When the young lady finally gave up I told her I could ride the horse for her. She was really worried I would be too hard on him but the owner of the barn assured her I would be gentle most of the time and rough only when it was needed.
I also told her she could accompany me but she had to stay well behind and let me outfront. I loaned her my old endurance horse.
I always ride in my own saddle. She brought her head stall which contained a rubber coated snaffle with weak reins. I told her to use it on my guy and I would use my headstall which holds a copper roller snaffle with good 3/4 inch long western reins, not knotted but free.
We headed out the lane way heading for the trails, her trailing about 50 feet behind me. A couple of hundred yards from home the horse exploded.
His idea of explode is a violent180 degree spin and a big jump back towards home. The instant he did that I pulled him hard into the ground causing him to rear, a normal reaction for him when pulled up was to the rear. When he went up I only pulled the left rein and when he came back down he was spinning to his left or back in the direction we were going in the first place. I slammed him with both spurs yelling at the same time.
He found himself lunging in the original direction. I totally relaxed and told him he was a good boy.
In another 100 yards we went to cross a railroad track and he did the same as the first time. Spin, rear and lung for home. Again the hard left rein and on coming down the hard jab with the spurs.
Again he lunged over the tracks and settled right down. I relaxed, told him what a good boy he was and we continued on our ride.
I ended up doing a 10 mile loop. Him being a long legged runner travelled at a nice working trot while my guy being a short arab with a smooth effortless lope ranged beside him.
I did ask her to move up beside him after about 1/2 mile and we could travel together, talk and she could see how I handled him.
I don't make contact with a horse's mouth unless it is necessary.
He thought about trying it again well into the ride but you could see him thinking and then changing his mind.
I had a good ride, a relaxed ride and the lady thanked me for showing her how to handle him and for the confidence ride she had on my old boy.
2 weeks later she was to marry and was moving away.
I never saw her again.