Maddy mare is such a good mare to ride with for us...she is non competitive and also a lead mare type, which my mare feels more comfortable with. Maddy won't tolerate a fussy horse behind her; as we found out last year as she hopped her rump up as Wa nosed her saying..."go faster or let me lead".
It was the best thing for us to have happen, Maddy's warning. Wa really paid mindful attention to her slowing after that.
This past weekend, with 3 days of riding on a gorgeous beach with not a mark on it, made for some excellent times. Both mares were ultra relaxed and I had very few of the excited problems of past beach trips...oh maybe a few popped shoulders as we turned back away from home..but we both rode the buckle-coming and going- a first for the mare and I. I told Jules, 14 years old for the mare and 2 years of beach times ,have finally paid off!
Soo, Wahsahse was on her best behaviour, walking behind Maddy mare.(yep..read that right-behind at times)
After all , she has the "eyes"of the Monarch butterfly that constantly watch us as we ride behind her!