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post #11 of 48 Old 02-27-2019, 03:46 PM Thread Starter
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In no order. When i was on the grounf i tried to take a video when she was calmer. Not go to plan. So just took screenshots of the trail she ran us down and the offending tractor/mower thing that eats horses. I took her to an entrance so she could watch it in plain sight!!!
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post #12 of 48 Old 02-27-2019, 03:50 PM
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I think her handled this perfectly. Most people on a spooked horse that has bolted panic and try to bail off - leaving a horse even more spooked. I am sure this is out of character for her but for whatever reason (only she will know) things seemed different for her today. I am glad that you stayed on until you determined where to go off and that you were confident enough to get back on. Well done you!
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post #13 of 48 Old 02-27-2019, 03:52 PM
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Glad you're ok! These things happen, and you handled it very well! I have no advice to give other than ride her again soon, and often. You got back on, and are comfortable with her. You've formulated a plan for next time (I take it you couldn't turn her in a circle?). Go with that and conquer this!

Mind you, if it were me, I'd be happy to let others in the yard take her on hacks as often as possible as well as you riding her, just so she gets lots of desensitization, and gets some of that freshness out of her!
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post #14 of 48 Old 02-27-2019, 04:47 PM
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Wow, I lovehow open people are about what they're going to care about. Your horse bolted on you and you were scared for you life? Nah, it's no big deal unless you broke your back *insert intense eye roll* I honestly don't think there always is much you can do when something like that happens. Horses can experience a sort of blind fear that cant be cured but having a good gallop sometimes, I think it's in their DNA, and you guys stayed together the whole time until it was safe. A lesser rider may have reacted violently/lost their cool and caused some sort of injury to themselves or the horse in attempt to "control" the situation. Considering that no one on the trail got hurt, I consider that a situation well dealt. And now that you know this is a thing that caught it off guard with such an extreme reaction, you can work on it. Sounds like a fun time tbh. If you or anyone else actually got hurt I might have a different opinion, but this to me is what riding is all about. I feel rather accomplished when I can sit a good buck or bolt instead of always having a ride that goes by the book. How are you supposed to learn to handle these situations if they never happen? Its not bad training, its just reality of riding these animals lol I was watching someone at a local pony club event one time and this girl's horse totally lost it and she held on for dear life until he realized he was nearing a grassy patch; her mom got down the path to where she ended up ( we were expecting some kind of "you're never riding again" or "this isn't supposed to happen" tirade) but they both started laughing as soon as the girl stopped crying. That's good horsemanship right there lol I think as bombproof we like to think it's possible to get a living creature to be, they're still living and stuff is going to freak them out sometimes.

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post #15 of 48 Old 02-27-2019, 06:18 PM
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Wow, if that ever happened to me I would hope I would do as well. You were right to get back on and ride back. I'd be aware for both of you, next time you pass that exact spot, you might both be feeling a little anxious, so be on the lookout. I thought about everything you said. Maybe could you walk back to that spot on your own (I mean on your own two feet, not on your own on her) to see if you could figure out if there is something about the spot? At least with my somewhat spooky pony, I wouldn't be surprised if that happened. Sounds completely out of character for your mare, so really puzzling.
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post #16 of 48 Old 02-27-2019, 06:24 PM
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Also, love the pics. But what's all that green stuff??? I'm not familiar with it.
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Sometimes crud happens no matter how good your horse is. If you ride enough, sooner or later, some events will come together to be the perfect storm for your horse. So I wouldn't dwell on it too much. Just make sure you are aware and able to take control a little quicker next time if possible. But otherwise, "stuff" happens. It sounds like all is well that ends well........some bruises but not broken.

I have the most wonderful horse at the moment. She came to me because she spooked and dumped by friend and riding buddy. She rode the horse for 7-8 years without ever coming off and the horse scarcely putting a foot wrong. Then one day, the perfect storm of a goat came along and the horse spooked and she came off. She is a senior lady and that shook her confidence in the horse.

I guess what I'm saying is, as long as your doesn't have a habit of spooking and bolting, don't sweat it because it CAN happen but may never happen again.

The very best horse I ever owned dumped me I think 3 times in 10 years. He was actually a perfect horse for me and took awesome care of me. But one time I was fooling around and tried to get on him bareback and he got scared and I fell. Another time there was water running through a gutter and the only thing I could figure is the sound of the water running scared him.....he spun and I came off. Another time I was cantering him out in the woods and we came around a tree and there was a small bush which he jumped and I lost a stirrup and he bucked me off. That was the only time he EVER bucked and it was because I lost a stirrup and was probably flopping around.

Anyway, don't worry about the one-offs. Be aware. Try to be ready to gather your reins even if you are relaxed. But it sounds like this was a one-off situation that you handled well. I never had a horse bolt with me more than a short distance, at which point I either regained control or came off. So I applaud you for riding it out so well! I hate hitting the ground. So I don't think I've ever intentionally baled off a horse. But that doesn't mean I haven't come off a lot, just not willingly.
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post #18 of 48 Old 02-27-2019, 08:41 PM
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I'm surprised how stingy your barn mates were with sympathy. Honestly, that sounds like a VERY scary experience, deserving of a bit of sympathy. Just because you CHOSE your 'dismount' spot does not mean you weren't in a high level of danger on a bolting horse, down a public path. That mighty stingy of those people to not give you more than a stuck up sniff of the stuck up nose.

Gah! I hate that sort of elitism!

you did what you could. Bolts happen. You now know that riding alone out there is not such a smart idea. Next time, you might REALLY get hurt, or hurt someone else. Please find a friend to ride with.
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post #19 of 48 Old 02-27-2019, 09:11 PM
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There's seriously times it's better to ride to a voluntary dismount then just riding through it.
I've had my horse run at a freeway when the tack broke, and other instances where the horse got freaked out, I wanted off, and after that the horse slipped and fell which would have been awful if I decided to stay on.
Those times the dismount was semi-planned, but at some point your brain assess risks and chooses the least risk option, and I'd still consider that a voluntary dismount. Sometimes you just gotta do it.
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post #20 of 48 Old 02-27-2019, 09:47 PM
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Every horse has the innate capability of getting scared and running off, running through cues, no matter how well trained or bomb-proof. I've ridden with people who ignore safety rules because they "trust" their horse so much, but I have seen and heard too many times about horses that just suddenly have a moment. We just can't know what combination of sights, sounds and scents can be a trigger for a horse.

I wouldn't worry about your horse, but also be aware there are some natural responses from your own self you shouldn't worry about either. If you have a rush of adrenaline/butterflies/jitteriness when thinking about riding, getting on your horse, or when facing a similar situation in the near future, that's just your body being unsure if what you are doing is dangerous, due to the previous adrenaline rush.

I always realize my body's response is natural, and remember what I am doing has the same safety/risk it always has, and just ignore the jitterbugs. All that will go away if you don't dwell on it and have several safe rides to teach your body that things are OK again.

Usually I've also found that the second or third day is when I get the most stiff and sore after a fall, so that's normal too.
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