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[RC] was shadow rolls, now, riding the "big spook" - Ed Kilpatrick

ok, i have read about a lot of y'all getting dumped when your horse does the big spook.  i have a couple of ideas about working the big spook out of a horse, but i am not done with the experiments yet.  i will share when i am done.
in the meantime,  if you are getting dumped a lot due to the big spook,  be thinking about your body position on the horse, center of gravity, etc.  if you know your horse is capable of the big spook,  put more weight down on the balls of your feet when you are riding.  i work with lots of young horses, and have to expect the unexpected.  i probably put about 20-25% of my weight in the stirrups when the horse is walking, and that percentage goes up as the speed of the horse goes up.   too much weight on your seat puts you in a more vulnerable position to be unseated.  also, if your feet are too far back, and your horse spooks, you are more likely to get dumped.   another thing,  if you find that you are trying to hold on with your legs, especially your knees, then you dont have enough weight down in the stirrups.  until we cure the big spook, for safety's sake, learn how to ride it.       ed