How Do I Stop My Horse From Bolting?
There’s a thing called a one rein stop and it’s actually really, really useful. You just need to be kind of a bit clever to use it.
What you need to do is put both reins in one hand. That’s step one. Then move this hand down to here and then pull. Then what I used to do was drop that rein, put one hand here. Watch the video to find out!
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So, what do we do? There’s a thing called a one rein stop and it’s actually really, really useful. You just need to be kind of a bit clever to use it. It took me a long… I did have a bolting horse. It’d be great for a bolting horse because it teaches you things. But basically what it is a one reign stop. If your horse is bolting and you pull back saying, “Please stop bolting,” and you say, “Stop, stop, stop,” the horse has a lot of strength in his neck and his head, and basically there’s no… especially in a snaffle, it doesn’t matter how strong you are, you will not be able to stop a horse bolting just by pulling back. So, you need to get some leverage.
What you need to do is put both reins in one hand. That’s step one. Then move this hand down to here and then pull. Then what I used to do was drop that rein, put one hand here, good boy. He’s like, “I’m not bolting.” And then pull with two hands on one rein. Now, you’ve got to be careful. If you were the strongest person in the world, you might pull your horse over. Like if you’re super, super strong and your horse is bolting and you literally, with all that leverage went, “Stop now,” it might pull over. Most of us aren’t that strong.
So, when we do that, the horse has to slow down because now what’s happened, his neck’s come this way, and it’s really hard to go super, super fast if you’re really, really crooked. Then when you’ve got him that way and he’s slowing down, you pull a little bit more and you say, “I need you to slow down more,” and the horse eventually, well, not eventually, you’ve got control of the horse now because you’ve got control of the horses neck and then eventually you can stop the legs and you’ve got the horse in a small circle.
If he wants to bolt off again, he can’t bolt off if he’s in a small circle. So, this is a really safe spot, his nose on your knee, if he wants to go bolt, because to bolt he would have to get his neck out. Obviously it’s not something that we ever want to use. Obviously it’s not something we ever want to go through, but it is called a one rein stop for a reason, because it does help you control the legs because you can control where the body is and be able to get the result you want.
So, just to recap, this doesn’t work. Reins in one hand, go really close to the bit, pull with everything you’ve got, and if you need more strength, pull with both hands. Good boy. Hope that helps. If you liked today’s episode, make sure you hit the subscribe button so you never miss an episode. And remember, leave a comment on how this has helped.
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