Originally Posted by eliduc
We have retrained many track horses. The best way to prevent a bolt is to teach the horse to insticntively halt when you tell it to. This starts on the ground. It's the second thing you teach it under saddle the first being to move off your leg calmly. You teach your horse to stop reflexively under saddle by doing about three thousand half halts and halts. With high powered horses you have to be careful you don't buzz the horse up in the process. Space the halts and if your horse starts to excite you may have to circle and move on. The only effective way I know of to stop a bolt is to double your horse around. If it is going full speed that can be dangerous and some horses can run with their nose bent to the stirrup. You are a lot safer if you start your horse in a smaller working area like 60 feet square or round. You are correct in that you need a good road map of where you are going with your horse and how to get there. Most off the track horses are initially too much for any but the most experienced riders.
Thanks for all that info from your experiences! Yes I won't do anything for the first time in the open paddock, i'll use the round yard
and making sure she will halt STRAIGHT AWAY when I tell her to means she'll be listening to me even more and if she goes to buck/bolt I will be able to get her to halt. Definitely going to start teaching her this from the ground. Thanks alot