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    01-29-2011, 09:22 AM
One-Rein Stop?

I want to learn how to do it to give myself some assurance on the trail and such, and so I tried it yesterday. I reached down and *tried* to pull her head around to my knee, and instead of giving her head and stopping, she kept circling and fighting the pressure. As time went on, she got a tiny bit better about giving to it, but...she's a long way from actually stopping. Now I'm wondering: am I doing something wrong? Or is she just not giving to the bit properly?

If lack of responsiveness is the problem, what can I do to get her to stop fighting it, and give her head to me without moving around? Just..practise?

And if I'm the problem, how do you correctly perform a one-rein stop?
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    01-29-2011, 09:44 AM
Make sure you are releasing enough on the side you are not "pulling on". When I started I was not.

There is also nothing wrong with "winding down", and making the circles smaller and smaller. As you said, she is slowly, "getting it".

I also flex my guy at a stand still..just helps to keep him soft. And in the beginning, they do not know to bring their heads all the way around. Start gradually, and release (reward) the slightest effort on her part. It is usually the first thing I do when I get on-flex each side. Then walk off-and flex again. Just our routine.
    01-29-2011, 10:06 AM
Someone posted this a few days ago about using a pulley stop. It makes more sense to me than the one rein stop, which is worthless on desert trails - no room for a horse to circle. Fast forward to about 4:30 to save time:

Also, when young, I once pulled a horse's nose clear to my knee, and he galloped just fine that way - except he had no idea where we were going. I eventually turned him in time to avoid a barbed wire fence by kicking, but the idea of making a horse slow by turning sure wasn't working. That was when I was 20, and I hadn't ridden much (and later stopped entirely for 25 years), so maybe I was doing the one rein stop wrong, but it seemed to me to be worse than just a bolt. At least a bolting horse can see...
    01-29-2011, 10:17 AM
You may start on ground first: pull the rein and as long as it turns the head and "gives" release it. When he'll get an idea (usually doesn't take all that long), do it from saddle while just standing. Then on walk, then on trot.
    01-29-2011, 11:08 AM
BSMS - THAT is the EXACT 1 rein stop I was taught to use, by an Olympic Eventer - and have ALWAYS used that method. I highly prefer that 1 rein stop method FAAR over the other that is popular.

That is the 1 reins stop I have shown my Eventing Students and it works very well! I have used it and it makes the horse stop on a dime.

Thank you for sharing that video! I think that particular approach is safer than the other.
    01-29-2011, 11:18 AM
Originally Posted by bsms    
Also, when young, I once pulled a horse's nose clear to my knee, and he galloped just fine that way - except he had no idea where we were going. I eventually turned him in time to avoid a barbed wire fence by kicking, but the idea of making a horse slow by turning sure wasn't working
YES, that is the problem with the one-rein stop. It doesn't work in the situation it is supposed to be for, I.e. The bolt. Meaning it can help slow a horse if you teach them to turn their head and "disengage" the hindquarters when they are walking, trotting, or even cantering. But those are not dangerous/scary situations. If your horse has a flat out panic attack and bolts off at a dead run, it will not work unless you are miraculously on a super wide, flat area and you can do huge, wide circles that gradually get smaller until your horse slows.
I also like BSMS have been on a horse that was galloping madly with his head cranked around to the side. This horse KNEW how to give with his hindquarters and bend through the body. But he was scared and all that went out the window. It is amazing, they can gallop perfectly straight with their head on backwards.
I recommend learning the pulley/eventing stop instead. It has helped me stop bolting horses many times.
    01-29-2011, 11:22 AM
Yeah, that particular "One Rein Stop" is known at the Eventers One Rein Stop".
    01-29-2011, 11:25 AM
I think on bolters it's much safer to turn it into the circle rather than doing a true "one-rein" (because of the speed).
    01-29-2011, 11:26 AM
I think the ORS and the pulley rein both have their places. I use the one rein stop as a 'hey now!' when a horse is getting super fresh. Once the horse has been trained to understand the ORS, it brings them back down and is an easy way to give them a clear "No, that is not what I want, we shall stop and try again".

I use the pulley rein as an emergency brake. BO's Perchie mare is a bolter. A ORS on a 2000 pound horse can just get dangerous. She isn't exactly spry on her feet to begin with...crank her head around and she is clumsy *and* off balance. With the pulley rein, I can get her from full bolt to stopped in about 15 strides.

I think they both have their place.
    01-29-2011, 11:38 AM
Originally Posted by kitten_Val    
I think on bolters it's much safer to turn it into the circle rather than doing a true "one-rein" (because of the speed).
I don't know - I've seen a horse topple over when the rider did that particular stop, galloping at top speeds. After seeing that, I have never liked the 1 approach.

I used to ride a TB Gelding named Dodger - he loved to play games while out and about. Fox Hunting, Hacking, CC course. He would love to take off in a bolt, with some crow hopping. He did it once in a blue moon, but when he did it, it was enough to make your heart leap into your throat.

When I did the Eventers 1 rein stop, it put him to a halt, and a halt very quickly.

I've had Nelson bolt on me out on Fox Hunts, when - at, who knows what decides to make him spook and panic. The Eventers One Rein Stop makes him put on the brakes likity split.

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