trail riding alone
Hi, I've never been on a trail ride by myself (i go with my cousin when I ride) and i'm debating if I should go alone or not. I'm still a beginner rider, I got my first horse in janurary and was told he was ok for beginners but he was way too much for me, even my cousin agreed that he wasn't for a beginner plus he had an attitude. I found him a new home in May and got my current horse in June (her name is ladybug)she is a 14 or 15 year old appendix 15'3 hands. I've only been on about 5 trail rides on her since it's been so hot but she is pretty mellow. I haven't had any real issues with her yet aside from one spot on the trail where it's like a mound of dirt and then the curb to the street, she never wants to step off the curb and gives me a hard time (i think this spot is scary for some horses because my other horse was hesitant too). Another thing she doesn't really like is puddles (on the street) I have to cross the street to get to the other trail and there is usually a puddle, she will stop and try to back up or avoid it however she can. I try to make her walk through it but I usually have a hard time, it doesn't help that she's already worked up from the mini mound because these two things are back to back. She doesn't really get spooked very easily, i've noticed she looks around alot and doesn't keep her eyes on the trail lol. I was told by her previous owner that she does pretty good by herself, i'm just not sure if i'm ready to ride alone yet. Maybe I should have my cousin take her out by alone and see how she does?