What I did first was to ride my boy around the property. Get him used to be riding but without the other horses. We rode through the turn out pastures, around the parking lot etc.
Each time we went a little further and finally we were well away from the barn. Now my only problem is getting him to go back to the barn. He just wants to explore.
Best of luck!
Wanted to add about the self defense - carrying pepper spray is not a bad idea. There are a lot of homeless people that live off the trail I ride (trail is combination horse/people - very busy). Mostly they like to come out and see the horses and pet them, but you never know.
I take a little bag that keeps my cell phone, information about me - where my horse is boarded, emergency contact, hoof pick, extra water and my pocketknife.
The contact information is really good. I even know of people that put a small tag on the bridle with the horses barn information and phone number.
Unless it weighs a ton... it's just a horse. Draft horse motto.
Last edited by Solon; 09-07-2010 at 02:36 AM.