Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Southern California
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If you can afford it a trainer would be of great help for you, if not find people who know more than you and I am sure that most of them will help you out. Do not give up, just get help
Join up -- term created by Monte Roberts
While watching a wild mustang herd in Neveda, A young colt was acting up and causing problems in the herd. The Alpha mare chased him out of the herd, where she kept her eyes on him, the colt know better than to try and come back into the herd as long as the Alpha mare was keeping a constant eye on him, For quite a period of time he was left alone outside the comfort and safety of the herd enviroment. After a day or so, the mare figured the colt had been punished enough and so turned her back or side to the colt and did not look at him. The colt slowly made it's way back to the mare and the herd and corrected his behavior. Paraphased from Monty Roberts Book the Man who listens to horses.
It is the way a horse says, "ok, you are my leader, I am going to trust you, listen to you for my safety"
At least twice during a training session I do this, I leave him or her at a stand still watching me. I turn my back and wait for him to come up to me, when they have come to this point they always come up too you.
It works, but that is not to say if they get spooked on the trail that they will not bolt, it takes time and a lot of wet saddle blankets for a horse to always look to you for it's safety.
What you might try to stop the bolting is train the horse to stop when it is frightened.
That way on the trail it may get frightened and jump a little, but not run off.
And now for the bad news, If I cannot get lateral flextion on a horse than I consider that horse unsafe to ride. A one rein stop is the one thing that can possibly save your life. Get that down before mounting you horse.