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post #21 of 24 Old 09-27-2013, 08:58 PM
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My horse has thrown me...Once. I was riding him bareback, and all of a sudden he decided he would rather run and play instead of work-if you could even call it that! It was SUPPOSED to be an easy ride, anyway...

I was able to bail and keep hold of one of his split reins. He turned toward me, I shook him back the entire length of the arena, went and tacked him up, and worked the living hell out of him both from the ground and under saddle. He must've known that he was in deep trouble since he was an angel when I got back on!

When I stay on (usually), one rein stop and immediately disengage his hindquarters. Depending on how much of a brat he was being, sometimes I'll add in a swat or two with the reins or dressage whip. This tends to cure things for quite awhile!
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Well, we've been riding consistently for the past week and a half without any problems. I have done quite a bit of groundwork with her (though there is always room for improvement). We went on another trail ride today, which was great. I had a lesson earlier in the week and I cantered her for the first time in several weeks. She did really well overall. Of course I can't say that she won't misbehave again, but I'd like to think that we're really starting to figure each other out.
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post #23 of 24 Old 09-27-2013, 11:27 PM
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My trail gelding, in his early days with me, tested me, threatening to buck. I hauled his head around to my knee and used the riding crop to deliver a few stout whacks to his ribcage to make him move. I had hold of the bridle, never mind the rein. I didn't want to just disengage his hindquarters, I wanted them to hustle. When he tried to slow, just a threat of a whack was enough to keep him going. He was begging to stop. When I finally allowed him to straighten out, that was the end of that, he never tested me again.
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post #24 of 24 Old 09-28-2013, 01:45 AM
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Another one rein stop proponent here. I have a gelding that was started very badly in his early years. I inherited him at 8 years old because by now, no one could get a saddle on him and if they did, it was a rodeo bronc scene without even a rider in the saddle yet. Long story short, I was in the saddle after about 9 months of working with him on the ground but little things still triggered a buck fest. He quickly figured out that it was also a convenient way to give me a quick exit. I had a rodeo kid ride him for me once and he rode through the bucks but I decided I will never be a professional bronc rider and learned to use the one rein stop on him. I even pull his nose around to the left when I mount now since he caught me of guard that way once as well before I even had my right foot in the stirrup. Works BEAUTIFULLY!!!! He's tried to buck when I ask him to walk out after a mount but as a rule now, we never just walk off. I mount with his nose pulled in, and we do several circles this way and kind of spiral our way into a straight walk if that makes sense. When he did try to buck in doing this, I had that nose to my boot tip and I could feel that it would have gotten ugly, but we went round and round and he finally relaxed. Slowly we straightened out until I felt he was relaxed enought to change directions. So yes, you can totally release too soon. I'm not saying keep him at your boot the whole time, but even when disengaging him, keep him pulled around in a circle for a while and you'll feel when he starts to relax. It's been almost 2 years since my guy's last bad bucking incident. He has learned that if I even think he's stiffening up on me short notice, I pull him into a circle and he hasn't gotten away with a buck once since riding him this way. And I still mount with his nose pulled in even though he's been doing really really well. I've used this maneuver on a run away situation too with a different horse and it worked then as well. So I'm all for the one rein stop. You're not yanking on his mouth. You're disciplining him at this point. He'll learn he can't get away with his stunts after enough of these moves.
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