He knows the one rein stop. The trouble is I don't employ it any faster than a trot [pulls him into a very tight circle and I won't risk having him fall on me] and I like to give him the option to listen before I force his head to my knee.
He has re-learned how to stop at least 4 times with me and it works for a matter of maybe 3 months at a time, then he forgets his manners again. It's not actually an issue in an arena any more, hasn't been since the first time he re-learned to stop, but he bolts with me if I ride in too open an area. He was a high-level eventer in his younger days and I think he gets brain fried.
I showjump him in a snaffle, last show we did [showjumping] he was in his snaffle and was perfect, and the pelham is actually on his flat bridle at the moment in preparation for a show [it's "the done thing" to show them in this discipline in either a pelham or a double, and a double won't fit in his mouth]. Out eventing for some reason the stadium phase fries his brain and in a kimblewick I had no control - showjumping, though, he's a dream in a snaffle. Cross country, I won't even TRY without at least a kimblewick.
The other day when he bolted we were riding along the reserve at the side of a major highway. He is very traffic safe, but for whatever reason the wide open straight line on grass fries his brain [I think it's the cross country training he's done in the past, he was initially trained by someone who knew what they were doing but then sold to someone who had no clue so he does get brain fried quite easily - the beach heats him up horribly, open spaces heat him up... I think he thinks he's meant to gallop and gets too set on that idea and forgets there's someone on his back] and he can be, er, interesting at best. We have a rule that he can trot as fast as he likes but he is NOT allowed to canter - if he doesn't canter he can't gallop/bolt as easily - but that doesn't always work.
He has bolted a few times in an arena but they have ALL been my fault... it's out that's the problem. Nothing I can do will stop him - bearing in mind I am not much more than 100 pounds, I am TINY, so I don't really have anywhere to go if he wants to ignore me.
I am not a very confident rider, and I have HUGE trust issues with this horse, so quite often I actually struggle to be nice to his mouth using a snaffle [I hang off it when I'm nervous]. In something with a little more bite, I know I can stop him if he's being an idiot, so I'm not scared. I have come off him from a full out bolt before, also in a snaffle, AFTER his first re-learn-how-to-stop, and I can't remember most of that day or the next. I had a head injury, and a fractured humerus, and my helmet was cracked front to back. Because of THAT fall, I got lessons. Which didn't stop his behaviour, because it stems from ME, not him, and the coach I had at the time did zilch for my confidence out.
I'm going to be talking to my dad and my boss about possible lessons [boss is an AMAZING coach but doesn't travel, my dad has a trailer so I might be able to get him to help out - MAYBE]
Last edited by blue eyed pony; 10-24-2012 at 11:06 AM.