Louie much prefers being the fearless leader, though he followed willingly as well. He plowed through tight wooded trails that at times were almost too narrow to pass safely. One thing I noticed that was quite interesting was his ear position. When Louie was out front his ears were always forward. When he was the back horse his ears were almost always back (listening). I think this could be partly his display of preference for the front, but I really think it's herd instinct and he was watching/listening to protect the herd from his position in the group.
We did manage to snap a few photos and videos, in these two videos you can see his ear position, and also his subtle head-bobbing, which persisted at the walk for the entire trail ride (didn't warm up out of it like I expected). Well, overall it was a great time and I'm looking forward to the next time we get to go out trail riding! Perhaps next weekend?
Checking out the view.
Louie felt like a saddle seat horse!
Our riding buddies.
Louie had fun walking through this field of lush green goodness!
Back at home in front of the pack.
Taking a break at the trailer. 3 hours is a lot of riding for poor baby Louie.
Sweating away the pounds!
My pretty boy.
The world always looks better through the ears of a Saddlebred.
And finally, the videos:
Leading the way.
Bringing up the rear- and trotting!