Originally Posted by MyBoyPuck
Yes, one rein stop is your fool proof bolt prevention tool. My TB recently explodes on a trail and wanted to go home NOW. It took numerous one rein stops to save my butt, but we got home safe. Teach it to your horse in the confines of the ring, first at the walk, then trot and canter. Then take your new skills out of the ring and give it a try. Little helpful secret. Your horse does not know you feel like you have less control of him outside of the ring, so don't tip your hand and let him know it. Do your one rein stops as if your were in the safe confines of the ring. All your horse will learn is that you can stop him whenever you darn well feel like it.
The bigger problem is sitting out the spin part while trying to prevent the bolt. I would suggest a nice, inexpensive synthetic deep seat saddle like the Thorowgood T4. I can attest as a 45 year old who could use some serious time at the gym that a saddle like that can be the difference between coming home mounted or kissing the ground.
I really, really, really, really wish I knew this before this past weekend; first time my horse has EVER bolted (into full gallop) because he saw a group of cyclists in bright neon colors (can horses even see color?) riding down the road. My horse rarely spooks at anything, and wouldn't you know, a group of cyclists puts him over the edge. This is also the first time I've ever ridden a horse that has bolted into a full run, so of course, I had no idea what to do. I thought about jumping off, but we were in an open area (thank God he didn't do this in the woods - seriously) so I just rode it out.
Everything you guys said not to do, I did, because I didn't know any better. He finally slowed down and it took me about 20 minutes to calm him down just so I could ride him comfortably again.
I will be practicing my one-reign stop IMMEDIATELY.