"One rein stop is cruel/Not for English riders?"
I'm starting to feel that I'm maybe over safety crazy... My friend (the wife from my journal) has a new share pony. She's the best schooled share she's had, the owner rides and jumps her 1m+ and loves dressage. The pony is very forward but so far very responsive and safe. My friend is still nervous though, having only ridden 2 years and been a slow grower at that. She's petrified of being bolted on, even though she's never had it happen. It took her over a year to feel safe enough to try canter and she used to death grip at the trot for a while when she started just to give you an idea. She's better but still tenses and panic grips if the horse wants to move out. I taught her initially to spiral or circle inwards on her previous shares and she immediately felt better having some back up plan if a half-halt or halt didn't work. I merely asked the owner of her share pony if she knew the ORS and was sent a rather sharp email about how the one rein stop is extremely cruel and unconventional, not needed or taught in the English discipline and to never be in contact with her again :S I literally.... only... asked. She did also say that to stop a bolting horse all you need is a deep seat and half-halts - that my friend is not to attempt a one rein stop (fair if horse doesn't know it) or even circle her (what?)...
Well she's got a point, sort of. I've only personally met three people in person so far in England, UK that use or train the one rein stop, whether or not they call it that. I look online though and see a ton of English riders (as in direct rein contact) explain it actively. In fact, just for her, I did some digging and found dressage coaches/channels that explain the ORS as well so it can't be all that unconventional. Obviously the first steps are to train the horse (duh) and work on deep seat and teaching the halt/half halt etc but worst case scenario then what?
I don't know am I going crazy? Is it really that unconventional or just not an English thing? Or is it more that "finished" horses don't need ti because well.. they're finished so newer riders only see the end version halt/half-halts? :S