Thank you for all of the replies!
However, the scenario that the OP described is definitely one I'd be walking through and it sounds like to me that she was walking.
We were definitely walking. The woods were so thick and the ground was not flat. I can't imagine doing anything faster than a walk.
I did push off a few trees with my hand because I was realizing he wasn't responding to my leg in enough time.
I'm so used to direct reining that I'm finding the neck reining a bit more challenging than I thought.
I do not want to be one of those people that blame the horse...but...lol....I did ask to take this horse on the trail because he's so laid back and I'd never been on this particular trail before. However with his laid-backness he's also not very responsive. He's a horse that kids ride a lot so I don't think he responds to a leg as quickly as another horse would.
I can really see how much I'm going to benefit when I finally get my own horse who knows me and my cues. It's kind of hard riding different horses all the time and those horses have different riders all the time.
But anyway, I'm definitely going to do harder leg and get it more behind the girth. My instinct was, tree coming on left, use left leg, but lay the neck rein on his left
side in an attempt to move right, but it wasn't working that well. His front
half moved to the right, but his back
side was still hitting the tree on the left. I'm going to ask my trainer about this particular horse what's the best way.
At the hunter barn where I rode there were a few horses that moved beautifully off leg pressure. No hands involved. So it's easy to get spoiled off the more push button horses. But being on the trail, I preferred the slow and easy guy this time.
Painted Horse, I'm getting claustrophobia just looking at those pictures! It's beautiful, fascinating and yet scary at the same time! While the trees were close, they were not that
close! I imagine that for the horses to go through that, you'd need a horse that loads well and not one that freaks out over tight spaces, lol. Wow.
I actually thought of wearing small knee pads but I don't want to look like I'm going into battle between my helmet and the knee pads. I want to learn how to do it right.
It always baffles me that folks that 'just' trail ride don't understand the importance of simple moves
Absolutely 100% agree. This is why I'm taking lessons. I want to know all of this stuff. My trainer told me that trail riders are usually the last group to take lessons. Or they take a few and then buy a horse. No wonder there are so many accidents on the trail. It's amazing there aren't more. I want to know all the moves before I get my own horse. The problem with other trail riders is they don't have training and their "cues" are yelling at the horse, flailing their arms around and freaking out. Then the other horses freak out and it's a mess.
I guess the year of English lessons had a bigger affect on me because I like the idea of using the least amount of physical and verbal cues possible. I like riding with quiet hands and using mostly leg pressure. I don't want to yell at the horse. This particular ride was definitely not a relaxing ride. However, I did learn a lot. It was almost like 10 lessons in one. I can see what I need to work on.