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    01-29-2009, 09:41 AM
  #1
Weanling
Emergency Stop!

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
     
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    01-29-2009, 10:31 AM
  #2
Yearling
Good job keeping your head and getting that stop!

The best emergency stop sounds like what you did, choose a way you wanna go and turn the horse into a tight circle that way. Pull their nose into your toe and they pretty much have to stop :)
     
    01-29-2009, 11:12 AM
  #3
Started
Good job! You did exactly the right thing! Another good way to stop if you are near a wall or fence, turn the horse into the wall.
     
    02-01-2009, 09:54 PM
  #4
Weanling
Good job! I believe that's called a pulley rein...and yeah, it really is a cool thing to feel that under control. I remember I had to use that once before but it was kinda just instinct, I didn't really think about doing it. Is that what it was like for you? Lol. Also Pinto Pony said pull their nose to your toe, and, that can be a good thing, but you have to be careful because it can very easily knock the horse off balance and down you both go. Anyways, really good job!
     
    02-01-2009, 10:18 PM
  #5
Foal
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Originally Posted by Equuestriaan    
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

Hate to say it, but it doesn't always work. I found out the hard way.
My horse bolted and I pulled her nose right into my foot my foot and she was still going full bore straight ahead. Her head was tight to her side.

I thought we were going to die! I ended up falling off really hard.

I works sometimes, but not always
     
    02-01-2009, 11:14 PM
  #6
Weanling
So, I just realized that I read you're post wrong :] disregard my comment, cept for the good job part
Lol
     
    02-02-2009, 02:17 PM
  #7
Showing
Congrats good for you. I think most people never realise how much they really capable of until they are presented in the situation. Good for you for keeping your head on your shoulders and react to quickly in a stressful situation.
     
    02-06-2009, 07:36 PM
  #8
Weanling
Yeah I agree with every one else, well done. Some people just freak and brace themselves for a hefty fall. Congrats for taking the situation and calming it down. But remember why the horse bolted. The fact that the horse bolted was stressful for you but the fact that the horse was spooked would have been a little stressful for him too. So big thumbs up for calming the situation for both you and your horse.
     
    02-11-2009, 02:14 PM
  #9
Yearling
My teacher always makes us do it. From walk/trot/canter I mean its not hard for us to learn slide down,add leg, pull head on circle or in real tight depends if your at the canter you don't want to just yanke the head and do a ten meter circle. Lol.. But I always was just ok yah, done! No biggy.

But when I was actually on the galloping hill. Gypsy bucked at her full speedy canter and nocked me on her neck then took the chance to canter down the hill! I remember just slidding more towards her head. I couldnt stop cause we would tip over so I had to wait till the bottom of the hill. As soon as we got to a flat part I bairly had to ask and turn her head and she stopped dead in her tracks, plopped her head down and was like get off! Its great to know that even when your horse is completely out of its mind once a thing is drilled into its head it will find that release. And come back to reality :p
     
    02-13-2009, 09:34 PM
  #10
Green Broke
Good thinking! I do a slight pully rein when Blue is rushing a jump too, then she has to slow down for me!
     

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