Originally Posted by gunslinger
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.
It's a big pet peeve of mine when you are riding with a designated group, and people don't communicate or show consideration for other people in that group. They lead the rides but never give the people in the back of the ride time to water their horses before taking off again, or continue along the top of a hill so that no one gets "stuck" waiting on a steep ascent.
Sometimes it's as simple as asking "everyone ready?" before moving off again after a rest/lunch/potty break/horse-watering stop. Give the rest of the people a chance to say "hold on," if they're making a last-second adjustment to tack or putting away a map or a drink or whatever else they're doing.
It's one of the many reasons I really don't like riding with more than a few other people who have similar "riding styles" as I do. Sometimes I'll go out with a bigger group, but eventually I find that I just want to break away and go off on my own because I get tired of all the stop-and-start drama.