Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Greenville area / SC
At a Dennis Reis clinic recently, he was asked the same question about bolting. What he suggested is to force the horse to run beyond what it wanted to if possible. He said that the one rein stop is very effective but only helps for the moment without curing the problem (obviously he was talking about the chronic bolter).
I think that in your situation, you should have the ORS in your bag of tricks. You can't just know how to use it but you need to practice it and your horse needs to know what it is. It's very true that you can pull a horse over if you don't do it correctly but it is an effective means of stopping a horse. Some people advocate a pulley stop rather then a ORS.
I'm not arguing with you, I'm just explaining why I'm right.
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