A ORS can be used to stop a buck or bolt before it even happens, so not necessarily for 'different circumstances'. I don't know how many times an effective ORS has saved my butt on a green horse, simply because he understands what grabbing up that one rein means, even when he is in 'mid flight mode'.
I have used ORS for a bolt in progress as well, too, but obviously you don't grab the rein right to the hip immediately; you MUST slow the horse down some by getting him into a circle first, then get him to use the ORS once he is slowed some; again, I have used it for the bolt too, but it has to be used differently than when you are executing in a controlled environment where the horse is calm and for the most part collected in his gaits. HOWEVER...if it is life or death we are talking about, as in this thread (where the horse is crossing roads in his flight), I would rather execute the ORS as quickly as I could, than to have the horse continue running and kill us both.
IF I am in an area where it is safe to make the horse run...then by all means, I will make him run, and make him wish he'd never taken off in the first place; but this is not always possible, so you HAVE to have a 'stop' procedure you can rely on as well.
"The ideal horseman has the courage of a lion, the patience of a saint, and the hands of a woman..."
Last edited by mom2pride; 03-30-2011 at 08:21 PM.