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        02-04-2009, 02:52 AM
    Yeah thanks..
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        02-07-2009, 09:28 AM
    Thanks for all the tip ,try and remember them if the time comes!
        02-07-2009, 12:29 PM
    One rein stops are your absolute best option. BUT, They MUST be controlled, if you yank suddenly/or to too harshly you can throw your horse off balance (if they're really taking off like a rocket) and end up doing a header in the dirt!! Think big circle, not little circle....

    Also, I know this varies by horse, but our QH's have never bolted for more than well...about a 1/4 mile. They get tired and start to wonder why they were running in the first place. If you can't get them turned, hang on and think slow they can't/won't run forever.

    Scary and I don't like it one little bit.
        02-07-2009, 02:51 PM
    Hahaha Dumas'_Grrrl I tried to wipe away the bug in your avatar from my screen.

    Anyway, I agree with everyone else obviously, even though I'm probably a much less experience rider. However, I have a story of this happening to me, but it didn't quite end as well as yours! I was at a friend's house who lived about 40 minutes from my place and they had a couple horses, and told me that the gelding was pretty well broke, so I decided just to walk him around their place. They told me that he spooked at gravel, and their driveway was ALL gravel. I don't really know what went wrong, but he started to trot toward the driveway and I couldn't get him to turn around, so needless to say he trotted right on the gravel, reared up a bit, and bolted. I couldn't get him to stop so I tried to turn him in a circle, and he went with it but instead of slowing down headed straight back to the gravel and to his buddy.

    I saw him headed for this little shed and I knew he'd even have to duck to get under it, so I didn't know what to do but duck myself. I ended up with a scrape from the metal all down my back and by that time I just had to jump off before going and getting my back scraped again. It was terrible. I was so shaken up, I'm extremely cautious now!

    And I got the same response - "He's never done that before!" lol
        05-26-2009, 08:17 PM
    One of the ponies I school bolts all the time. It's scary! Sit up the best you can. If he pulls his head down, let the reins go with him but don't let go of them! Sit up and try to slow him down, but remember to pull and release, not just pull and make them more angry! Turning in a circle usually works. As for holding on, use your knees and do your best to stay sitting straight!
        05-26-2009, 10:12 PM
    Prevention is preferred. One rein stops do work if you catch them in the first few strides. Heck I had to do 4 just today when my TB became convinced there was a monster in the woods and wanted to go home. Anyway, if you're attempt fails and you find yourself on a bolting horse, I'd say bridge your reins so you have a little more to hang onto, take a little mane with it, and as other have said, sit deep, relax and try to ride it out.
        05-26-2009, 10:56 PM
    I train horses, and I train people to ride horses. The best thing I can tell you, is fight your natural tendency to squeeze with your legs/knees. MOST horses nowdays are trained off the leg cues, and if you squeeze, you will probably be telling him to GO!!! That is the cue for faster. Your seat should be deep. You should be relaxed enough to feel your seat bones hitting the saddle, and as said earlier, it's always better to lean back a little than forward. Natural tendency is to lean forward & squeeze - that will tell them FASTER! As they try to get under your center of balance (you move forward, they try to get under the more forward position, lean back, generally they slow down.) One rein stop is essential. Even if they don't stop when you use it, you'll redirect their momentum, and get them spinning, and worst case - you can dismount on the spin. The point of the one rein is to halt forward motion, even if they don't stop, they're not flat out bolting. Hope it helps. BEST thing you can do is find a good instructor, and take a few lessons. Good luck!!!

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