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  • How to Stop a Bolting Horse – The Secret is in Prevention

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    Watch at: 00:00 / 00:00:20hi and welcome i'm caroline best of dowhorsemanship and today for the blog weare going tobe working with zoar we'll show you theor in a minuteso welcome back to everything horses andWatch at: 00:20 / 00:40morethis is lovey we're not gonna be workingwith lovey but we're going to be talkingand demonstrating about my specialtechnique for stopping a Bolton horse soZora and I are gonna show that to youbut what I wanted the camera to catch isWatch at: 00:40 / 01:00that he's laying down hi honeyso I just like to show everything hibabyI like to show the whole process of usgetting our horses and working with ourhorses and grooming them and tackingWatch at: 01:00 / 01:20them up so that you guys seeconsistently that we work the same waywith all of the horses and the horsesare the same each of these horsesresponds the same way even thoughthey're unique their own individualswith their own personalities ha look atWatch at: 01:20 / 01:40that beautiful boy look at yourbeautiful baby oh it's so warm and yourbellies full you're gonna be a lazyhorse we don't have much of a bolts withyou aw sweet peaWatch at: 01:40 / 02:00Watch at: 02:00 / 02:20all right sweet peaTamlyn come on Biggs so today I'm goingto be showing you with our bareback padand our bitless bridle which is reallyjust our rope halter and lead rope tiedWatch at: 02:20 / 02:40into a hackamore style as soon as hedecides to get up tell my bed but youcan lay down afterwards come on come onsweet peano I think your fan died huhWatch at: 02:40 / 03:00No maybe not let me see yep that onedied hi Rileyyeah it looked like it was on its lastleg don't just unplug it come on come onWatch at: 03:00 / 03:20sorecome on you're not gonna be much of avaulting horse today are you come onWatch at: 03:20 / 03:40bibscome on your mama's gotta get on yeahcome on babe come on let's get up yepWatch at: 03:40 / 04:00come ongood boy good good good good boyoh yeah beautiful boy I love you tooWatch at: 04:00 / 04:20buddyoh here comes our huggin our hugging in11:00Watch at: 04:20 / 04:40the coolest thing you guys I try to showyou in each of my videos with my horsesthen I have a lot of horses is therelationship and how that's gonna keepyou safe cuz they're gonna think aboutWatch at: 04:40 / 05:00you they're gonna care about youyou notice house or I've never done thatwith zorpthat's our first time ask anybody herebut it doesn't matter what the newexperience is he's gonna look at me he'sgonna see where I am feel where I ammake sure I'm okay before he goes andWatch at: 05:00 / 05:20gets upnow I have to spend about 10 minutes hewas beautifully cleaned before you laydown have to spend 10 minutes justgetting you clean now oh my gosh buddymy buddyWatch at: 05:20 / 05:40so yes today is hot in Florida in thesummer well fall at September it's inthe 90s or is not gonna be a Boltonhorse per se but we're gonna get him upinto a trot in a canter and show youWatch at: 05:40 / 06:00guys this amazing technique it is notthe same technique that everybody elseteaches as far as bending a horse to astop and we're gonna talk about that andwhen that specific technique is veryeffective and useful then being a horseto a stop and when it's not useful andWatch at: 06:00 / 06:20it's not gonna help you and save yousoar used to be one of the most spookyhorses I've ever worked with and riddenhe's in the unpredictable horse videosthe two videos on YouTube he was muchyounger that has a lot to do with it asI talked about it many years ago theWatch at: 06:20 / 06:40maturity level of your horse is notnecessarily aged just the maturity levelhas a lot to do with them processinginformation and thinking not to mentionthe work that my method produces myWatch at: 06:40 / 07:00training method this bar is getting theleft brain exercising the left brain -thinking side of the horse that's thekey right there is the group teacherworse how to use their brain so thatthey're not relying on their instinctsall the time that's part of it that'spart of the secret you guys that I wantWatch at: 07:00 / 07:20to talk about hi Sabrinayou do need a thinking horse to be safebut you need the relationship it's gotto be at least 75% that's what's keepingZoar here with me right now it's notbecause I hit him or I force him tostand here or he has negativereinforcement and gets in trouble everyWatch at: 07:20 / 07:40time he moves he's staying here becausehe enjoys it because he wants to be herethat is not a technique 75% of my workat least 75 if not greater is about therelationship it's not a technique butWatch at: 07:40 / 08:00you learn technique you learn skill setsthat are valuable and today we're goingto talk about some of those skill setsbut what I don't want you guys to thinkis that when you learn this specifictechnique of mine that that's gonna keepyou safe it's not