Originally Posted by Painted Horse
Don't be afraid to go out alone. But do be prepared. Make sure you can control your horse and go have fun.
I love to ride alone. I don't have to please anyone but myself. I always start young babies alone out in the open.
If you are riding is a snaffle add a running martingale for far more control or get a curb bit. A tom thumb and good curb chain. Ride with soft hands but if the mare suddenly takes off haul her back harshly.
DON"T CANTER EVER.. Just nice easy jogs. Teach the horse that getting out isn't an excuse to run. NEVER let your horse run flat out, ever.
Spend alot of time just jogging, building up your confidence , your horse's stamina and quiet way of going.
Walking is too slow, too boring but a nice working trot works both you and the horse and keeps her from getting bored and keeps her from getting hot headed.
Go out and just ride