Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Western Pennsylvania
To stop a bolting horse that is already bolting, I agree with the pulley rein that was posted.
To stop a horse from bolting (that you feel before it happens) or throwing a full blown bronc fit, I prefer the ORS.
I taught mine a little differently though..I don't ask her to move her hindquarters..When her head bends past a certain point, she's expected to plant her feet and stay straight. I don't practice at a canter, but she stops immediately at walk/trot.
I start with teaching my horse to give her head to my boot or her shoulder (on ground or in saddle) and hold it there until I release her (no constant pressure on my rein).
Say I started at a walk..when I ask my horse to give, she is not to move a foot and hold her head flexed for me, I shouldn't have to hold her face, it should be given willfully. While I walk, I ask her to give and she stops as soon as she realizes that I'm not asking for a turn because there is no leg and gives her head. I have to pull a bit to get Her moving on the right path, but she understands that rein pressure with no leg means either stop or flex..in which case they go hand in hand.
From a trot..same thing happens. I pick up my rein with no leg, she stops and gives me her head until I release her.
Other than that..I'm not sure how to really explain it. But, that's why I train my horses instead of giving lessons, haha.
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Last edited by TaMMa89; 05-12-2013 at 06:50 AM.