This is such a great post. I would like to add another safety tip when trail riding. We were riding at huge equestrian trail place that had one place where you had to cross a four lane highway to get to a beautiful over look. On the way back to camp coming out of the woods to cross the road the group I was with did not wait for everyone to come out of the woods before crossing the road. I had to stop her for oncoming traffic and she came unglued. She could care less that a car was coming at 70 miles an hour she wanted to be on the other side. We were almost hit because she sidepassed and backed into the oncoming traffic. So my advice is wait for all your group and then everyone cross the road at the same time side by side. It will ensure that no one gets caught in traffic.