Originally Posted by kitten_Val
May be it's not the best advice, but as people say better to canter her on your own (without the race) and not fast, and teach her to obey, before doing racing. In fact keep doing such racing will teach her it's OK to run, so she may bolt on you with no-stop in other situation.
I know bunch of people trying to use harsh bits on running horses. It ended up in horses bucking hard instead of bolting. Not the best perspective either... :(
Bravo Kitten, I agree. I had a hard time keeping Vida at a walk when my husband would be racing ahead of us on his horse. Earlier this year it was almost impossible to keep her at a walk. We worked on it all summer and now she will let them race ahead and be happy just walking along till I tell her to speed up. That's where the word "easy" became part of her vocabulary. I think its a better training lesson to keep a horse walking when the others around it are running off.
Besides Vida is faster than his horse and we always ended up running into his horses butt