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post #1 of 4 Old 05-09-2011, 06:47 AM Thread Starter
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Advise please after accident

Hi I am looking after an 8 year old TB ex racehorse who i was told had won five times flat racing but yesterday we had a horrible experience. We went for a hack with another horse and rider. We went through a gate fine trotted up the field to the next gate again all fine then whilst opening the gate he turned round and started cantering down hill i could not stop him! He then went into a gallop so i tried to turn him onto a circle to try and slow him down as had no brakes! I came off about 2ft from a massive hedge by the time i stopped rolling and stood up he had tried to jump the massive hedge managed to land in the middle of it and was stuck! The hedge was probably around 5ft wide full of thistles and had barbed wire either side he started to panic and managed to get down to the ground but this made the hedge bigger than him!!! Luckily the farmer went and got wire cutters and after he had cut the barbed wire we managed to get him out! He is cut all over from a mixture of thistles and wire but luckily they are superficial! I am just bruised and sore so no harm done but i have never seen anything like it! It has scared me beyond belief. Not of riding him but of riding him in wide open spaces! Any ideas why he would of tried to jump this massive hedge!? Do you think he has probably had some racer training over hurdles as well? Was there anything i could of done to stop him? According to the owners he has been good as gold with them in the past and never strong so could it have been me? Iv owned an ex racehorse before and had a few problems with him napping but we sorted that out?! He was quite skinny when we got him and we have been feeding him up so perhaps he just felt a bit good, and bold! Any advise would be greatly appreciated. Thank You
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first thank goodness you are both okay and just superficially wounded. that said, without seeing or handling the horse it's hard to say. he could have spooked, gotten startled, and for whatever reason felt he needed to get out of where he was.

before riding any horse in an open field i make sure that i can use a pulley rein as well as bridge the reins so that if a horse bolts i am able to get them under control as quickly and safely as possible. it's possible this horse had hurdle training or just that he was scared or who knows.

work on bridging the reins and pulley reins in smaller outdoor spaces before trying an open field again, and if possible i'd have a trainer evaluate you and him together as seeing you work together firsthand will help immensely in determining if you are also doing something that could cause this.

best of luck to you and stay safe!

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post #3 of 4 Old 05-10-2011, 04:32 PM
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Glad you're okay. That can be scary. The "I'm outta here" response can be very sudden with TBs. Did he show any signs of tension before he took off? High head, tight body or snorting? Where I'm going with this is, if it was something that was detectable before the bolt, you would have been able to prevent the bolt with the one rein stop. Like the pulley rein which CJ82sky metioned, it needs to be first taught within the safety of the ring. TBs are as smart as they are reactive, so I'm sure you can teach him both quickly. Hopefully this thread doesn't now turn into a One Rein Stop/Pulley Rein debate, but both of those can save your butt in different situations. First one before you're horse engages his engine and second is for after you're hauling butt! Hopefully you're not too freaked out. TBs are so fun to ride out in the open once you have those "kinks" worked out!

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post #4 of 4 Old 05-10-2011, 06:56 PM
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I know exactly how you feel. My TB galloped down a hill back in November, It was the scariest thing I have ever experienced in my life. We were right beside a road when this happened and I couldn't stop her! It was like someone pulled the brakes out of my horse! Instead of getting caught up in a hedge, I lost my one of my stirrups and hit the road head first. Luckily my friend was with me, she called 911 and caught my horse. It took about a month for me to regain most of my confidence. Since then, I have taken the time to learn the one rein stop. Just in case I get into a situation like that again.


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