Thanks so much. I am planning on beginning trail riding this fall and joining a group in the spring and going on a 100mile ride in the summer. Some of this information I had not thought of. Again thank you.
Add: When stopping as a group don't have the rears of the horses facing or directly facing each other. This can provoke fights.
I am somewhat new to the horse riding as well as trail riding. I see that my expierence as a x-biker and off roader helps with some of this etiquette and I have to say that most of this is common sense and a little thoughtfullness of your fellow rider. With that said, I would like to find some of the smaller trail rides. I went on the Okie/Arkie ride for one day and let me tell you every bit of etiquette was ignored. I am anxious to hear about some of the more relaxed trail rides.
I have been riding for years, and have been a professional guide for trailrides in some of the roughest and most beautiful country on this continent. I have learned that in the end, both the safety and pleasure of myself and my horse depends on OUR skill, calmness, experience and good humor. Mine and my horse's.
All of the advice given on here is entirely correct, and should be not only be followed, but taught and insisted on. However, people are people, and there are those who will be clueless or careless 'till the day they die. It's just human nature. It is my responsibility, therefore, to not put any horse of mine in a situation where they will likely face something they are clearly not ready for.
Never go on a ride where you will be not have an authoritative say in what is going on around you if you even suspect that your horse will not do well around these ignorant or careless people. And if there are more than 3 riders, the you can bet odds are multiplied exponentially that there will be an "undesirable" in the group. And a trail ride of 300? 100? 25? You and your horse has to have the control, calm and experience to do all of your thinking and that of a dozen other people. Simultaneously. There are some horses I just will not take on some rides, it's not fair to the horse. My horse.
So, my advice on trail etiquette? Don't go on a ride where you or you horse's inexperience could possible add to any already out-of-control ... person. :)
Alaska Packer, I agree I was in over my head on this ride and my fault for not investigating before leaping into this ride. A combination of experience and a few idiots and the ride turned sour in a heartbeat. There was one bad habbit my horse had that after this ride he seemed to have lost but he always had to be in front of other horses so the ride wasn't a total loss but just disappointing. Thanks for the advice and I am sure as my experience grows so will my level of riding.
I had heard the tips before, on trail riding. Always good to refresh my memory. I did not know the yellow for stallions tip. Thanks for the head's up. I wold have guessed it was a cowardly horse - ha ha.
In reference to the the tree branch snapping back at another rider, it is better to lift it over you head and have it come down behind you. Also, if you are bringing a cell phone with, carry it on yourself and not on the horse.
Otherwise, you have many good points that everyone needs to know. Many should be common sense, but too many don't seem to have that.