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        05-04-2010, 02:03 AM
    I ride mounted games - We jump off at a canter/gallop and the horse needs to keep coming with us.

    Stopping when we are off or unbalanced would be a disaster!
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        05-04-2010, 02:46 AM
    My horse stops and looks at me like "What are you doing on the ground????"
        05-04-2010, 07:48 AM
    Originally Posted by RiosDad    
    I ride with long 7 foot western reins and always hang on to a rein when we go down and I have gone down many a time. I take my chances on being stepped on and will not loose my horse. It could easily mean his death.
    RD, IF you are strong enough to stop may be (and yes, probably for long western loose reins it's a different story as you have some space when you hold one rein). However I found it nearly impossible to stop/calm the horse with english reins if you fall and horse freaked out AND it to be safe for you (as in this case you are right under the hoofs). I don't think broken ribs and/or face bones will help much to deal with situation.
        05-04-2010, 07:59 AM
    I think the key word, Val, is English vs Western reins. Split reins make it possible to hold on to your horse but buckled reins are too short and could be dangerous. I do my best to hold on to my split reins when I come off. In the same token, my horses are taught to ground tie so that may be an advantage.
        05-04-2010, 08:13 AM
    Originally Posted by iridehorses    
    I think the key word, Val, is English vs Western reins. Split reins make it possible to hold on to your horse but buckled reins are too short and could be dangerous. I do my best to hold on to my split reins when I come off. In the same token, my horses are taught to ground tie so that may be an advantage.
    Oh, yes, I agree. I used split reins when I started my horses western. But since I switched to english riding, english reins come as a part of the deal. And I keep forgetting about split reins and the advantages they give.
        05-04-2010, 09:36 AM
    Sorry if I didn't clarify... I ride with long split western reins. I doubt I would try or even be able to hold onto the shorter english one piece rein.
        05-04-2010, 10:22 AM
    The start of this comes from a very clear understanding of the mounting and dismounting process. What that means is you don't move when I get on and you don't move when I get off. This must be clear on both ends. Once you have that in place you can begin to get off at the walk . The other piece is to not use the mouth to stop . Just hold on to some mane and neck for balance . When your foot start come out of the right stirrup the horse should begin to stop. When that works get off. Please don't try this until the horse is clear about the mounting and dismounting part. Then practice at a walk and work your way up to a trot. Just stop riding forward and get off. This will not work on a bucking horse ,they are too scared and excited at that point . Like Kevin pointed out you really don't want that around you. This is a foundation exercise that is worked in steps. When this is built in you will be able to get off ,or fall off ,and the horse will stop.
        05-04-2010, 10:24 AM
    Originally Posted by Skipsfirstspike    
    Ideally you should hold on to your rein, even if you fall off. Easier said than done, lol!
    Doing this once when I was younger in the middle of MT, on a horse that spooked, I went over his head, and he was nice enough to back up until I could stand up and he drug me through some really nice cactus. I had cactus from the top of my shoulder down past my thigh. And unfortunately I had to get up, get back on him (bareback) and ride back to the farm before heading home to pick all 5 million cactus needles out of my body.
        05-04-2010, 10:33 AM
    That makes good sense Little T, but we also need to consider what made us come off to begin with. If your horse bucked from fear or became spooked for some reason, then his instinct to flee may overcome his training. The training has to be extremely strong. It is going to take a lot of work to be sure that he isn't going to leave you on the ground.

    I'm nursing a couple of fractured ribs from one of my horses that spooked for some reason while we were on the trail in the woods across from my farm. I still don't know what happened, it was so fast but he stood there shaking from whatever he saw, still, he waited for me 10' away. I had to remount and ride home (it took 4 or 5 attempts to remount and he stood there even through the fear). That was all from training and confidence in me as his leader.
        05-04-2010, 11:24 AM
    A short note on the english vs western reins....Im sorta picky on my reins and as a trail rider it doesnt matter if they are split or not...one of my horses has split reins one doesnt because I like the feel of both sets, its just I like those individual reins on those particular horses.

    I will try my hardest to hold onto my split reins...I am not loosing my horses...in the same sense Ill try hard to hold onto the non-split ones too...but only if I manage to come off on my feet and I've done this twice now and its the only two times I've come off with non-split reins.

    Having english style reins gives you a mind set: I best not come off this horse...and if I do I best land on my feet...

    I think the mind set of landing on your feet can actually cause you to land on your feet...possibly a subconsious thing?

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