Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Sweden - the land of carrots and apples
* Don't harm the ground where you ride; avoid wet paths and so, in rainy periods you use the roads.
* Don't ride in peoples yards or too close to a house, don't ride on planted fields or newly planted tree-flield thingies.
*Close gates if you pass them, don't disturb cattle or so if you go through a pasture (but normally you stay out of pastures anyway since you never know whet there might be and if ''it'' scares or attack your horse)
Other than that, ride where you want.
When you meet people, slow down to a walk.
When you meet cars; stay out of the way as much as posible and stand still or walk (whatever the horse is easier with), don't trot.
Say something before you're too close to people if you come up from behind, and don't trot, unless they've seen you and is okay with you trotting.
Try to keep the horses butt out as far beside the path/road as possible if he 'has to go'.
When riding in a group:
Don't ride too close and use the horse in front of you as a stop.
Don't let the horses muzzle each other.
Make sure everyone is ok with changing gait/speed.
Try to keep the same speed as your friends.
If one want to canter while the other one want to walk, let the canter-person stay behind and canter up to the walking person. That way the walker won't get troubles.
But those last few rules can of course change if you know each other well, as long as you agree about the change. Common sense is normaly enough.
Always keep your head up, but be careful to keep your nose at a friendly level.