Trail etiquette and the misbehaving horse
So, today I went on a hack with three other people from my barn (four of us in total), and for two of horses it was their first time going out. My boy hates being last in line on hacks, especially if the others are going faster then a walk, though he's totally fine if its just us and one other person. Well, one of the new horses kept breaking into a trot or a piaffe, which in turn made Matt angry.
The girl I work with was leading on her super chillled out draft cross, so when we got to a wide clearing, I asked if I could jump in front. By this time, Matt had popped some good bucks in his anger. Leader said no, saying her horse preferred to lead. Well, her horse wasn't trying to buck her off! We were almost out of the woods, so I figured I could hang on until then. I figured wrong. Horse in front started to trot, Matt tossed his heels to the sky, yanked his head down and shook it, and I fell onto his neck. We were just walking, so gravity slid me to the side and I flopped onto my back into a foot of soft, fluffy snow.
My question is, in a situation like this, when a horse is happier in the lead, is it safer to let him take that place? I know my boy, he would of calmed right down once ahead.