Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Geelong, Victoria
• Horses: 0
If your horse does bolt, whatever you do, don't rein him up. Racehorses are trained to go faster with a tight hold. Seen it many times when a beginner trackrider reins up on an older horse and off they go for a hoon.
Learn how to bridge your reins, if he does go - bridge you reins, keep your hands DOWN (putting them up will make the horses head go up and just get him more rattled. Also you will lose even more rein contact) and push your knuckles into the horse neck. Hold onto the mane, it will help.
Squeeze the reins even few seconds and wiggle the bit in your horses mouth. That should get your horses attention back and focused on you.
If you have lost complete control, don't bail (you will get hurt) - just steer you horses around away from obstacles and other riders. Sooner or later the horse will get tired, part of it.
Before you even ride them, lunge them - get out some excess energy and work on voice control and brakes in walk, trot and canter.
I hate the myth that racehorses need time off - reduce their grain find out what they were like to ride. Only some need time off.
Also I hate one rein stops. Personally, you are going to have to keep the horse balanced and how are you going to do that when your horse is bolting. What even, you don't have enough room to perform it. I think its stupid, and I would use it on a racehorse or even one off the track.
Well, that's my thoughts anyway. =P