Colts trotting across the pasture.

How to keep a horse from rushing forward

Why do horses rush forward?

The answer to that question is easy, they carry 60% of their weight on their front legs, and their instinct tells them to run when they get scared. It’s scary to have a rider on your back.

Next question. What do you do about it?

First, we start colts free longe in a pen. Then we longe with a cord. In both methods, we stop them and turn them around when they speed up. When we finally find ourselves in the saddle, either with a noseband or bit, we turn them back into the fence when they speed up. Finally, we can begin to stop without turning back, each time they speed up, but always with only one rein. We used to call this a “double” or in Spanish “doble,” because that’s the word for turning around. Now days it is called the “one rein stop.”

Tune in again tomorrow when we discuss dealing with rushing forward some more.

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