Rider Is Being Criticized For How She Reacted When Her Horse Freaked Out

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This rider quite literally held on for dear life when her horse started rearing and bucking. He eventually seemed to calm down, but during the issue I was definitely scared they were both going to go over backwards. Now the internet seems divided. Some people think she did a great job getting her horse under control and others are criticizing her for not wearing a helmet and pulling on the horses mouth.

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Sometimes it can be hard to think and react perfectly when you’re in the middle of a dangerous situation, especially if you’re not a professional. Where do you stand? What would you do if your horse freaked out like this?

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  1. Venice

    Yes she should of wore helmet but something was wrong the horse was not liking the bit i would check the bit .. but the rider did pretty well riding it out what else could she do if a horse rears it is so hard to know what to do with your hands so you dont flip over yet have control over the bit too . This is a hard call.

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    • Anonymous

      This is not a hard call. Get the tie down off and quit reefing on his head. He was responding to the pressure the rider was giving, via tight reins. He was trying to get away from the pressure and the more she pulled, up he went…..take time to do the ground work and make sure the horse can flex and give without aid of a tie down.

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  2. Pony lover

    There is never any 100% fool proof way to get out of a situation like this. Some methods may work, others may not. She was very very heavy handed on the bit when he was rearing which would impel the horse to go completely over. I lean forward during a rear, pull my feet out of the stirrups and prepare to leap off. I had a horse flip on me (bareback) and luckily I was thrown clear. Good way to get killed if you don’t jump clear. There is no shame leaping off if you can. Bucking is a different story. That’s when you pull his head up but again or bend his nose to your knee, but nothing is 100% guaranteed to work with every horse. We shouldn’t criticize this rider. A horse is going to be a horse sometimes. She might consider shipping this one on down the road there are plenty of good safe horses out there. When a horse learns he can unseat his rider, it’s hard to train that out of him.

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  3. Anonymous

    ONE REIN STOP!!! Hello??? Doesn’t anyone train their horses this anymore?

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    • Anonymous

      One rein stop would be a terrible choice in this situation. That’s HOW horses flip on you. The better choice was to provide a totally loose rein and urge the horse forward. Horses can either go forward or up and down – the choice is yours, forward is generally a lot less likely to land you in the hospital.

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    • Anonymous

      I’m with you there, but sometimes they actually don’t give you time to think about it. And a one rein stop is designed to stop forward motion, doesn’t really do much when the horse is rearing except turn its body weight which would have tipped it over backwards. I think she did a great job. Also – no, us western riders don’t wear helmets. I know a english rider that wore her helmet every day, and the day the horse went nuts and threw her off, then stomped on her head… she ended brain damaged and unresponsive in a bed for life… is that better than instant death, I’m not too sure? I think this rider did a great job, the wrong move would have tipped it over.

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    • Jim

      That one rein don’t all ways work. I have a horse that would spin in the air when you used one rein.Not all ways a happy ending. HELLO

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    • Jo Johnson

      I think that is a big problem with “natural” training, they teach the importance of the one rein stop but not the times to apply it. If she was trying to really get him to stop she should have pulled her rein out and down. She may have been better served giving him a loose rein and trying to calm him. She did well to hold on though and I am only being critical in order to learn.

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  4. Face in the crowd

    Helmet is the biggest thing. But instead of pulling in the horses mouth or being very heavy handed, as the horse to move forward. It’s harder or almost impossible to rear when asking to move forward. Relax the hand and lean forward. Jump off if you can. I have had horses learn to pull this crap to get out of work and they just needed to be reminded that this behavior is not going to help. Proper training for horse and rider

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  5. rachelle

    Well,how many of us really wear a helmet? I don’t.i have been in her place many times.she wasn’t hanging on for dear life,simply hanging on,and I would not jump off as someone encouraged.this cowgirl did fine ! She stayed in the saddle and the horse did not win.do it again,and again and again,until he realizes she ain’t coming down til she’s ready.

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  6. Freerein

    This video looks like it was posted by “In horses we trust”. Trust is earned. I’m not sure the horse would say- I trust you. Both horse and rider are very reactive. In that situation one has to be more cool headed- I know easier said then done. I would of liked to have seen the 30 secs or so before this video started. I wonder if the rider was jerking on the horses mouth then which is what caused this to escalate.

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  7. Diane

    I don’t think that particular horse acted like he did for the first time. Knowing that, I would have either not ridden him without guidance or ridden with a helmet.

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  8. Anonymous

    The horse probably wasn’t used to a tie down, she seemed to be an experienced rider, though you can clearly see this horse has done this before, so personally I would have worn a helmet!

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  9. Marlouise

    I had a near death experience when a horse flipped over backwards and fell on top of me. I wont criticise her at all!!!! Not everything is always the riders fault!!!!! The horse that fell on me is a horse I was re-training for someone who spoilt him and was terrified of him. He went well for two months. But that one day he just fell over while I was mounting. So dont always blame the rider. Why would a horse flip after 2 months of great work? I agree about the helmet. But if you haven’t been in the same situation dont make nasty comments!!!!

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  10. FJ Thomas

    It’s easy to judge from a chair.

    I think she did a fabulous job of sticking with it & continuously reacting.The only thing I would change about her reaction would be add leg to push the hip during rearing, and move forward during bucking. But, it’s hard enough to remember your seat & hands when something like this is going on.

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  11. Carey

    The horse needs more ground work she was trying to pull his head around and he had no give at all. Considering he needs more training I’d say from just this the bit is to advanced. My horse used to do the same thing. The difference being I could pull his head around and ride him out. He hasn’t bucked with me in years.

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  12. Jo Johnson

    For heaven sake she is a grown woman and it is up to her any any other adult to
    decide for themselves if they want to wear a helmet. I don’t care what near death
    experience other have had stop being so damn bossy ( I do wear a helmet just by the way).

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  13. tash

    Lol she was perfect. Did what alk goid riders do when a horse does that. SHE SAT STILL and didnt do too much. Its THE only thing you can do when a horse flips out. Be as light as possible, stick with em, n show them u are relaxed and the same at the end. You are the rock. They cant shake you. They are safe.

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  14. pat

    she rode it out well….all I can say, you let a horse dump you doing that kind of moves they will do it again and again…..with the right preparation next time it wont happen again….oh.. and how are you going to give a loose rein when you are vertical in the air. I would really like to know….your body weight and gravity doesn’t make it easy….have been there

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    • Debbie Earhart

      My thoughts exactly. Give this horse a loose rein & you might be drug all over the arena or thrown mighty high. She did thee right thing by riding him out. My horse Cutter when he was a 3 year old started rearing about a foot or so off the ground when he was nervous or scared. But I always talked him out of it. Rode him with some friends on a pre fox hunt ride & he was really green. Some riders came in late & were running up to us so I turned his head so he’d be sure to see them. Well I didn’t turn it far enough I guess cause when they came running up past us he reared straight up out of fear. I came off & thought he was coming on top of me but he caught his self. Every one turned around to look as if I’d just fell off my horse. lol ! My friend came running back & said sorry I could have been your pickup man. Cutter’s 10 this year & made the best horse I’ve ever had.

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  15. Tammy

    She yanked him in the begging for whatever reason THAT was what was wrong..Kudos for staying on …but the horse was reacting to her abusive hands. Hopefully she will watch the video, and reconsider some of her practices.

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  16. Anonymous

    Meh, she did the best she could with what she had, no harm no foul, can’t get much better than that. Could a, should a, would a, until you are in that seat. Then it’s all instinct. She gets a thumbs up from me.

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