Originally Posted by mildot
I now realize most of you assume trail riding is done only at a walk.
Sticking your feet or hands out at a trot or canter is a sure fire way to end up with broken or dislocated limbs.
I love to trot and canter out on the trail! But only in safe areas. If I am having to doge trees I don't feel it's a safe area to trot/canter/gallop.
I did swerve to miss a tree once while cantering up a hill. When I ducked the saddle rolled over and I was doing some kind of monkey circus trick riding on the horse's side. Three lessons came out of that incident.
1. Only go fast areas relatively free of obstacles
2. Always check your cinch periodically during a ride and
3. A breast collar can save your saddle from rolling under the horse. Thank God my horse had a breast collar on or I might have been under the horse's belly instead of on his side.