Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: southern Arizona
It is impossible to teach a horse to be a trail horse by riding in an arena. There is no option for training a horse apart from going out and hitting the trails. And it is NORMAL for a horse to consider a running horse as cause for alarm.
If one does a worst case analysis, then someone slowing down, worst case, loses about 60 seconds of pleasure. But if it results in the other horse spooking, then the worst case is a dead rider. Those are not equal outcomes, so both sides are not equal in the argument.
In 7 years of jogging or riding, I've seen another horse in the area I ride 2 times. Both times, the horse was walking. How in the heck would I train my horse to accept another horse running down the trail as normal, when it is likely they will NEVER see such a thing? If they ever do, it will almost certainly be their first time. And NORMAL horse instinct would be to become alarmed...so yeah, I'd be pissed at the other rider.
"People can teach us the rules, but only horses can teach us the art of riding."