Has your horse ever run away with you; ever bolted, bucked or any of the things we don’t like for them to do? Did you know what to do and how to do it? The one rein stop, I believe, is THE MOST IMPORTANT move you need to know when riding a horse. It is the emergency brake for your horse.
Thousands of people get hurt when riding horses because they don’t know this maneuver when the horse does some of these things we don’t like. If you don’t know it, you’re taking a huge chance with a 1,000 pound animal.
You and 10 people cannot stop a horse by pulling on two reins if he doesn’t want to stop. Pulling on the two reins tips the horse’s nose down, rounds his back and puts all the strength in the hind quarters. Pulling on one rein will cause the horses head to come to the side you are pulling to and will cause him to turn and begin to circle.
The next thing is to cause the hind quarters to disengage. This means one of the horses hind legs will cross over the other causing it to lose its forward power. Very important to know.
Best thing to do is to practice this perfectly with your horse until it becomes automatic and doesn’t require any thought to complete. Thousands of them, on both sides of the horse would be great.
Teach your horse by asking with gentle pressure and when he gives to the pressure, release the rein. This move will help you safely control your horse and could possibly be the thing that saves your life.
Just beginning to learn about horses and learning to ride, have your instructor teach you this maneuver first, before anything else. It’s that important. If your instructor doesn’t know, get in touch with me and also get another instructor.