Alright, so in a post I made yesterday ("Ah, Horses WILL be Horses") I think I explained my question badly. I'm thinking I added a bunch of additional information. Sooo, lets revamp this question, shall we?
So, I went on a trail ride this weekend. We have been on trail rides before, 9 out of 10 times being calm, and we haven't been on one in a month or so, plus, we were in a new place this weekend.
Some Backround: My horse prefers the front. When he gets behind, he panics and feels like he is getting left behind. What he will do is just speed walk to the front, annoying, but nothing serious. When I try to stop him (this is just on the trail when he panics) he shakes his head and pulls, and feels like I am going to make him be left.
Towards the end of the trail, when the opening of the woods was in sight, some of the horses began to get excited and we riders let them out some into a trot. I pulled my boy to the side, and attempted to let others pass. (the horses were being woosies and wouldn't go through the water) Well, my horse began to feel left behind and swerved in front of the other horse. When I tried to stop him, he pranced in place and braced against the bit. Not wanting to back into other horses, I let him walk under the branch (wow that branch was lower than we thought, I had to do the limbo in the saddle!)
As far as water phobia, we are going to do some puddle work! *throws on rain boots*
My question is: *Ahem* If my horse feels more confortable in front, should I just let him be in front? If he wants to play "Follow the Leader" maybe I should just let him have some fun, afterall, we work hard in the arena and this is supposed to fun and relaxing. Or, do you think I should make him be in back? Also, how can I get him to not cut horses off? I'm really only concerned about him getting over-excited and cutting other horses off.
Please don't say anything about him being dangerous, I am with skilled riders and my trainer, and my horse is not the "wild, I'm a spaz" type by any means. He very well could have just been excited due to the new place, not being out in a while, and the barn in sight; who know?!
I hope this re-phrasing helped some, if not, let me know! Sorry for the threads on the same topic!