Funny story from my ride today and had to share...
I took my arab out for a walk through the field (think 20 acre field) and down a little trail back to the barn today. We were almost to the other end of the field when she scooted sideways, which she never does. I looked back, and one of the other horses from the barn decided he wanted to go too and had been following us like a trail pony. I have no idea how long he had been there, but he seemed to be enjoying himself quite a bit to be out. He didn't have a halter on and I didn't have anything extra to catch him with, so we just turned around in the field and rode back to the barn with him following along. There are no roads for a few miles in any direction, and I figured he knew where he lived so no sense in getting off to catch him when I had nothing to catch him with.
Gotta love the smart ponies Or should I say devious ones....
I was just talking to someone about this, many eons ago I used to ride a very lovely palomino mare on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, specifically outside of Grasonville. Routinely I would try and take her pony pal with her because pony once got caught in a fence trying to come. In those days people would not wig out, there was next to no traffic, I only rode in the corn fields after the corn was harvested, or do the trails along the bay inlets that led into the woods. It was a blast and I wish I could do it now because I have a large pony who thinks she is a dog anyway. She would follow me on a walk with the dogs if I let her. Not safe where I am now sadly.
"I have brought on the hatred of Wall Street and I relish it".
Franklin Delano Roosevelt
A friend of mine excercises all of her horses this way but they are in a very remote area. Makes you wonder if this horse had wanted to go out on the trail for a while - you can only imagine what goes through their heads.