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How we teach a 'One Rein Stop'

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    03-28-2011, 08:21 PM
Dover Saddlery | Myler Comfort Snaffle Dee Ring Bit .

Yeah, that twist is pretty harsh, and it's very thin which also increases it's harshness. Here's a link to a milder version. Just wish I could find a fatter one.
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    03-28-2011, 08:42 PM
Originally Posted by MyBoyPuck    
Here's a link to a milder version. Just wish I could find a fatter one.
Yes, another skinny minnie.

One more thing you'll want to find out how your horse prefers it, Darla, is a straight mouthpiece vs curved, as in puck's link. Curved seems better, but always see what the individual horse likes.
    03-28-2011, 09:52 PM
Okay, whew, I'm glad I asked! I think I know what you mean now and I know I saw the one that MyBoyPuck posted at the tack shop here. I'll post a pic tomorrow of the one I get.
    03-29-2011, 12:58 AM
Originally Posted by bsms    
Then how does your one rein stop improve on pulling the reins back and saying, "Whoa"? In fact, how is the standard stop not an improvement over your one rein stop, since it keeps the horse looking in the direction he is going while stopping him?
When a ORS is done correctly a horse brings his head and neck down, and he uses his body correctly; back rounded, eventually hindlegs under him, etc. You as the rider use your seat to cue the horse, before actually grabbing up the one for me I sit down first, will breathe in (which gives my mare a few seconds to decide whether or not she wants to respond to my seat), and then I take up slack in the rein, if she still doesn't respond, then I take it into my hip. When implemented correctly, the horse begins to look for your seat cue, rather than the actual rein, and stops the way he's been learning (head/neck properly aligned, back rounded etc), rather than having to run into the bit. Once stopped, I also flex both directions, and then back up, just to continue maintaining the softness; that's a matter of choice though.
    03-29-2011, 01:21 AM
Originally Posted by mom2pride for me I sit down first, will breathe in (which gives my mare a few seconds to decide whether or not she wants to respond to my seat), and then I take up slack in the rein, if she still doesn't respond, then I take it into my hip.
After reading this and rethinking my actions, or 'non-action' I can see where I went wrong now. When the steer came bolting over the hill, my horse froze for about 1 second, exhaled, and paused. This is when I should have sat down, took a deep breath, and begin the one-rein-stop. Instead, I froze with him and waited for his next move. It was then that he jumped sideways and began to bolt toward the opposite direction. He even paused once again waiting for some sort of a cue from me, which never came. By now I was leaning forward, feet out of stirrups, and half way over the horn. I'm still not sure what made him stop because I know I had a death grip on both reins and he could have just braced against it and did what he wanted.

I know its not likely but I'd like to think he knew I was falling off and stopped so I wouldn't go completely off. (I can dream can't I?)
    03-29-2011, 01:32 AM
When in an 'emergency' situation, like a horse going to buck, or bolt, or a spook type incident, I do as the OP has just bring the rein in to get the horse to bring his head around and hopefully gain some semblence of control of his feet within a few strides. And if your training in the controlled areas has been successful that "should" happen.

In your situation, I wouldn't necessarily have been focused on the ORS as just getting his feet unstuck so you could get him 'thinking' again, rather than reacting. Not necessarily moving toward the steer, just moving his feet in circles, or 8s, whatever.
    03-29-2011, 01:59 AM
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I use a simple noseband, not a figure 8 or dropped noseband or anything that is that extreme or severe. I have just found that many very resistant horses, particularly those with big thick necks and very 'deep' mouths, will open their mouth wide in an effort to resist as much as they can. I do not even buckle a standard English type of noseband real tight. I just do not want a horse to be able to gape its mouth wide open. That only makes it easier for a bit to be pulled through the mouth and can make it take a lot longer for the horse to decide to give you its head like you asked.

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