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I've yet to see a trainer, a professional, who looks elegant when a horse blows up. Doesn't matter if it's a bolt, a buck, a spook, a run out, a spin, doesn't matter a bit. Frequently the hands go up, especially if the horse has a history of dropping his head in preparation for a buck. If your horse doesn't buck and you're afraid he's trying to throw his head up to avoid the headstall (or bit for those who ride with one) then you can drop your hands to about level or just below the withers and spread them a bit, creating a 'funnel' to keep him somewhat straight. That's not real elegant either, but in an emergency, never mind the Chanel gown, you want down and dirty but effective.
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