Originally Posted by MarkInEncinitas View Post
I should have seen/felt that coming and stopped it before she had a chance to accelerate. I admit I haven't been paying enough attention to the horses as I lead them and of course my reading of horses is still poor at best. Things to work on.
bingo!!!! Hey, your're "getting it". The only time in recent years I've had a horse bolt on me was when I got distracted by an incoming text message and glanced down to to read my phone... and the horse took off fast!
If I hadn't been distracted, I would have seen it about to happen.
These are big animals, they are strong, heavy, and powerful, we need to remember to give them our constant, undivided attention at all times.
Next time you will know, and if you see her getting ready, you can interrupt her thoughts by either quickly turning her around, or interrupt her attention.
Also, are you wearing leather gloves, the lead rope won't hurt so bad and you'll have better grip.
As far as the biting horse, keep your eye on him at all times. He's not being playful, and he needs correction every time, even if it is a sharp verbal correction the second you see his eyes or ears move in the direction of thinking about biting.