just about thetechnique look how big this horse ishe's almost 2,000 pounds 18 hands youWatch at: 08:00 / 08:20can't stop him if he's bolting you can'tcan't stop him physically you cannot nowmaybe if you put a really cruel bit inhis mouth and you're a man and you'reten times stronger than meand you can pull that nose around butWatch at: 08:20 / 08:40the point I'm making is that's not meand that's not you most of us aren'tstrong enough to deal with a horse likethis we need to get his heart and hishead he's got to be thinking about usand he's got to want to be with usthat's number oneWatch at: 08:40 / 09:00I'm a bitthank you sweetieso while I'm gonna show you techniquetechnique is only gonna get you so farwhen hits the fan you can stayWatch at: 09:00 / 09:20there Sabrina I'm just working around toget this girth just right and thecobwebs in the mold oh I know yourmother hasn't written you in monthsmonthscome wake up PeppaWatch at: 09:20 / 09:40there you go good boyso yep he knows what I'm doing it's gotone year on me eivol on me loveWatch at: 09:40 / 10:00so when I was developing Zoar to be asafer horse I knew that it was gonnatake years of him just to grow upbecause he was four years old when I gothim I knew that he was going to maturelate be a late bloomer he's ten now he'sWatch at: 10:00 / 10:20at a great age for most horses periodandI also knew I didn't have the time anddedication to put into him because of mywork schedule I had that working againstme I had his age working against me hisWatch at: 10:20 / 10:40past experiences working against mebut I knew that if I followed my owncurriculum my own foundation trainingand did what I could and was consistentall those things would come together andWatch at: 10:40 / 11:00they have me sweet boy all right I'mgoing to grab my water you're going tohelp meso let's see if I can get on look at allthis stuffWatch at: 11:00 / 11:20all these horses are taught to come helpyou no matter where you are especiallywhen you ride bareback thank you bignope we're not going that way son it'slike what is that noiseWatch at: 11:20 / 11:40my water Matiz used tookay in alt we go so yes I have athinking horse you guys you have to havea thinking horse you have to teach yourhorse to back up to light contact whichI showed you with Sundance in the videoWatch at: 11:40 / 12:00released not too long ago you have tohave these things working for you likedoing a turn on the haunches like I justdid you have to have this level oftechnique or you're going to need a bigbit and you're gonna pull forever andthat's not the way I train and that'snot being safe so you do need to put theWatch at: 12:00 / 12:20time in to teach your horse some reallysome good skills meaning these horsesneed to know their leg yields how tomove off your leg how to side pass turnon the haunches turn on the forehandthey need to be able to stop with onerein and back up with light contact soWatch at: 12:20 / 12:40you have to teach your horse had tobecome responsive so again everythingthat I'm talking about is getting theirmind on you your horse paying attentionto the subtlety of your cues thesubtlety not that yanking and thepulling and the snatching around and bitWatch at: 12:40 / 13:00that causes pain and that's why thehorses respond Oh Sabrina we're gonnaget that love thank you thank youso doors awake now and alert he'schecking in with all his horses all hisherd hi babyWatch at: 13:00 / 13:20so yes Zor and I if I can reach that wehave all the skills and technique toside pass up to that gate and on andmove the gate which means I'm going tohave to pick the gate up with my footbecause a hair on my hand if I kept theoars oars gonna get itWatch at: 13:20 / 13:40Thank You oars oars gonna get it youguys again a thinking horsegood boy thank you love and we are goingto close it isn't that pretty cool so Ihave been a judge and a designer of someof the horse world expose obstacleWatch at: 13:40 / 14:00courses I am a working equitationinstructor so you bet every time Itrained horses and especially my own Iam working on ethical boy so what I'mgoing with that is I know how amazingand amazingly important it is to haveWatch at: 14:00 / 14:20your horse respond to these types ofcues again they're they're set up thesecues which can be in raining and injuresize to develop your horse to developtheir mind their partnership you want todevelop a responsive horse a light horseWatch at: 14:20 / 14:40that's the first step you guys tostopping a bolting horsewe all right there Thank You Biggs putthis here knowing that one of the horsesis probably gonna mess with it okay I'mWatch at: 14:40 / 15:00also going to I'm gonna put it up on theround pen and grab myself a dress sizecome pay attention to meter size whipand I'll show you guys why because we'regonna teaching you a couple of the stepshere on how to develop this not that Ihave to use it right now thank you bigwait wait waitWatch at: 15:00 / 15:20all right grab this little dimegood way okay so just like I