How to Handle Yourself on a Runaway Horse

This is what you use only if all of my directions in "How to stop your horse from spooking and running away with you." have all failed. Your horse has run away...with you on him. What do you do?


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    You need to realize that you're in a lot of danger. Depending where you're riding, you could be seriously injured. Your horse could be seriously injured. If you're worried only about your safety, go ahead and jump off. But if you care about your horse, you'll want to know where he's going, steer him so he doesn't run into anything or get hit by a car or truck, so then you need to stay on.
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    One important thing about riding a runaway horse is that you stay on. Use your weight to balance, try to predict where he's going to go. Leaning slightly forward is a good idea. And depending how you ride, you may or may not want to stay slightly lifted out of your seat, so your balancing by standing in the stirrups. That doesn't work for everyone though and sometimes you can balance easier by having a deep seat and balancing using the weight of your top half.
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    If your horse is running toward something dangerous, it's most likely, he can't see it or doesn't know it could hurt him, like a road, or a tree, or a bunch of rocks on the ground that could tear up his hooves. You're on something that isn't going to stop until he feels like it. He's not going to listen to the breaks, but he might listen to the steering.
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    Warn people. If you are on a busy trail on a runaway horse you want people to know you are coming and you want them to get out of the way. The pounding of his hooves will probably be enough warning, but if you see someone, just let them know that you can't stop. Even if it means yelling "RUNAWAY HORSE" at them.
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    Your horse will slow down and stop eventually. But in before that time comes and he's running his legs off, it's your job to keep him safe.


  • Sometimes, after a horse has bolted, a few seconds after he has run a few strides, he will let you slow him down. If your on a horse that has bolted, it's a scary thing. You're going to want him to stop. Throughout his running, be diligent and keep trying to slow him down every so often.


  • Even though you are worried about his well-being, your horse won't be worried about yours when he bolts. Make sure to look out for things that could hurt you! If you are on a trail there might be low hanging branches

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