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Re: [RC] rein pressure and spooking - Elizabeth Walker

I agree.  There are a couple of other points --
       -- feeling light contact can be reassuring to an insecure horse.  It is 
the same thing that Nancy said, but a little different approach. 

       -- If I am in light contact, there isn't any take-up of the reins 
required.  If I am riding on loose reins and something happens, I first have to 
reel in the reins.  That puts me behind the power curve before I even start, 
and in a spook situation, you simply don't have that kind of time.  

I have been able to stop a mild spook (just last week, in fact) because the 
horse basically "ran into my leg".  The same thing can happen with the reins on 
light contact.  I had the experience with my old horse of having him spook,  
and kind of "bounce off" one rein, then "bounce off" the other, and stop in the 
middle.  I basically blocked a spook to each direction, all done within the 
time it takes to grab your breath.  Had he been on a loose rein, I would have 
been on the ground (well - in the stream, as a matter of fact...)



On Nov 30, 2009, at 2:31 PM, Nancy Sturm wrote:

What he was doing is giving the horse something to do, other than spook. For 
an insecure horse or one that spooks or you haven't yet developed the 
trust/experience bond with, riding WITHOUT contact on a loose rein and 
holding on to the horn is the worst thing you can do. You are basically 
giving the insecure horse permission to spook or buck or run-off or all those 
things that riders say their horses only do during certain times (my horse 
only acts that way WHEN ...)... What that really means is the horse isn't 
thoroughly broke and isn't ridden correctly.


Donna -

Excellent job of explaining!


Nancy 


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[RC] rein pressure and spooking, Donna DeYoung
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