Join Date: Jan 2014
Location: North California
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Bridle slips off face and horse takes off
I have been riding my horse in a side pull for 3 rides now (not very long but he is a fast to get it). He is much more responsive to my aids, its incredible. Yesterday however there was an incident.
I think the first and admittedly biggest problem I had was with the side pull, I've only used it a few times with him out on trail solo, never with others. It doesn't have a throat latch, so it slipped off. Equipment malfunction!
The 2nd problem I had is that yesterday I went out riding with a buddy who is still novice on a novice horse, and she was letting her horse get away with some stuff that isn't too bad but I prefer not to have to deal with, such as stopping to eat, becoming nervous then stopping to eat, him stopping and wanting to turn back, and her not being able to control him when trotting on trail.
We were riding along and everything was fine. She said she had to make it back quick because of her son, and I wanted to go riding longer. This was the moment stuff got weird, because we should have parted ways, but decided to go the longer way but just make it a little quicker by trotting. I think her desire to get back made for her communication between her horse weaken.
Unfortunately we weren't able to trot because she kept saying her horse wanted to bolt and was out of control. I'm not sure she knows how to keep her horse in control, especially on days where she starts off the ride by saying "I think I want to sell my horse he is too much for me." My horse is well tempered and seasoned and usually puts up with it, but today I think having the new bridle on made him unsure and concerned about the dynamics of us all. The other rider wanted to go in the font on her horse saying he will be calmer because he will be more cautious, which I was fine with, however he also slowed down our pace a lot, and I was having to do circles to slow down every couple of minutes. By the time we were nearly home I had to do one more circle because we were coming up to a fence only 1 person can fit through. While in the circle and pulling back and to the side the bridle slipped off and my horse who was already fed up a bit and confused as to why it came off decided to bolt and start running home. He gets nervous when he thinks he did something really wrong, he's also not barn sour at all I think he was just freaked out and thought he was dying poor guy.
I tried to get under his neck with the rope to stop him with the reigns but he ducked down and I decided he was out of control wasn't going to listen to me and decided to get off! Total unscheduled dismount. Then he started heading for the HWY, he made it across and over to a safer area, I am thankful about that, it was a busy holiday traffic situation!
I think I am just going to go out on trail by myself from now on, He's never done anything weird like this on trail solo, only if there's some other horse or person to get him worked up. Though I'd hate for this to happen when I was alone, I don't think it will. Its tough when your riding with an emotional rider, and you are just trying to enjoy your day.
I think I also learned some sort of lesson about using the right equipment, I definitely need to add a throat latch and double check the bridle to make sure everything else is where it should be. If there was a throat latch the bridle wouldn't have slipped off and control would have remained maintained.
The best part is I caught it all on video!!! :) I'll upload it soon since its undoubtedly entertaining to watch me tumble off and my horse continue to run away.