THE BOLTING HORSE
Dedicated to Jane Goodwin......
BRITISH HORSEMANSHIP CLAIMS ANOTHER LIFE
A teacher was killed when she was thrown
from her beloved horse
A school teacher died in a freak accident when
she was thrown off her horse - described as the "love of her life."
Animal lover Jayne Goodwin, 44, was heard shouting
"she's going" before falling
from her "flighty" six-year-old Friesian Kali on January 9 last year.
However, coroner David Hinchliff
said the mare had developed a habit of suddenly setting off before her
rider was properly mounted. "She put her leg into the stirrup, but
as she went to lift her right leg over, Kali
raised her head and set off at a fast canter."
Goodwin was heard shouting "Oh Christ, she's going" as the
God knows how Horsemen around the World can ever
influence the traditions of Britain, perhaps only shock tactics, so I
apologize. So much about their teaching equals Bolting.........
The failure to teach how to
Mount Horses WITH CONTROL
The lack of knowledge of how to
and to RETAIN THE INTEGRITY OF THE MOUTH
The 'Learned Helplessness' inflicted upon
their Horses, and
The priority being Lovely Uniforms, wonderful
Grooming, expensive Crops rather than HORSEMANSHIP!!!!!
The origins of the
bolting horse are always found in the “foundation stones” put on the horse by
the “Horse Breaker” or in the education process that shortly follows. If a horse
never ever gets a victory, it will never think it could ever remotely be
successful at an attempt. This is why “The One Rein Stop” is so important during
this imprinting process.
The true bolting
horse is rarely seen. Most are really not bolting but running through a rider’s
hands, bad brakes, major resistance, rider too weak, evasion etc.
The true bolter is
the horse that goes flat out in a straight line, brakes totally failed and no
possibility of turning the head or neck of the horse to circle it. It also may
run through fences whereas horses that are not truly bolting will turn or stop
at the last minute.
BOLTING HORSES are only 'run aways' or lack of control, fast Canters etc.
Many British Horses, suffer from LEARNED
HELPLESSNESS because they are NEVER 'off the Bit' and so never ENJOY their
Life or ride. They don't know what a PLEASURE ride is!!!!
Regardless of which
category you may be experiencing, there are certain things you can do to protect
your safety somewhat. These are:
Firstly applying the brakes. If
these do not work, give up on that quick and try to circle the horse. Both of
these things should be done immediately one feels they are in trouble but only
done for short time. Hanging off the head of a horse that is running away is
pointless and really only will cause you more problems. If both of these options
do not work, go to step two.
Throw the reins away totally. I
mean, release all contact on the horses mouth to a completely loopy rein. Sit as
relaxed as possible under the circumstances. This often has a completely reverse
affect upon a horse and suddenly shocks it into thinking that it has been left
to its own devices, it is the complete leader and it is making all of the
decisions. Often, this increased responsibility is too much for the horse to
handle and it will come to its senses.
Never jump off!! Why purposely
injure yourself when the future may hold a brighter ending? You jump off there
is virtually 100% chance of injury, stay there and that chance is seriously
diminished providing you follow the next pieces of advice.
Never sit forward. Sit back.
Throw your fee and legs out front like a “Cowboy”, have you toes up and be ready
for a sliding stop. When and if the horse comes to a fence or other obstacle it
has a few decisions to make. Stop at the last minute, turn left or right, jump
the fence or crash through it and possible fall. In three out of those four
options, if you stay there you will not be hurt and so your chance of injury has
been diminished by 75% from your jumping off.
Hold on to your safety strap,
mane, martingale strap or front of the saddle with all your might. Be ready for
the left or right turn and change your weight violently into the opposite stirrup to
counter balance against the forces.
Above all, keep your cool if
possible, DO NOT SCREAM, ever!!!!
at the end of the Day, well trained Horses and well trained Riders' DO NOT
ever experience 'Bolting Horses'
I sincerely hope
this never happens to you......the Tools for Your personal safety are found on