showed youin my video with Sundance how to helpyour horse become light to contact andresponsive to contact you know this cropthat I have here or dressage with isWatch at: 15:20 / 15:40just an add-on I call it an add-on it'snot a teaching tool so an add-on couldbe your leg could be a cluck a smooch ora tapping of this whip and so when Iwant to teach my horse to tune in andbecome more responsive to the subtletyof my hands the lightness of my hands ifWatch at: 15:40 / 16:00I know that they're going to push backor push through and also there's so manyvarying degrees of this especially ifyou've got a more sensitive horse thatmight have had some really negativeriding experiences you're going to havetrigger points who have to be reallycareful with your aids because it mighttrigger them so I know that soar doesWatch at: 16:00 / 16:19not have an issue with the whip so Idon't have to work with that todesensitize him so to speak or to makesure that he's very confident andtrusting with me and the whip I don'thave to work on that but I woulddefinitely recommend that you do thatbefore you use a tool like this becauseso many horses had been been abused bythese whips the whips have been usedWatch at: 16:19 / 16:40incorrectly so you know my gosh you'd goto pick up a whip like this and this bigmonster 2,000 pounds is running sidewaysto get away from it and Zoar is so agileso this is a historical fact about bighorses draft horses they know innatelyinstinctively that their sizeWatch at: 16:40 / 17:00is a hindrance on some level they knowthat their size that they can pushthrough things they know that they canthat they're very powerful but they alsoknow that it takes them twice as long toget out of the way and to move whenthere's a threat so that's what makes aWatch at: 17:00 / 17:20horse especially this guy be able toliterally spin sit back on his haunchesyou guys do a rollback basically alittle perch Orlov odd and spin aroundand bolt the other direction he is sofast and yeah so you have to payWatch at: 17:20 / 17:40attention to a horse legs or you have toreally know this type of a horse or anyhorse that is predisposed to bolting forwhatever reason you have to work on thatwork on their confidence work on all ofthese things and then when you go toapply either the bend you want to bendthem you need to bend them we're gonnaWatch at: 17:40 / 18:00back up just a little bit more get outof the get away from the camera a littlebit so I do want to be able to at thehalt have a bend like this you bet I doabsolutely and I want to be able to bendhim down from a trot into an immediatehalt or a walk or small circle and we'regoing to talk about that but there's noWatch at: 18:00 / 18:20way when a horse is bolting or canteringthat you're able to bend them to a haltjust remember that you can't take thatkind of speed and shut it down into abend because you'll flip them over and Idon't know I've never been in asituation on a bolting horse where I wasWatch at: 18:20 / 18:40able to ever bend them the only thingthat's ever stopped me was a techniqueI'm going to show you guys now before Ishow it to you and then I'll explain ita little bit you just have to knowthere's a lot more work that goes intocreating this response from zoar andWatch at: 18:40 / 19:00doing this technique there's a lot moresteps and a lot more work and if you'reinterested you need to join my masterymembership program it's my start tofinishit's my foundit teaches you how to train your horsehow to start them or we start them andwork through a multitude of challengesthat will arise during the trainingWatch at: 19:00 / 19:20process I'm not going to get into all ofthat let's wake this big bloke up soagain you need to have a horse that'ssupple and light if my hands if youcan't back up with this light contactthere's a problem because when you go topool on a horse and they're bolting goodWatch at: 19:20 / 19:40luck they are not going to feel you andthey certainly aren't going to be payingattention to you but it's got a loteasier when a horse gets excited whenthey're this connected to you both inthe relationship and in the lightcontact it's so much easier for you tojust shut that door down like I just didclose my hands around the reins and lookhe already took a step back because he'sWatch at: 19:40 / 20:00already being taught or been taughtthrough a lot of conditioningconsistency and repetition how torespond to light contact and Zoar is oneof the toughest horses I've ever workedwith not only being a bolting horse butjust being thick-headed and you knowWatch at: 20:00 / 20:20there's a sensitivity and intelligencewith draft horses that's amazing butthere can also be a dullness to them andZoar came with a lot of prior trainingbehaviors really negative trainingbefore I got him as a youngster we spenta lot of time undoing those behaviorsWatch at: 20:20 / 20:40and whatever training he had endured itmade him worse when he came to me he wasvery dull he was very worried verystressed out very anxious