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!
Ooh Ooh I do this too
works great on my 16.1hh 8yo ottb... I learnt that myself though unfortunately.
Tayz- My boy has done that countless times, except he stays inside the paddock (Touch Wood!) the first time he ever did that to me I let him run it all out, then made him keep running around the paddock (yes with line still attached) then when he was dripping with sweat and heaving I stopped him, grabbed the lunge rope and made him carry on for a bit longer.. The next time he tried it he only got 20m away before he stopped and turned around, and walked his sorry butt right back to where I was waiting.
I have since learnt that it's easier(for me anyway) to hold onto the line as Faye has said, it gives you more leverage, I also put my front foot out and crouch a little bit on my back leg if I feel he's starting to get strong.. He has failed to pull me out of position countless times after doing that.. It's great.
And when he does pull against me for no reason then I throw myself backwards against him which is enough to unballance the big fulla and he slows down. (I have a video of me doing this if you want to see what I mean)
And Tayz, you did a good job with him, your reaction was fine.. If that horse wants to run, then he can **** well run till it hurts.. and in his case that was until he got through the first fence... So he probably won't try it again.
Was he edgy at all before this happened?