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        10-09-2013, 09:11 PM
    The bolt can be ridden out on a straight line simply by staying square in the saddle and waiting for horsey to tire out or be lucky enough to be in a large area where you can circle or apply the pulley rein, but that abrupt change in direction at speed would get most riders off, so don't feel bad. Prevention is best. If you have any idea it might be coming, have your one rein stop ready. Problem is, as you already found out, it has to be practiced to the point where it is an automatic reflex on your part. Hope your tailbone heals quickly.
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        10-09-2013, 09:16 PM
    Honestly the change of direction is what pitched you off.. so why not decide when that happens?

    Everytime my horse does something I don't like, I immediately circle. Even if it's a very big 20m gentle circle.. it's better than a right angle bolt!!
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        10-09-2013, 09:17 PM
    My gelding bolts when he gets scared and NOTHING works to stop him. Best advice I can give is that if nothing works and you can't ride it out and be safe: bale. Get off the horse as quick as you can and let him run it out. I couldn't get my gelding under control one time and after one lap around the arena and a plow through fencing I jumped off and landed in a heap. I was bruised, but not as hurt as I would've been had I been on him. Now I've learned if he starts to bolt get the heck outta dodge. I've never swung off of their necks I usually go for a side because I don't want to be caught in front of them, off to the side I can roll away. Just be sure if you do to make sure your feet are clear of the stirrups and you let go of the reins so you don't pull him on top of you. Good job for sitting it though!
        10-09-2013, 09:37 PM
    Keep your legs away from the horse and spread you feet apart while keeping your weight in the stirrups.

    bolting, seat stability, staying on

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