good boy so Ilike that he's stretching and relaxed soyou're reading my horse my horse looksWatch at: 20:40 / 21:00really relaxed right now different thana high head set right so let's get himinto a bigger walk good just watch whatI'm going to do slide my hands down sitback and just pull that rein up you needto have this level of response to startWatch at: 21:00 / 21:20with at the walk so good boycome good come step pay attention to megood boy thank you so once we have thisgoing really well at the walk and I canWatch at: 21:20 / 21:40do three very responsive and fluid stepsback up steps three of them so here'sour halt shorten my reigns knows how Ishorten I don't pull one two three tapto get them to be a little bit moreWatch at: 21:40 / 22:00responsive to my hands come good goodyep good good all I want is responseright now I don't care how straight heis excellent good boy good baby good boyWatch at: 22:00 / 22:20so just to quickly review before we moveon you definitely want your suppling youwant to be able to turn this horse inBend him to the right and not have hisfeet move and you want to be able to dothat in both directions consecutivelythat's one in each we're going for twoto the rightwe're gonna go for two second to theWatch at: 22:20 / 22:40left and a third I want to have thisflexibility with my horse more he moveshis feet the more opposition he tells mehe has or the more uncomfortability hehas so horse that has a busy mouth orbusy feet has a busy mind so you need toWatch at: 22:40 / 23:00practice this at the halt and whileyou're walking before you ever add speedand it has to be done correctlycorrectly means you're not pulling onyour horse you're teaching your horsehow to respond to light contact andthat's why we have add-ons aids to helpreinforce lightness if you want to learnthis and more depth and really how toWatch at: 23:00 / 23:20train your horse or others I have myprogram it's for trainers and for horseowners alike good boy you have to havethis level of maneuverability becauseit's teaching the horse to think andteaching him to trust you at the sametime I'm a rehab specialist and aWatch at: 23:20 / 23:40foundation specialist I've gotten somany horses including Zora that couldnot focus on those types of cues and themore you pushed like juez or the morehe'd want to blow in bolt because ittakes a lot of trust to give you ahundred percent of that horses attentionand that's what I'm trying to reinforceWatch at: 23:40 / 24:00with you guys it's not all abouttechnique you've got to have thishorse's mind on you good boy and you cansee his eye and his ears on me so nowthat we have a good halt and a reallynice backup good booba we're gonna workon the truck and I'm going toWatch at: 24:00 / 24:20demonstrate to you how it should bebending a horse at the trot to a stop aswell as shutting it down complete haltandkena you're teaching horses as soon asthey feel this contact to not onlyrelease themselves from it which meansrelease back upWatch at: 24:20 / 24:40but to back up again this helps withhorses that have way too much go as wellas Boulter's and work in a safeenvironment so we're gonna pick up alittle trot here come on we've been offfor many months many months so aroundwe've got our circle come bed comeWatch at: 24:40 / 25:00please e good boy no I don't want acanter so here's our left bend left benddrop your other rein and Bend Bend sitback and Bend you don't need this otherWatch at: 25:00 / 25:20hand trust me with zoar when he wouldbolt I would be right here right JanineJanine's witnessed everything in thelast four years with this horse Ithought about getting rid of him trustme I'm like I don't need to get hurt andI'm not gonna cowboy you up not thatthat's where he was headed but I don'tWatch at: 25:20 / 25:40have the strength and I don't have thetime that this horse needed but I lovehim and it's worked and he's had thetime good boyhere we go again left me pull out outout into your thigh out into your thighWatch at: 25:40 / 26:00put your knuckles on your thigh that'syour best leverage good boy grant it ifhe's scared I am NOT going to be able tobend him there is no way and I'll showyou another technique that I've donewith many horses that have been postedon me and you can't stop them so I'veWatch at: 26:00 / 26:20got a loose rein so just watch I'm gonnabend them to the right but I'm gonnalean real far forward good and grab allthe way up here yep you better have goodbalance as a rider grab all the way upthere and pull that nose around and leanback gotta have a strong core you've gotto have a good balance and I don't evenWatch at: 26:20 / 26:40have a saddle on by the saddle I'd feeleven safer and I would be a lot saferboy after szura bolted with me the firstand last time i did ride in my helmetand my dressage saddle with him for awhile again we're gonna slide the handdown and pull out out out he's strongWatch at: 26:40 / 27:00that's why you don't want to meet ahorse this strong with a lot of forcethey'll get