QOS- Can completely understand that! I am definitely a moor "timid" type of rider. In a way Drifter has helped me a lot with that because he forces me to get "big and bad" sometimes.
I originally meant for Drifter to be a sort of project! Didnt think I wanted him at all. He was a lot bigger than I intended (I am 5'2. and he is 16.2) and I was originally wanting my horse to be something along the lines of 15Hh or so..easier to get on in the middle of a trail!! lol. He was in pretty rough shape. Weighed about ~850 lbs the first time I took him to Mississippi State to get a work over. He was pretty meek and mild the first few months --turns out that when he got some weight on, the meek and mild attitude went bye bye. The more I worked with him, the more i loved him. He has turned out to be fantastic! As long as I stay consistent in my 'rules' we no longer have problems.
He is a great trail horse! Has to be one of my favorite things about him. The horse I have leased in the past weren't great on trails. Drifter is a "point me where you wanna go, and I'll get us there safely" kind of guy. Very rational on the trail, and doesn't flip his bucket which I like. For example, the other day a group of us were riding around on some trails near our barn. There is a pretty big ditch we usually have to go through and the rain had turned the usually dry dirt into pretty thick mud. And the water was draining into the ditch as well, so the horses were spooking and sliding and getting caught in the little mini creek at the bottom because most of them were rushing to follow the lead horse. Drifter and I were hanging out in the back of the pack and he sort of sized up the situation and walked on down the trail and crossed in another area that was SO much easier. I was so proud of him! If I say "no we're not trying that" he usually stops and listens, but I've learned to trust his judgement sometimes lol.
Once over the summer a deer ran out in front of us and all the horses jumped off the trail to the side and he was looking at everybody behind us like "whaat?? what'd I miss?? All I saw was the deer!" haha.
The few times I have come off though usually happen in a flat area with no logs or anything (go figure, right?!) and I usually give everyone a giggle as I try to use whatever piece of terrain I can find to help me out when it comes to getting back on! I am wondering if it would be possible to train him how to bend down a little to help! that would be neat lol