Originally Posted by Cherie
Depending on where we are, our way to get a horse's attention off of something that they do not need to be studying is to give them a reason to concentrate on the rider or the place they are. I usually take one off trail and go through the roughest brush, dead-falls, rocks or ??? That is close by. Same is true if we are riding together and one of us goes ahead out of sight. We just go up and down steep embankments or into the rough.
If the horse is broke enough or there is no really rough ground, we go to 'leg yielding' exercises. If the horse starts to even 'think' about getting out of control or nothing else works well enough, I just take its head away and let it stand there with its nose on my knee. A really GOOD 'one rein stop' that has been thoroughly taught ahead of time is like having a 'off button' installed in any horse. If it works (which it does) in OTTBs that have horses charging past them, it will work in any situation.
Thanks Cherie. I didn't think to incorporate the one rein stop on the ground too during this type situation. I do it under saddle, but didn't think of it when leading. We weren't in a situation where there were other things to keep her focused on, but the trail itself. It was a wide open field where somone was galloping their horse at full speed. Then, even if the other horse was only walking and a half mile away, she could still see it in the distance and kept wanting to stop and watch it. The second situation was when we were coming around the corner and through bushes off of one trail to an open area and a rider was cantering by. I lunged her to try and focus her on me and it seemed to do the trick. I just wanted to be sure this was the correct way of thinking.