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post #1 of 10 Old 06-10-2012, 12:17 PM Thread Starter
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Stopping a runaway horse

I've read posts on this topic but none fit the circumstances that happened to me yesterday. Somehow, the bridle came apart (chicago screws I think) and reins had no connection to bridle or obviously the horse. So a one-rein stop couldn't be done ...

As I rode through the park and looked ahead for a 'safe' place to bail ... horse slowed only slightly and I bailed. Am fine and so is my mare ... was caught by nearby horse lovers on a road outside the park ... it truly does take a village !!!!
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post #2 of 10 Old 06-10-2012, 12:25 PM
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Scary. I guess you could try to grab the mane as far forward as possible and try to pull the head to the shoulder.

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post #3 of 10 Old 06-10-2012, 12:29 PM
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My horses will naturally slow down if I start to get off. Kind of like how a roping horse is trained. They don't do a sliding stop and plant their butts, but I did work at a trot/canter and slow gallop incase I need to bail. I just start dismounting and they naturally start to rate.

It's also where teaching a good verbal "WHOA" comes in handy.

I've never had to use it. Hope I never have to...

How scary for you.

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I've had a few instances like this before. Its a scary situation and I am glad you both are alright. Here are a few things that have happened to me and what I did when I lost the reins over my horses head (leaving the head gear and bit still on) I leaned forward, grabbed the sides of the bridle and pulled, or turned the horse is applicable. Then again my horse has a short neck, and wouldn't pig root me to the ground for doing this.

I have also had my head stall break leaving no bit in my horses mouth. If I had been smarter I would have neck reined in a circle until he calmed down and slower down, then hopped off. But I didn't know what to do just rode it out until he cornered himself and slid to a stop.

Then the most fun was when I was riding tackless in an arena and we were doing fine at a walk/trot but I knew we would not do good at a canter. Since Jake knew he wasn't allowed to break gait I had been confident that we would be fine. Well my horse tripped while trotting and broke into a canter, which ended up being a full out gallop around the arena. I had nothing but mane. I ended up leaning forward wrapping my hands around the top of his nose and pulling back. I managed to get him into a slow canter and I bailed.

I think the biggest thing is to get it under control if possible, if not, find the best place to bail. I think you did right. Some horses calm down and slow to a walk/trot once their rider is off. And You don't want to be on if your horse goes galloping into traffic or another dangerous situation.

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A lot of people like to have a small or thin rope halter under the headstall and tie the a lead line off as a backup when riding.

Some people have a simple neck rope around the horse and tie it to the horn of the saddle.

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post #6 of 10 Old 06-10-2012, 12:50 PM
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What a scary situation!

I think it is a good idea to work on additional stopping cues. For example, I've trained my horse to slow down to a stop when I make a deep, loud exale. Also, teaching the horse to respond perfectly to body cues and eventually riding bridleless (I suggest to do this only in the arena at first) helps in situations when the bridle is suddenly unusable. Also, training a horse to stop as soon as the rider falls might be a good idea. It has helped me in a couple of situations while riding, also - in trails.

Also, the calmer and relaxed the rider is, the more likely the horse is to stop soon.

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post #7 of 10 Old 06-11-2012, 09:28 AM
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If you still have the reins get it around the horses neck and pull back.I can ride my horse and stop using a peice of twine around the neck.
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If you are still having problems with the Chicago screws, dab a little bit of clear nail polish on them so they stay tight.
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post #9 of 10 Old 06-11-2012, 10:17 AM
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If your horses neck is short put yourself up in a two point and grab the headstall and try to pull back but if that doesnt provale try teaching your horse a voice command before you go out to ride, the money carriers back in the western age were only stopped if they here the word dakota so if theres a word that you usually dont use in sentances than try useing that as a key word for stop

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post #10 of 10 Old 06-13-2012, 10:10 AM
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When I ride out at parks or away from the barn, I always have a rope halter under the bridle with the lead tied to the horn of the saddle. It's backup, just in case you have an equipment failure like that. It's also nice if you need to get off and tie your horse, since you never want to tie by the reins for safety reasons.

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