I have done plenty of very basic trail rides, but I now have my own horse and recently went on a 2 hour large group ride. It was fun, but I have a couple very basic questions. I ride English and my guy is a Quarter Horse.
1) carrying stuff: How do you carry basic survival stuff? I would want to have some water with me, my cell phone and a first aid kit. I have tried a fanny pack at home, but it is bouncy bouncy when I post. No fun. I'm wondering how you carry things you'd like to have on your body and not on the horse?
2) Trotting down hill. I know to do two point up hills and lean back down hills. Why does trotting down hill feel so umcomfortable? How do you do it correctly so you feel stable and solid?
3) A stream. Standing at a stream that horse does not want to walk through. He's probably going to jump. How do you position yourself so that when he does jump, you don't smack his back or mouth? I grabbed mane and I think I stood up a little, but I'm pretty sure I landed hard on his back when he landed. Ideas to make this move a little more graceful? We were in a group, so there was no getting a running start.