It might just be me but my horse seems to be getting worse at trail riding instead of better. The first time I took him out last September/October he did quite well; we were in a large-ish group and only walked and trotted, he only spooked once when a deer practically jumped on top of him so it was completely understandable.
This last time we went out a few weeks back he was a nightmare, he bucked, he reared and was downright dangerous. I managed to stay on and handled the situation quite well, got him back under control and calmed down and we made it back home in one piece. It just feels to me like his behaviour on trail is deteriorating the more he goes out.
Looking back on the last ride I feel like saddle slippage might have been the issue that caused the 5 or so bucking fits he had so I invested in a breast collar and will be taking him out this weekend (barring bad weather) to test my theory.
I have the trainer scheduled to come but he isn't available until June. I'm not sure where to go from here, do I keep taking him out on easy rides with sensible calm horses? Or do I bench him and ride in the arena until the trainer comes out to help me?
If his behaviour gets much worse we could both end up seriously hurt, it's a miracle we weren't hurt when he reared, he went straight up on a hill side and was maybe less than an inch from toppling over backwards :/
Luckily I have a few friends who are sympathetic and understand he's still earned and are willing to ride their sane horses with me.