Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Eventing Country
• Horses: 0
Bolting can be very scarey, and I am glad that you are ok, and that your mare did finally stop. Bolting can happen for any numerous reasons, you'll just have to try to elminate each cause, to find your answer.
She could of spooked, she could be in pain *saddle, back, etc, etc*, too hot to trot and needs energy released, rider could be too loud while in the saddle, etc, etc, etc.
With the stopping, it's hard to think when something drastic like this is happening, but if you can work with yourself to remember what to do in situations like this, then you can nip it in the butt quicker.
I used to ride a lovely TB Gelding when I was a Working Student, and he loved to be frisky. That included crow hopping while out hacking and moving very forward, and at times, when he found an excuse, he thoroughly enjoyed bolting :P What I like to use is the "Eventers One Rein Stop" - I'm not talking about the common One Rein Stop that you see many do, where the horses head gets pulled around to where their nose is touching the riders toes......I personally do not like that particular approach, because I fear the horse is going to topple over while at high speeds.
What I was taught, was a different approach, and it works pretty good, and I feel safer doing it this way, personally. You have to teach yourself on how to grab the reins quickly. This is where you take the reins in one hand, while you quickly slide the free hand up its rein to make it quite shorter.
So, say you are riding your mare, and she takes off. Get yourself balanced, weight into your heels, over your feet, solidify yourself - then take your reins into your right hand and quickly slide your left up its rein. Once you get the rein in a short enough length, dig your left knuckles into your horses mane while gripping that rein as tight as you can, without compromising. And then take your right arm while gripping the right rein and bring your hand up towards your shoulder.
That puts the breaks on quickly.
When Nelson gets really "on the bit" I do a lot of different things with him, to get him thinking and back on what I am asking him to do, instead of what is around him or the weather or whatever it is that is causing him to be spunky.
Circles, Serpentines - never any strait lines. I do these with TONS of transitions involved. I try to stay quiet and relaxed while on his back, no tensing, no gripping, while I just keep his mind activated on the task at hand.
I hope you can figure this out!