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post #1 of 11 Old 02-14-2020, 09:01 PM Thread Starter
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what to do when you don't have rein control??

Good thing, when Darcy left the gate open & the horses bolted down the road, Darcy had a shoulder bag, so I didn't have to walk home when we went & found them... If I relied solely on reins like some, & hadn't trained my horses to seat & leg aids, I'd have no control...
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That's why it's important to train horses to ride off seat an leg cues. Have bridle failure ,you got another way to control your horse.

I've had my bridle break when 10 miles from home. No way to repair it. Reins under neck and use of leg an seat to control.

Also teach all my horses to lead with just a price of baling twine around neck.

Can also just put my hand under there jaw an they lead that way too. Can do this with ice,who can be very reactive.

Gotta love the horses gate left open, is a oh boy we are wild an Free! 😂

Out riding my horse.
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Yeah, I was just about to get on my mare(bridleless) again after we'd ridden back from where we found them all in the neighbouring forest(if forest owners don't care to even respond to me about crap fences, who am I to stop horses wandering there??) when Darcy decided to canter off up a hill. Other 2 loose horses bolted after them. My mare really wanted to go too, so I let her... before realising that Darcy had left the gate at the top of the hill open & my yellow boy & mare overtook & disappeared down the road. My pony put on an awesome show in his irateness at being unable to go with them!
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Iím sure this thread will end up being a holy terror story to many - full of ďdo not try this at homeĒ moments unless one can really ride and has a very well trained horse, lol

One because youíre barefoot - oh wellll - lollol

Two because you broke your horse to where you knew you could get on barefoot, helmet less and use the strap on a shoulder bag for quasi reins

I posted in another thread about using leg and seat cues with my arms around my horses neck, when digging up a steep power line, bareback. Hoping like heck I didnít slide off before we got to the top. That was years ago, when my Arab/Saddlebred was still alive (RiP Sonny).

I also clearly remember the day I was powering up the embankment to cross the 4-lane Ramona Expressway in SoCal and my left rein broke. Let me say that Duke knowing WHOA! and listening was pretty important at that moment

I tied the rein back on with a piece of ďrepairĒ binder twine in my backpack and we continued the rest of our not-so-easy 15 mile ride to the lake with two other riders

Itís wonderful news you got all of your horses rounded up and back home. Iím sure it was heart stopping until you got them gathered up. It sounds like they were still pretty much together?

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I CAN'T ride 'em n slide 'em. I HAVE to lead 'em n feed 'em Thnx cowchick77.
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The open gate thing brought back a memory from 3 years ago. Dead of winter dark out ,yard, driveway were solid ice slicker than snot.

Doing chores oldest daughter left gate open, that goes out into yard /driveway. My old guy who had run of barnyard saw that gate was OPENED, and made a dash for freedom.

Being icy neither daughter or I were fast enough to beat horse to gate. I thought for sure that old yellow fool would break a leg. He went trotting down the driveway like no big deal. Slipping an sliding as he went. He was heading out to the highway he was FREE AN WILD.

I hurried got a bucket of feed and shook it. He turned around to come galloping back down the icy driveway! We can laugh about it now ,but in the moment I was scared to all heck.

I tell you that yellow horse was something else. Don't know what it is about a yellow horse ,but there all smart ,fast and Houdini's.

And I own another yellow horse, who's smart,fast and can open gates.

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Helmetless Walkin, I was yesterday but that's a rare thing for me, but I'll have you know that in all my years I've never ever had my bare feet trodden on while riding!

Nah it was more inconvenienc than heart stopping as we live on a quiet dead end road so it was just that we had to walk about a km to find them... & had walked a while before I thought 'duh one rope no helmets between 2 of us... Oh well.' Darcy got the rope.
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And yeah Rambo, I'm not superstitious... Except about yellow horses - I concur!
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And yeah Rambo, I'm not superstitious... Except about yellow horses - I concur!
Mine is Paints. Compiling all my really bad horse incidents, the majority involved Paint Horses, lollol
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...And I still tell - and scoff at - the story of a farrier that turned up early(before I started doing it myself) & so I rushed down the paddock with just a bit of balers twine & cantered my pally back to him, to have him say 'wow, never seen anyone do that before - but never, ever trust a pally or a buckskin!' I'd never heard 'colourist' comments before.

Actually, never before linked that comment to what came after - he left without being paid or finishing the job... when he bashed my(old, stiff) horse with his nips for leaning on him, causing the horse to jump forward onto me, and lameness for some time afterwards!
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I donít care what color the horse is - no- bashing - with - the - nippers - allowed:(

I managed to get a farrier run out of my county after he hit Duke with the nippers.

Duke was always the perfect horse to work on. He must have flinched a little that day. It was after five and the farrier had been romped on earlier that day - he had been drinking to squelch the pain in a foot swollen to wherehis boot wouldnít come off.

He took it out on Duke, who was his last horse that day. I read him the riot act, he had been shoeing Duke for many months and knew he was wrong. He apologized, I said I didnít care, it was too late - I could trim my own horse until I found another farrier.

He did worm his way back into my county after I moved out of the area - still the big drinker by all accounts óó-

This is a huge reason why I became insistent on early morning appointments and on Saturdays when I was working - any farrier is worn out by the end of a full day and can easily make a mistake - even if they have not been drinking:(
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