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    11-09-2011, 07:19 AM
  #31
Trained
^ you HAVE to ease them into it or you'll pull them over! Big circles in the direction the horse is set up for (you have to be able to feel your canter leads though, if you look down to check you will be off) and slowly easing into small circles as they slow up. Circles are harder than straight lines for the horse.

Otherwise pushing them on works really well. I had a pony that would bolt if I let him get too far behind the other horses I rode with and every time he did it I would make him keep going past them another 50 metres and then trot him back towards them, he would bolt again, I would push him past them again... it fixed him up real quick!
     
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    11-09-2011, 11:06 AM
  #32
Trained
I don't know where you guys ride that you can do big circles, but where I am that isn't generally an option... Unless you want to run into the highway, down the ditch, or into a tree. Although trees work for stopping horses too!
     
    11-09-2011, 11:09 AM
  #33
Showing
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Originally Posted by kevinshorses    
Any horse I ride that tries to bolt had better stop in about 2 strides because if it takes longer than that I'm going to stop trying to stop the horse and go to spurring. The runaway doesn't last long after that and rarely happens again. There is possibly nothing I hate worse than a runaway.
I should have read this earlier!!!!!! Would have saved me a lot of falls :P
     
    11-09-2011, 11:29 AM
  #34
Trained
Lol yeah the circles aren't always possible, where Monty bolted with me months ago it would have been into a 10 foot deep drain with about 3-4 feet of water in it, had we tried circling. But if he bolts with me at home there is room for circles - just not out. Out is where you have to just push them on and hope to goodness that they get over it soon!
     
    11-10-2011, 10:25 AM
  #35
Trained
I still wouldn't push mine on, but again this is for my particular environment. You don't have very long to go until you hit a road/highway where you need to stop and both of mine love to run. There's been plenty of trail rides where we are trotting/cantering/galloping for most of the ride (at least 80%) and they're always ready to go when I ask for it. Either one would run all day if I asked them. But that's why I've come up with a solution that works for my environment... Actually come to think of it Soda didn't bolt at all this year and Lily bolted once this spring and hasn't since. Hrm.. Success? I guess we'll see next spring!
     

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