Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Spring Hill Florida
• Horses: 0
I think it was done for drama. If you're on a horse, and her back feels relaxed, and she's not fighting you, but tests you, does this sound like the horse is going to bolt??? I got on her because I realized that she only bolts with her current owner because they get into a battle where the girl is almost punishing with the reins. I would bolt too. The horse has been refusing jumps with her probably because of the battle with the reins on the other side of the jump.
I love Thorobreds. I like the sensitivity and their honest reactions. You can't fight them. I think on a bolting fighting horse, it's best to just keep them walking and softening and ask them for some figures, and using the same aids so they trust your communication, and not fight . If they toss their head and fight the rein, I just become a lump of clay and set my hands on the saddle so they can just fight themselves until they realize that you're not reacting to their temper tantrum.
I have many faults like any rider. But I've always prided myself in being able to get on any horse and let them decide not to fight or bolt because all I want is relaxation and trust. And I won't be dragged into a fight.
I think this instructor wants me to ***** foot around the horse so I don't set her off. That's not riding. "Don't put your legs on her or she'll bolt" is not riding. Horse should be comfortable feeling my legs right there.
I guess I'm running on here because I want to explain myself to people that can understand what I do, and see that the horse is improving and relaxing , and testing me less and less.