My good trail horse would often become alert and my initial response was thinking he was going to spook. In 23 years he spooked once, a single side step when an unseen partridge flew up from long grass under his jaw. I was bareback and lost my seat. In a split second he did his best to get back under me but I'd hit the point of no return and let my legs slide off. It's the horses that seem dozy on the trail that will often explode when spooked. I'm all for allowing a horse to graze when I dismount and remove it's bridle (halter underneath). This is the only time it's allowed and rarely in the same place twice. Why not pack a lunch for both of you and head to a nice spot and enjoy lunch together.
Last edited by Saddlebag; 05-20-2012 at 02:27 PM.