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        05-14-2010, 02:17 AM
    Green Broke
    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.
    I agree. We cross a busy 2 lane road to get to the trails. If my horse were to get loose & run home. They could easly get hit. I'm actually going back to my split reins for that reason. I came off recently & it is really hard to hold onto barrel reins on the way to the ground.
    A lot of people around her ride with mecate reins for that reason, and tuck the one end in a pocket.
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        05-14-2010, 02:28 AM
    Green Broke
    Originally Posted by Silvera    
    Has anyone heard of an imergancy dismount? It is great for this. It's fairly simple to teach your horse. Like MacabreMikolaj said, start bareback. Ask your horse to walk then you lean out over their shoulder, when you are unbalanced ask for the whoa. If they stop praise them. If they don't, swing yourself off landing by their shoulder facing them and stop them with your reins. It is easiest if you have split reins. Keep doing this until they stop when you lean out over their shoulder. When they do stop move to the trot and repeat the process until they stop at the trot. I wouldn't suggest trying it at a canter as you may get hurt if you land wrong.

    Work on coming off and seeing if they stop when you unbalance yourself.
    I've done that in the arena & on the trail. Its actually one of them most useful things I was taught when I took lessons.
        05-14-2010, 02:47 AM
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    Originally Posted by Speed Racer    
    Riigghhht, 'cause if they spook and you fall off, they're going to stop and stand stock still, even though they might be freaked out of their tiny minds.

    Have you never heard of the Sacrificial Spook? The horse gets rid of dead weight (the rider), and high tails it away so the scary monster will eat YOU instead.

    My horses have bonded with me, but I'd never say something so ridiculous that they'll always stop if I'm a clumsy oaf and fall off, especially if they're spooked.

    Holding onto the reins isn't 'stupid', and it can very well save your animal's life depending on where you are at the time you come off.

    Of course, if you only do ring riding, then by all means never hold onto the reins when you fall. The horse isn't going too far, anyway.
    I have been that "Sacrificail Spook" -not fun.

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