No, no sarcasm at all.
I was just wondering what you would do is all.
I have never had it happen. I ride all the time with soft hands, no contact. I ride with my legs, my voice and a suggestiion with HEAVY reins. I hate light weight reins. I feel heavy reins signal you intent before you actually take up the slack. For neck reining the horse feels a heavy rein easier. For direct reining the simple act of moving the directing hand signals the horse. So I will use nothing but 3/4 inch reins.
While I can ride bitless, snaffle or anything else I ride alot with a curb, a tom thumb at that.
I recently switched to a Billy allen pelham and switch back and forth from snaffle to curb depending on the conditions I am riding in and the horse energy level.
Too often I have seen people who insist on nothing but a snaffle end up selling the horse because they couldn't handle the horse, it ran all over them. My suggest is TRY a curb, a tom thumb and just see if it helps.
I do not see a problem with trying something new, something with more stop to it. Keep your hands gentle but have something that you can use if the horse acts up.
A cheap Tom thumb is only about $30. A cheap experiment.
Even run aways I have never had one run through a bit, a curb bit that is.
For the ultimate run away, use your back, your legs and a good pair of reins, Yell WHOA and then use everything you got to haul the horse down as violently as you can. Repeat the run, again WHOA and hit the horse with everything you have. You won't need to do it a 3rd time.
Again this is not for the poster but for the extreme run away.