Originally Posted by Barry Godden
Sorry ladies - ring training won't help enough.
Under certain circumstances a horse get super excited - hunting - fun rides. The rider will sense the horse's growing excitement and start to tense up - which the horse feels. The horse wants to run - the rider wants to take it easy. Conflict.
To run the horse at the canter or gallop needs the freedom of its neck.
So if it is restricted then the horse will take the bit (and the pain) and try to jerk the rider's hold on the reins. It will pull up - with its nose in the air and then down to the ground. The rider may come out of the seat but will certainly come off balance.
Once the horse has the freedom of its neck it is off.
The experienced - capable rider may welcome this spirit because it means that there is going to be a fast enjoyable ride. But the less experienced rider may experience this loss of control for the first time - for them it can be frightening.
You can't recreate this scenario in a confined arena - it happens out doors in open countryside. This "hunting fever" is catching - other usually placid horses may catch it.
To cope, you must be able to control your horse at the gallop.
For the fit confident rider then a few tips
Fit a hunting breast plate and running martingale.
Fit a much stronger bit - but nothing too complicated involving delicate hand control - I use a waterford.
And when out , don't ever let the horse off the bit - keep a firm close contact with the mouth at all times.
Wear a riding hat and if you have one a protective jacket
But this sort of riding is not for the inexperienced - but it
Can be fun for those who have a strong seat and who own a sure footed horse.
I don't know what western riders do - they ride long and low - for me that will give the horse too much freedom to move the neck regardless of levered bits.
I would not recommend that any but the most experienced riders go hunting or to hunting organised fun rides. In England they incorporate jumps into the circuit - which your horse will take even if you have never jumped before.
He is always a fast moving horse and I love that I finially found the horse I wanted I ride him in a phelum bit and he is fine in the canter by himself just against another horse he is competive he dose mind when we are moving out he will slow back down when asked and walk I just can't get him to quit throwing his head its annoying