexperienced me doing the riding, but my been riding all her life, used to teach professionally friend. But I got off, walked her back & forth a dozen times, got back on, and she went right over, and now just nonchalantly jumps similar streams when I tell her.
I also think (though I could be wrong) that spending most of a year walking & trotting her on a lead rope (for rehab from an injury) went a long way towards giving us confidence in each other. Also note that I'm not talking about "spooks", because so far she hasn't spooked at anything - from empty bags to trains to military transports flying overhead at treetop level. It's more of a puzzled "What the heck is this? Show me that it's ok" attitude. And honestly, why would I NOT want her to do this? There are a LOT of things I know I'm not up to handling yet, and I'd much rather she stop so that we can calmly look at them together, than try to cling to her back while she goes ahead and blindly follows that more experienced horse & rider, regardless of my terrified screams