Originally Posted by DubyaS6
I always taught my horses a reining stop for several reasons.
First of all, while the ORS may work in a lot of situations, you are ultimately relying on the fact that you are going to out-muscle an animal that is stronger than you several times over.
YES. Agree 100%. There have been a few times where older, more matured (and muscled) horses have taken off in a frenzy and pulling their head around was not an option. I was actually pulled out of the saddle trying to one-rein-stop a 16 hand TWH gelding that had started to duck his head down and do these pop-rear/buck things (difficult to explain ... my boyfriend who is not a horse person saw it, and he pretty much explained it like that). The horse's neck power was so strong that he pulled me up onto his shoulder using leverage from the reins I was clinging to. Getting his head to my side didn't work... at all.