When encountering what I consider to be difficult terrain, I try to do two things.
Back off the horses in front of me and let them fully negotiate the hazard before proceeding myself. If my horse is the lead horse, I stop, let her have several seconds to look at the obstacle and then proceed.
If, for example, we're traversing a ditch that's steep on each side, I stop, then go down into the ditch, stop for a few seconds and then climb out. Doing so lets me re-balance before starting back up the incline.
In the mountains, on a steep climb, leave plenty of room between your horse and the horse in front of you. Riding to close then neither I nor the horse can really evaluate the trail. Same way on the down hills. Don't get in a hurry and leave plenty of room between horses.
What happens in some cases, is the first rider goes up, and usually stops at the first flat spot.....this leaves me and my horse no where to land and forces a stop on uneven terrain. As you progress up or down the hill, don't just stop at the first even spot you come to if there are riders behind you. Try to leave enough room at the top for all riders to find a space to "land" there horse.
For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
Last edited by gunslinger; 03-24-2013 at 11:37 AM.