As Icelandic Horse owners, we need to observe appropriate trail etiquette when riding in public.
A trail ride should be enjoyable; for you, your friends, and anyone else on the trail.
Plan ahead. Determine gait and speed before hand. Will you ride single file? two abreast? Do you have partners? Who will lead, and who will bring up the rear?
Stay a horse-length behind the horse in front.
Advise all other riders if you have any specific areas of concern or need-to-know information about your horse (kicker, doesn't like other mares, spooks, etc.)
Plan to stop and wait for oncoming "traffic" (other horses, hikers, motorized vehicles, etc.)
If your pace is too fast for everyone in the group, slow down.
Realize that the sound of gaited horses at speed can upset other horses.
Riding at speed can sometimes upset or hype up horses in a group, which can cause serious problems for any type of rider.
Wait for slow moving horses so they do not get too far behind which may upset them.
Watch for low branches and call out to riders who are behind.
Walk down hills, and lead horses wait at the bottom for the rest of the group.
Stay on approved trails only.
If your horse is acting up, warn others; dismount; remove your horse from the area.
Aid riders who need to dismount by halting and standing near them to enable their horse to be reassured.
If possible, step off the trail and halt, to allow multi-use trail users to pass.
Take care not to ride up behind another horse at speed.
Announce upward and downward transitions for the benefit of the whole group.
Your horse may be another trail user's
introduction to horses; what you do is a reflection of the local horse
community and the Icelandic Horse breed. It is much easier to make a
good first impression than to try to change a negative impression about
Icelandic Horses and the people who ride them.