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    06-29-2009, 06:50 PM
Green Broke
There are few things that I can say that will be new.... but have to agree with everyone who have already posted, FIND A NEW BARN! Your instructor made an extremely irresponsible decision in putting you on a horse like that. That's fine that she wanted you to learn how to be in control off a lunge line but you need to learn that on a solidly trained easy going beginner friendly horse.

Also, I'm going to venture a guess that perhaps your horse didn't 'bolt'? A bolt is when your horse shoots off at a fast gallop. Sounds like he was a little unbalanced with the downhill slope and broke into a canter since he wasn't balanced enough to just trot down (very common with a green horse). Even still, this is terrifying for someone who isn't ready for it. When people start riding their first instinct to fear is to lean forward, even throw themselves at their horse's neck. Unfortunately this will only make your horse go faster! As someone said (myboypuck?), you MUST SIT BACK!! Or at least sit up and then get your reins again. It's the opposite of your instincts, but you must do it! I am a huge huge fan of the one rein stop, but it's hard for beginners to learn properly (ESP from a canter) so I wouldn't recommend it yet (if you hold your hand up too high you can flip your horse over) as you must be completely centered in the saddle, be able to stretch up, and be secure as you crank your horse's head to the side. If your horse was a bolter, then yes, maybe you should take the time to learn it properly. But not easy for everyone.

But like I said, find a new barn! Your parents might think you're a chicken at first but believe me, if you continue at this barn you could get seriously hurt and you will lose your confidence altogether. If you go somewhere with proper responsible instruction and solid horses, you will wow your parents one day with your great riding skills!
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    07-04-2009, 07:48 AM
I really, really think this is a diaster waiting to happen. You, being a beginner rider, should NOT be on this horse. He needs someone to knows how to train and work with a green horse.
Also, on a second ride, I personally don't think you should be trotting. Your horse needs to gradually get used to being ridden.
    07-10-2009, 01:16 AM
Wink getting off a bolting horse

Originally Posted by DakotaLuv    
It just takes practice and experience when those things happen. One thing you can try to do is reach up and grab the top of the bridle at his poll and pull up or back as hard as you can to get him to stop or try reaching down to grab the reins, if all else fails try to get your feet out of the stirrups and bail off, the horse will slow down if no one is on him unless he's out on a trail ride, but in an arena if all else fails get off, because you're likely to come off anyway as a beginner, but getting off yourself will be less painful. Preventing those kind of things will come with time and experience as a rider.
I agree that you should get off the horse and on YOUR terms, not his. I am also a newer rider and my lesson horse is bomb proof and I can post her nicely but another horse lady I know has a beautiful german import who is an amazing jumper and smooth mover so she talked me into riding him for first time said he's automatic I won't have to work on him he just knows. So I got on him and I felt very comfortable on him at the walk. Then she asked me to trot and he bolted. I would have used the one rein method except he's a big jumper and there's nothing but jumps all over the arena. Well, so I continued in a straight along the rail trying to whoa him and pulling straight back and low on the reins, tried to left right deal, spoke calmly to him but he just speeded up and I stayed on him (well balanced I was told later) until I went all the way around the arena and owner tried to stop himtoo but we blew right by her about 25mph so then I picked a spot of muddy area, slid to right side of him and hung low off his right side and jumped out and away from him, landing on my right side and rolling over. I popped up okay and rode him again on a lunge to get him out of my system. I heard later that he did that to a professional rider and actually bolted over the jumps too until he could't hold on any longer and got thrown off. I am glad I jumped off on my terms intead of flying off over a big jump. I am badly bruised on the legs but otherwise not a scratch.
So, how do you stop a horse like that? He had been overdosed on alfalfa turns out later but the fact that he is capable means I will never ride himagain. It took a week of riding every day to get my confidence back on my regular school horse. Any input on stopping a horse this spooked?
    07-10-2009, 05:52 AM
Green Broke
Sea Sawing with your reins is a great way to get a horse to listen if it bolts, because if the horse grabs the bit in its mouth you can slip the bit out of its teeth and back into its mouth by doing this. Was this horse running away or bolting. A real bolting horse will attempt to run threw fences and other items and not "doge" tree brenchs just ignore the rider and run to were they want to be.
    07-10-2009, 07:36 AM
Originally Posted by ChingazMyBoy    
Sea Sawing with your reins is a great way to get a horse to listen if it bolts.
No, no it is not. D:
It can make the 'nut cracker' effect, it can break teeth, it can pinch the tongue. It is the worst thing to do with your reins.
I do not accept sawing as an appropriate response to bolting, or anything.

Please do not Saw.
    07-10-2009, 07:46 AM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by Fire Eyes    
No, no it is not. D:
It can make the 'nut cracker' effect, it can break teeth, it can pinch the tongue. It is the worst thing to do with your reins.
I do not accept sawing as an appropriate response to bolting, or anything.

Please do not Saw.
OMG! I was told to use this on Pumpkin today, by a great rider. Grrr...shows how much people think they know! Please do what fire eyes said and don't use this method. I was told and I qoute "to lightly put pressure on one rein then then the other and slowly increase the pressure if the horse does not listen.
    07-10-2009, 08:02 AM
If Pumpkin bolts maybe you could try teach him a one rein stop? It's quite effective way to stop a horse, and not painful, it also makes it pretty much impossible to buck.
Also half-halts could help him.

But this tread isn't really about Pumpkin. :P Oops. Sorry.
    07-10-2009, 10:24 AM
First of, yeah, new instructor NOW. No excuses. Stop riding there for that instructor. You have no business on this horse or any other horse that isn't well-trained.

You can NOT stop a bolting horse no matter what. A 'bolt' is when a horse 'loses its brain' and you either have to bail out or try and stay on long enough for the horse to 'reacquire its brain'.

A bolting horse will run itself into a tree, a building whatever so usually it's best to bail if you're in tight quarters. A bolting horse is 'running blind', they see nothing around them and are running full blast on adrenal and panic.

All that happened here is that you were out of balance when you asked for the transition, the horse then lost his balance because of that and because of the downhill terrain. The horse's natural reaction to that is to speed up a bit and try to regain their balance. In the process you then lost the reins and got yourself way out of balance and made the horse more out of balance and so on...

This is ALL perfectly normal for the green horse. This is why it's a good idea that experienced riders ride green horses as they'd have not asked for the transition on a downhill slope, they'd have prepared the horse better for the transition and on the off chance the horse lost it's balance, they'd have simply sat up a bit.
    07-13-2009, 01:25 AM
Change to a barn with accredited riding instructors that focuses on BEGINNER riders and has SCHOOL HORSES, not green ones. If cost is the issue, then ride 2 times a month at a barn that's $30 a lesson instead of weekly for $15, or however you can work it out, because you are throwing away your $15 everytime you ride with an irresponsible, dangerous instructor like that one you are using right now. I wouldn't even have another lesson there, you might as well throw your money in the garbage. Go to another barn and learn how to enjoy riding SAFELY!!! You will appreciate that sooo much in the long run :)

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