So I've been taking my 5 year old on some trail rides this summer and over all she's been doing very well. My question is for the trail riding pros out there:
What do you do with a drunken sailor? She weaves her way down the trail. Someone said she may be looking for a nice place to put her feet since she's barefoot but I think she's just easily distracted.
So, if I try to correct her I can keep her between my legs and going straight but that's a lot of work when you're trying to relax If I keep trying to keep her straight, am I just training her that I have to tell her to keep straight? Should I care if she weaves her way down the trail? It really only bothers me because I ride with other people and usually ride side by side and talk. She tends to bump into the other horses or cut them off.
I've noticed that other horses do this too (my dad calls his a drunken mule) so am I making something out of nothing?
My goal for trail riding is just to go and be able to not think too much and be relaxed. I love that she enjoys the ride and is very interested in her surrounding.
What do you think?