Oh I am so with you livestoride, I have the same problem with 2 sets of friends, one or the other of which is always after me to ride with them. And they walk, and they dawdle, and they stop, etc. etc. Plus they are all fairly new riders and if I pick it up even to a trot or any faster gait, someone gets upset. Maybe this thread will do me some good too, I've been trying to get out of riding with them even though I love them dearly.