Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Some times Llanelian - North wales, sometimes Hull in East Yorkshire (UK)
I'm amazed she got off so lightly. I too have seen horrific injuries from barbed wire, one resulting in the death of the horse.
I'm deffinatly not going to shout at you for letting go. You have no other option when 500kg of horse is pulling way. My young lads default reaction is to bolt and he has done it several times on the lunge if ssomething scared him. Mot recent reaction was to a shadow when I was lunging in the school under floodlights. Now It is terrifying enough when I have to let go in a nice safe enclosed sand and rubber school, there are still things he could hurt himself on in a school and still fences (post and rail) that he could run through! (he's done it in the past)
I always lunge him from his bridle and I always pass the lunge line around my back so that I'm holding the lunge line as normal with the correct hand but also have the very end of it in the hand where I have my lunge whip. It is a trick that was taught to me by my trainer for horses prone to bolt, it gives you a bit more leverage to haul them round if it is just a minor spook, however you need to be able to let go with both hands (instinct is to hold on with at least one hand) if it is a major spook a you cannot hold it and you don't want to get dragged!
RIDE your horse FORWARDS and keep him STRAIGHT