But we should not forget: Every trip into the countryside brings new challenges for horse and rider. This guarantees not only relaxation and fun, but also excitement. Sound training of both(!) is important to avoid a riding accident. You have to grow together as a team!
Requirements of rider and horse
Since there are significantly more difficulties to overcome when riding out than in a segregated riding arena, a solid basic training must precede. Ask yourself: Am I saddle fit? Can I keep my horse under control in all three gaits? Does he trust me? Do I know his psyche and instincts (e.g. innate flight behaviour)? Does my horse react reliably to my aids?
Because: You are dealing with an independent being! Unpredictable reactions on the part of the animal must always be expected. Your horse is not a piece of sports equipment! The better you know your partner, the less you will be surprised by his actions. Riding horses requires more than breeches and a helmet. Especially when riding out. Otherwise you put yourself and others in danger.
Basic instincts play a big role
Whether flight behaviour or herd instinct - the natural instincts of these noble creatures extend all the way back to domestication. It is simply innate that your friend suspects a predator behind a rustling bush. Does your horse perhaps not feel like moving away from the stable? This is also a basic instinct. The herd gives him protection. It has learned this over thousands of years in its evolution. That's why we should take it seriously. Punishing such reactions would be a mistake. It is better to build up trust and show the horse that it can rely on you.
So to speak: with you, there is no threat of harm. For example, ground work with a horse is a great way to do this. Just riding horses will bring you to your goal more slowly. Communication starts on the ground. Your horse reads your body language and learns from you. You in turn get to know his moods and behaviour. This is a wonderful win-win situation.