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. Posted via Mobile Device