A horse hasn't bolted with me in ages, but last night Dakota spooked and just took off. I remember I just froze for a moment and thought "Oh no, I'm going to fall." Then I realized I really would fall if I didn't stop him. I remember just planting my right fist on Dakota's neck and then taking two really hard pulls on the left rein. To my surprise, Dakota slowed to a canter and I was able to circle and get him under control! It was like I snapped back to reality and it was the coolest thing because I really did have control over the situation. I've never felt that way before... I usually feel like there's nothing I can do when a horse bolts. Today I was describing the incident to my friend and she told me I had done an emergency stop! I had only read about the emergency stop before, and had never used it. Anyways, I thought I would just share that story with you all. xD
Every ride, good or bad, teaches you something new.