stronger and moreoppositional it's by nature it'sinstinctive got to teach these guys toget lighter and to get become moreWatch at: 27:00 / 27:20responsive to lightness it's the exactopposite of what everyone's teachingeveryone's get stronger use a bigger bitno teach these guys to get softer tobecome more responsive but you have tolearn how to do that you have to learnhow to do that he was not taught thatwhen he came to me as a four-year-oldWatch at: 27:20 / 27:40all right so now we're gonna do mysecret little technique here what are wegonna do okay picked up speed slide yourhands down sit back and grab look atthat that happened a lot faster thanbending him and I didn't lose my balanceWatch at: 27:40 / 28:00nor was I taken off my balance point bystretching and reaching down so thepoint I'm trying to make is a speedfaster than a walk and you go to bendthese horses to an emergency stop isonly going to get you so farif you have a saddle sure it's going tokeep you in place you're gonna feel alot safer absolutely I understand thatWatch at: 28:00 / 28:20but the point I'm making is with thesebig horses or if you're not strongenough and the horse pulls his nose inthe opposite direction you better beready to go and bend to that directionor you're gonna have to figure outsomething elseso let's now see this at the canerWatch at: 28:20 / 28:40we are both very out of shape you guysyes that is your friend Subaru so thisis not a social event my dear so come onlet's go come on ladyI know I knowWatch at: 28:40 / 29:00it's just way too hot here in Floridafor a big guy like this in the summercome on yep come on so we're gonna askfor a canter let's see how well we docut might get a little Bob just let itgo I'm gonna basically I just came to anWatch at: 29:00 / 29:20emergency stop in my seat and he stoppedbut he's also really out of shape andlazy oh come on big let's do that againso it's not pretty you guys good goodboy oh you big oaf okay good boy thankWatch at: 29:20 / 29:40you so I'm letting him go as if he's runaway with me a little bit we're gonna doa bend to a stop sit back sit back sitback so kind of went down to a trot to aWatch at: 29:40 / 30:00haltbelieve me I'm using my stomach likecrazy you guys he's pretty responsive ifhe really wanted to bolt like he didyears ago I would not be successful butbecause we've done this mental work andhe's grown up and we have a really greatrelationship it all helps I'm so sick ofWatch at: 30:00 / 30:20these professionals out there trying togive you smoke and mirrors trick youinto thinking it's just one simpletechnique it's not good boy I've seenyou get up and go out there prettybeautifully Bubba okay now we're gonnado my way a lot faster huh and what'sWatch at: 30:20 / 30:40cool is you've already seen himanticipating asking looking at me whilehe's cantering are we ready he's lookingat me I can see him looking are we readyor do you when are we gonna stop soyou're teaching that brain to when arewe gonna stop it she's gonna ask nowshe's gonna ask now does that make senseWatch at: 30:40 / 31:00I hope it's a lot more involved than youthink though okay let's go let's do theSelectgood boobie he's breathing happy been toWatch at: 31:00 / 31:20the left not every horse is is balancedAzure so good luck with thatoh he's exhausted already he's so out ofshape and let's look at my quick shortenthe reins again slide to hand downWatch at: 31:20 / 31:40shorten either pick up both or just pickup with one good boy thank you sweetthank you sweets is party you'reregistered name buddy you are sweet toogood boythank you good liked a buck but he's tooWatch at: 31:40 / 32:00lazy good here we go emergency stop myway yep you want your horse respondinglike that thinking about that alrightthat's a pretty quick video as IWatch at: 32:00 / 32:20mentioned thank you there's a lot morethat goes into it a lot more techniqueand development a quick review work onyour relationshipso your horse wants to be with you evenin the work even in the work we workhard but we work together there's alwaysa relationship that's going to be atWatch at: 32:20 / 32:39least 75 percent that's what's going tosave you the other is the technique butit's not just one technique the ultimatetechnique is slide your hands down liftup and you could teach a horse to becomeresponsive to this contact that's theultimate goal but there's many steps andbuilding blocks to getting this andWatch at: 32:39 / 33:00getting a horse that is so responsive toyour leg to your seat to your queues youneed that level of responsiveness thatengagement from your horse to payattention to the subtleties of yourrequest and then if I need to pop poppop couple little pups with the crop tosay hey don't be so lazy pay attentionWatch at: 33:00 / 33:20tome too this lightness alright if youguys have any questions please leavethem in the comments area or email mepersonally thank you may you always beone with your horseWatch at: 33:20 / 33:39[Music][Music]Watch at: 33:39 / 34:00you[Music]