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        02-19-2014, 10:04 AM
    No matter what other riders and horses are doing it is our responsibility to have ours under control. It wouldn't matter to me if there was a wild bucking bronco in front of me I'd still be able to walk trot canter or any other thing I would want to do it seems to me your looking for an excuse for your horses lack of control just my opinion
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        02-19-2014, 10:47 AM
    Green Broke
    Yikes, this sounds like a mess. Glad to hear you got it all under control!

    Nothing wrong with riding out by yourself! Especially if your friend is riding with a horse that they're not entirely comfortable on.

    Maybe check the fit of your bridle? Like Isuel (I think that was who said it xD) I've never had anything like that happen with a bridle either.
        02-19-2014, 12:42 PM
    I like to do recording to get video for VJ and DJ work I do as a musician and artist. I'm planning to record more video from multiple angles of the horse, if enough is recorded from the different locations then I will have in some sense the video Ora of the horse.
    To you perhaps you see nothing, to me its great footage that will help complete my project!
        02-19-2014, 12:59 PM
    There's a lot of things that contributed to the problem.

    You were riding with a timid rider who was not controlling her horse.
    She was trotting home instead of walking. A lot of horses will try to race home if given the chance, especially on a rider who isn't doing much.
    If your horse needs to circle then he needs more work on respecting you and being polite. He shouldn't be scrambling around on the trail (my own horse does the same so I know its hard to train out of).
    Splitting up on a trail can be very challenging, especially when one horse is going home.
    Your bridle shouldn't be coming off. Check the fit. That's incredibly dangerous and should not be take lightly. I recommend not riding with that bridle until the problem is resolved.
    Both horses need to be schooled hard on coming to a dead stop.
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        02-19-2014, 01:11 PM
    Just a side comment here. I did not appreciate the comment about riding with people who are inexperienced. You couldn't control your horse and so looked for something to blame it on other than yourself.

    Also as you are so experienced I hope you offered lots of help and tips on the ride.
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        02-19-2014, 02:09 PM
    I would say the lack of control came in when the bridle slipped off, not really any excuse for that happening, other rider or not.
    It shoud be noticeable I am slightly upset by the other rider, I do not blame her for my horse becoming panicked though our situation could have been handled better, even before the tack malfunction.

    One think I noticed about the bridle I haven't noticed with other ones as much is that it has a little give, its a tiny bit stretchy so even though it fits it could still need to be tightened another notch.

    I am sure I could have used any other method to slow my horse, the one I chose is the one I prefer. I rode my horse on the same trail again but got to do much more work, w/t/c with halts and pace changes, I had the opportunity to use every gait at its minimum and maximum, all of which I had wanted to do a few days ago but was just unable to do with the other horse and rider.
    One thing that bothers me is pulling back to slow a horse, I'd rather them slow on their own accord than me forcing it in them and I think letting them move freely in a circle where they can still move but have to on a shorter stride is a better alternative then checking them every so often, sometimes that can get horses angsty in my experience, and if they are close to home it can make them ticked so I just try to leave that out of my work and use a method that works better for me and gives me a calmer horse that has to think.
        02-19-2014, 02:31 PM
    Green Broke
    Did I miss something? I just saw the other horse walking calmly. Where was your camera mounted? Also when the bridle slipped off if you had the reins it still should have been around her neck so not sure why you were trying to get a rein under her neck.

    When I was younger I was galloping through a park and the bit broke in half when I went to slow. The chin strap then held the bridle together and the pony stopped by the pressure on his neck. My guess is you leaning and trying to get a rope around is when things went awry.
        02-19-2014, 04:17 PM
    Yeah somehow he flipped it over his nose! My camera is on the d ring on the front part of the saddle.
    The other horse is walking pretty calmly when he is in the lead, very cautious, this is why we decided not to try trotting more, he was acting up when we were.
    I have footage from the rest of the ride prior to this, but didn't feel it was worth showing that, I think the best part is this part!
        02-19-2014, 04:23 PM
    Filou means scoundrel in French, and him being a french saddle horse, I wouldn't put it past him how it managed to come loose over his head. He had run through the gate and up a tiny slope out onto the flat area before I was able to try to get the reins under him!
        02-19-2014, 04:27 PM
    Some of the bridles for sale are really just for the show ring. You need a bridle with a browband that doesn't slip, and a decent throat latch. Honestly, if you have to circle and slow down on the trails you are braver than me. I won't take my young horse out on trails until I can trust him.
    ALSO, please do NOT ride alone.
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