Originally Posted by HooverH
Rio and Smooth...would explain your alternatives a little more? I ride Western loose rein, so they would most likely be a better option in an emergency. I can usually rest the tail of my (split) reins on my left leg when riding.
If you ride western you are probably riding with a curb anyway so the advantage is all yours and you don't need the one rein stop.
I rode endurance and rode with bitless for 20 years and then switched to a snaffle because is weighed less then the bitless and didn't rub his nose.
Anway using a snaffle and wanting to add leverage to the stop. I usually rode with the reins in my right hand and the left was free. If I wanted to add leverage I would pull back with the one hand and then using the other hand CLAMP the two reins against the crest of the neck.
The right is pulling back and you reach forward with the free hand and take the two reins which are against the neck already and clamp hard to the crest of the neck trapping the 2 reins short and hard to the neck. The horse tried lifting it's head and actually pulls on itself since the reins are clamp t said neck.. It just adds leverage. I would never do the one rein stop either. No room where I run and I would throw a running horse off balance anyway.
I got to hand it to you ladies that ride horses that you know can overpower you. I weigh 193 or say 200 and ride horses in the 900-1000 pound range and feel I can overpower them. I can push them around in a stall or any other place and once on their back with anything from bitless to snaffle feel I can outpower them so I have no fear of them.
You ladies on the other hand ride with fear knowing if they suddenly explode they can run off with you? My hat is off to you ladies and your courage. I don't think I could ride with that fear. I am a chicken at heart
I want to be in control of every situation. Typical man stuff.