Stay Safe on Hills
When footing gets slippery, most horses naturally try to cling to the uphill side of the trail. This can cause their feet to slide sideways under them. Try to keep the horse on the most level part of the tread. If the horse feels like he’s going to fall, give him his head with a loose rein, and be ready to bail off on the high side of the trail if he falls. If going straight up a steep, slippery slope, keep the horse straight, and keep him going but not rushing. Other riders should wait at the top, leaving room for the next horse to come up. Riders at the bottom should wait until the horse in front of them is clear of the slope so as not to be in the way if there’s a problem. — Excerpted from The Certified Horsemanship Trail Guide Manual (www.cha-ahse.org)
When you reach the top of a slippery hill, wait at the top while leaving room for others to move up one at a time.