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post #11 of 28 Old 03-17-2013, 11:50 AM
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You know, this business about not running home... well, it depends. If home is the place where that's the end of the ride and now it's play time - ok, I agree. But I run home a lot. It's a heck of a lot of fun to coming careening into the yard and watching people's faces! :) However, only about 50% of the time does coming home mean that its the end of the ride or end of work, so my horse doesn't figure that running home is much different than running to the bush. Also, she has strong basic training and has never ever not listened to a command to slow down or stop.

So, I'm not recommending that everyone start running their horses home, just saying that, like just about everything else in the training world, things are never 100% true :)
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post #12 of 28 Old 03-17-2013, 11:58 AM
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To the OP -- I'm glad you are OK too. A gallop is awesome to ride, no kidding, but only when you expected it, allowed it and safety has been considered. Poor you.

Did you have any options to use a one rein stop or a pulley rein on the run? I don't think I would use a full ORS on a trail, but getting the horse turned a bit can help to slow things down and a pulley rein is an awesome tool. I would highly recommend to your friend that training for the pulley rein begin immediately.
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No I didn't try the one-rein mostly because I felt the trail didn't allow enough room for it, and also he doesn't really flex. When I had him in the arena my friend asked me to try "flexing" him. So at a halt I asked for his head once on each side and it was....difficult. He just has alot he needs to work on. I felt he stopped ok in the arena from all transitions I asked. If I knew he had a problem stopping I never would have cantered him out in the open. It was most certainly one heck of a ride. Not what I was planning on at all. I jumped off him as soon as he stopped back home and realized I'd gotten some adrealine rushing through me as my legs shook.

In an odd way it was both absoutely terrifying, and really fun. An odd combo, I think. I've done some pretty crazy things (sky dive, cave dive/rappel, zip lines across mountain tree tops, gallop on a crazy race horse to name a few).

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well written story! you could use that for a school essay. Edit it down just a bit , but the language is punchy and very good.
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post #16 of 28 Old 03-17-2013, 02:33 PM
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Awesome story! Coming from a person that did it all by myself as far as training went, I have ridden lots of horses at a gallop that won't stop. Even my gelding now doesn't have it down pat. He will slow down when by himself but if there is another horse there, the race is on! In no way is this correct or right. Depending on the horse it can be fun or painful. My sister's horse once ran her through a bush at a full gallop. Ellie came home looking like she had been in a fist fight. Black eyes and all.

Folks quit getting on her case. She didn't know what the horse would do. And sticking it was probably the safest thing to do. Riding out of control at a full gallop might be scary, but the thought of bailing off is scarier. That horse knows their feet, they'll do anything in their power to stay upright.

Also never ever running home isn't the answer either. I've taught horses to canter home on a loose rein, slow to a walk and then walk home on a loose rein. I'm working on that now with my gelding. He can do it by himself, just have to master it when riding with a buddy.
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post #17 of 28 Old 03-17-2013, 04:32 PM
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In an odd way it was both absoutely terrifying, and really fun. An odd combo, I think.
Yup, I know what you mean.
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post #18 of 28 Old 03-17-2013, 05:39 PM
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It's always fun, until someone gets hurt! I am not a fan on being out of control. I remember once I was in my fil's gelding a few years back and was running in the large pasture, turned into a gallop, still fine, then it hit me..................... I am no longer in control of this horse! I mean the horse slowed when I asked but there is a fine line between in and out of control at that speed!!!

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In an odd way it was both absoutely terrifying, and really fun. An odd combo, I think. I've done some pretty crazy things (sky dive, cave dive/rappel, zip lines across mountain tree tops, gallop on a crazy race horse to name a few).
I know that feeling! My horse bolted on me once (ONCE ) on the trail when I first got him and was idiot enough to take him out in only a sidepull (no bit)... needless to say I had no stopping power after he took off, and the trail was curvy! I had that same "should I jump off? this is so fun. this is HORRIBLE. I love this, and I might die today." feeling. Luckily with him, he was receptive to my leg even at a bolt so I could at least steer him! I finally stopped him once we had an open area to turn around, and maaan did he get it! To be fair, I was the idiot who forgot to swap into a snaffle after our bitless arena time...

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post #20 of 28 Old 03-17-2013, 06:20 PM
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I am also an advocate of teaching a horse to ride for home, in control, at any gait. I don't get this whole "avoid the issue and it's not there" thing. I don't avoid any other bad manners or safety behaviour, why this one??

Good seat, OP - lol!
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