Originally Posted by DejaVu
If the horse starts acting up, I put a stop to it by disengaging the hind quarters, getting their head down, and in a tight circle. Never, do I have the need to hold onto anything to let the horse freak out, I just simply put a stop to it before anything really happens.
As far as rearing though, let the horse have it's head, lean forward and grab some mane. You never want to even have pressure on the reins on a rearing horse. Pulls them right over backwards if you do so.
This is great, but I would not agree that this is always realistic. If something scares a horse suddenly, this goes by the wayside, IMO. Your idea is great in theory, and probably will diffuse at least 75% of issues.....just not all, and that number varies, depending upon the horse.
Agree on not pulling on one rearing, but typically this is one of the more predictable behaviors. They tend to rear when they get "frozen up". Again, many times disengaging them and getting them bending and moving (in a circle, since they find it pretty tough to rear when turning)will do the trick. At least that is MY experience. However, there will ALWAYS be times the little buggers catch us by surprise, and no matter how much we plan ahead....practice our emergency stops, etc.....it all goes by the wayside, and we find ourselves pulling in them like we swore we never would.