Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Sweden - the land of carrots and apples
Happy first trail ride! :P Sounds like a lovely time.
If he starts getting behind and you don't want a fight, just make him trot there on your command before he decides to do it on his own ;)
Then it can be a good idea to train him to go well alone and get behind the group a bit. You could for example slowly let the distance between you and the group grow before you give the trot cue (so first week it's 5 metres, second eweek it's 7 metres etc) and eventually you'll have quite a bit between you without him worrying since he know he'll catch up :P
Always keep your head up, but be careful to keep your nose at a friendly level.