but I think I would have read the situation and done this earlier before the bolt happened, or it would have been in progress.
I agree with that. It was my first bolt, so even tough I felt it coming I was sort of processing it in my brain and only realized when she took off that... oupsy, must gather reins, must gather reins!!!
From now on I'll definitely always hold more rein at the end of the lesson when we are relaxing, and now I know for sure what it feels liked when a horse is on the verge of bolting, so I won't wait to gather those reins immediately!!!
Yes, and often overlooked. Always be aware of what's going on around you. Anticipate and be prepared without being tense or nervous. |
She's such a calm, sweet TB I really didn't think it would bother her... or at least until she bolted. I suppose it was because she was a little frisky that morning. But I'll definitely be more aware in the future. I now see that all horses are too unpredictable and it's best to be cautious and prepared at all times.
I'm glad this was a learning experience, without it being a painful one. ;)