I, too, am very fortunate that my BO and a few select boarders at my current barn are wonderful riding friends. Recently, another girl moved into our barn and bought another horse while boarding here... The one trail ride I went on with her and others, her horse was either bolting or rearing, and ended up rearing in my direction... I ended up being hit full force with that horse's head, and my horse was slammed with his body. We made it out with only bruises, but her and her horse has definitely soured the wonderful situation we had before. I actively avoid rides with her now, just because it adds risk to other riders and horses.
Since then, my SO has developed an interest in riding and comes along as often as he can, and luckily he wants to remain a wonderful riding partner. He absorbs suggestions I give him for riding my horse and being aware of others on the trail. So far, I vastly prefer riding with him than without, and that doesn't happen that often!
Hopefully I am able to find another group of riding friends when I move back to the lower peninsula of Michigan in the spring (if anyone lives nearby Lansing, feel free to reach out!).
Toofine - 1998 Half Arabian
Minnie - 2013 Morgan