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post #1 of 26 Old 06-04-2009, 07:20 PM Thread Starter
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What is a "one rein stop"?

ok, i feel kinda silly asking this since i've been riding for so long. but i've heard several of you talk about a "one rein stop" that supposedly is like an emergency break for the horse if it takes off or something. i've never heard of it and i would like to know exactly what that is and how i go about learning it. i think it would be really useful for me to know in case i'm ever in a situation where a horse bolts.

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post #2 of 26 Old 06-04-2009, 07:29 PM
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I learned it from Clinton Anderson.
On the ground you teach give to pressure and get them to laterally flex their head to their side with light pressure.
Once that is established you move up to doing it in the saddle.
Then you build on it and teach them to stop and laterally flex from a walk, then trot, then lope. In essence you should be able to stop at any gate once you have this down to a "reflex" action.

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To build on what Barrelracer said, you are basically disengaging the hindquarters from the saddle by bending them and it is much harder for a horse to brace against pressure from one side that it is to brace against even pressure on both reins.
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Yep. What smrobs said. I learned it from a 81 year old 4th generation horse trainer ;) Been around forever.

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post #5 of 26 Old 06-08-2009, 08:50 PM
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Training ~ One-Rein Stop

This link provides a good description of how to do it properly. The one rein stop is GOLD!! This thing will save your butt every time. I have a willing but sometimes chicken OTTB. He can spin around and bolt in what feels like less than a second. Once I learned the one rein stop, I've been able to shut him down 100% of the time. It is such a huge confidence builder. I don't even get scared anymore. I just execute my stop and work through the situation. I'm not sure if the above link mentions it, but when you take up the rein, do it in a slow/steady manner to avoid any possibility of throwing your horse off balance. Most will stop as soon as they feel you taking up contact since they don't like the feel unbalanced anymore than we do. Do practice it at all 3 gaits in a controlled environment before testing it in a real situation. Most horses learn it very quickly.
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post #6 of 26 Old 06-09-2009, 08:53 PM
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Oh, and always remember to pull the rein to your belt loops. If you pull it any higher, like way up to your head it won't work in the proper way, and can possibly pull your horse off balance and cause them to fall on top of you.

But once you leanr the right technique, it can be a real life saver.
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post #7 of 26 Old 06-12-2009, 04:28 PM Thread Starter
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thanks for the explanation guys! appreciate it
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Like Qtrswade, I also learned this from a profession horseman/ trainer. Just wanted to add that when you do this manuvour you grab your rein as near to the bit as possible and place your horses nose on your knee, there must be no tension in the opisite rein, it must be loose or you have a bad two rein stop which your horse will brace against.
Don,t release till your horse is totally relaxed. You can also add to it by gently tapping with your foot to disengage the hindquarters.
I do this with my horse all the time, just to put him in his place when he is being disrespectful and not listening. Its a good wake up.
Also be careful as in the right conditions, you can take your horse off their feet.
There are loads of videos on you tube that demonstrate the correct way.
Have a go and let us know how you get on.
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post #9 of 26 Old 06-23-2009, 04:13 PM
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Just be careful though. If your horse is galloping or doing something stupid you can easily flip him over on you..I've almost done that a few times because I pulled too hard and the circle was too small. It's best to make a bigger circle. Really, any kind of circle is punishment.

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post #10 of 26 Old 06-23-2009, 04:31 PM
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Originally Posted by sunny06 View Post
Really, any kind of circle is punishment.
Any circle is punishment??

I don't think one rein stops work as well as many like to think. I had a mare spook and take off on trail. WAY too flexible of a mare. (all that cross training in dressage) Her head was at my knee and she was still running. I added my leg to circle her down and was able to achieve my goal of stopping her.
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