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    08-10-2011, 10:50 PM
Originally Posted by mavis    
I will make it a point to be more vigilant whenever I go past this hedge. But how do I prepare for the event the horse might bolt/buck or shake his massive butt?
With bucking you really want to sit straight and balanced with your heels down. Then even with bigger buck you still can sit through. To stop it you either have to make the horse move forward or turn it in tight circle (I do the latter as my qh manages to buck as she moves too). However it all needs some practice/experience.

Bolting was discussed several times in I believe "Riding" or "Training" section. I'd suggest to do some search there. There are 2 approaches to stop the bolter and I remember for sure people posted videos on how to do it. You again want a good sit to be able to sit through the bolt, and yes, you can turn the bolter in circle in arena (harder on trail, because it may be too narrow).

P.S. Paying more attention to surroundings helps tremendously: sometime you already know what is coming and you are ready. The reason why I never ride with player/headset on (even though bunch of people do it): I want to hear what's coming. :)
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    08-11-2011, 03:24 AM
Ok thanks everyone for your kind advice!
    08-11-2011, 04:39 AM
The reason why I never ride with player/headset on
Do you mean headset as in an ipod? Geez, I hope not!
Shouldn't hearing be, I don't know, an asset to riding? Lol

I'm sorry about your fall! Is it possible that the rider who came up suddenly got too close to you? I know my barn is very big on riders communicating by calling inside/outside corner and they are supposed to respect each other's space. Doesn't stop some people from riding ride up your horse's rear or riding by and practically grazing your horse. Turds.
    08-11-2011, 04:54 AM
Yeah.. we were separated by a hedge; and there was a row of trees to our backs along the breadth of the arena. SO there was no way we could have been sufficiently prepared for the horse coming from behind.
Though I did see the horse from the corner of my eye. BUt things happened real quick.. And because I could see and know it's not a great danger; I thought the horse would know too. Hahaha

I am gg to check out the arena again this weekend. I think the shrubs and hedges around the arena are a hazard.

What you pointed out is a good habit.. The oncoming horse was a polo pony from a neighbouring club. It is a good to call out when approaching.
    08-11-2011, 07:10 AM
Sounds like it was just unfortunate :( I really believe though its just hours in the saddle that improve you and you can stick with the horse better when things go wrong. Although however experienced you are anyone can fall off in a freak accident :) hope you have a better next lesson :) oh and as everyone said the hat companys all suggest a new hat with any significant bump.
    08-11-2011, 07:41 AM
Originally Posted by Heelsdown    
Do you mean headset as in an ipod?
Yes, exactly. The problem with it I can't hear well (plus focus on music too much). We have bushes all around the ring, so unfortunately horses can't see what's going on/who's coming, and sometime as little as neighbor's pony being noisy there can cause the spook (it's not my ring, so I can't clean the bushes just because I want to). Therefore I try to keep my senses ready if something is coming.

BTW, I am thinking about getting external speakers for the iPod. This way you can hear music still have nothing in ears.
    08-11-2011, 08:01 AM
You've been given great advice here, especially, ignoring the hedge, if you think something bad might happen there and are more aware of it, IT WILL HAPPEN! Horses are very sensitive and in tune to their riders, if you think it might happen it will, and really, loose the music all together, sorry but just being a new rider trying to find her seat again, you need to concentrate on you and your horse. I know the music relaxes you maybe and keeps you calm, but it is a distraction, and as you have found out, even old calm school horses can be unpredictable, you have to have your attention on your riding and your horse. I usually just sing a song in my head if everything is going right, to help keep me relaxed, and my nieces have their "show songs" that they sing to themselves in the show ring to keep them relaxed and untense while showing their horses.
    08-11-2011, 05:26 PM
It sounds like the horse is using the hedge as an excuse to unload you. A horse running up behind another horse is a signal to your horse "we gotta get outta here or we'll be dinner". Horses don't question that, they bolt, run maybe 50 yds then turn and look. Try riding with more distance from the hedge. As you approach it make him do serpentines so he has to pay attention to you. If you feel him tense up his body pull his nose around toward your boot, but drive that foot into his ribs behind the girth to move his hiney over. Keep circling his hiney until you feel him wanting to quit. Carefully let his straighten his body and make him stand for a minute. Do keep your hand forward on the rein with no pressure but ready in case you have to pull him around again. It sometimes takes two, usually three times to teach a horse something like this ie. If he does this, this will happen that's very uncomfortable for him. You must get a new helmet and trash your old one. It is illegal to sell a helmet that has protected a head during a fall.
    08-12-2011, 02:02 AM
Oh sorry, I didn't mean to sound sarcastic. I thought the other rider had an ipod on. I didn't know you wear one. I've never seen anyone do that at the barn. It just seems like a recipe for disaster. I can see how hearing music would be nice and calming but I think having external music is a much better idea. This way you can hear what is going on around you before they are too close.
    08-12-2011, 08:22 AM
You instructor should have taught you a defensive riding position in the saddle. It can stop you from being unseated quite nicely and can be put in use even as a precaution when a horse is approaching from the rear and you are unsure as to the outcome.
Hopefully he/she has already. If not ask them to show you. When I was learning to ride English many years ago, I rode down the road and the first thing my Uncle did (he owned the TBs) was show me a defensive riding position so I would stay in the saddle if the mare spooked. I thanked my lucky stars likely once a week that he showed me that. :)
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