Bolting While Being Led...

Discussion in 'Horse Training' started by TrickPony, Apr 25, 2005.

  1. TrickPony

    TrickPony Senior Member+

    Jun 18, 2004
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    Ok... let me preface this by saying I KNOW the problem is my fault. I've made a stupid mistake. Here goes:

    My gelding is a pretty big boy (16.1 and 1300 lbs) and his previous owner was a very small person. He's a great horse to ride but she let him get away with tons of stuff while being led (something I didn't know until I owned him for a while).

    99% of the time this horse is very easy to lead. He's got great ground manners when everything's calm. HOWEVER, if he gets worked up he will BOLT.
    (For example... he doesn't enjoy getting in the trailer, and if there's too much commotion he'll just take off in the other direction. If he hasn't been turned out in a few days and you let him out he'll just take off across the pasture before you can take off the halter).

    Anyway - this is my fault because I let him get away with it twice, and now the situation is out of hand. Both times it was while loading in the trailer. I was seriously digging in my heels being drug across a dirt lot. He would NOT turn around. It's starting to happen more frequently and I don't want this to escalate any more than it already has.

    Any ideas? Would a chain over his nose help in this case (or just make him upset?) If I can get him turned before he goes off in another direction I'm ok, but I want him to stop thinking that it's an option at all. Last time it really scared me because we were next to a road - and I couldn't help but think about what would've happened if he hadn't been caught quickly.

    Thanks for the ideas guys. I'm really upset with myself for letting this happen at all - I guess I just wasn't expecting it. :(

  2. horse_luvr83

    horse_luvr83 Senior Member+

    Feb 10, 2005
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    oh wow, that can be a hard situation. i don't see how it's your fault though if the previous owner is the one that let him get away with all that. it is a HARD thing to break. thank goodness my appy gelding has settled down so much, he used to bolt a lot as well, now, if i'm there to soothe him, he does fine.but that was just lack of my working with him for a while at first, so b/c i work with him more now, he is SOOOO much better to load and everything! i wish i knew how to help you more, but maybe a chain might help, but if he's like my horse, he'll freak out at the pressure, and pull harder and end up hurting himself more.( i learned that the hard way, and it only happened once)
  3. UnDun*

    UnDun* Senior Member+

    Feb 13, 2005
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    HAHA YES! i just went through this with on of the geldings at my barn.

    Megs gave me a SUPER idea,and it worked. Use the chain over his nose, and when he goes to take off...plant yourself and bring his head around fast. He can't run with his head to the side like that. What i did was i made a loop with the lead (chain attatched to the lead) so i had better grip, and also if he did get away he wouldnt step on the end and hurt his nose. This guy bolted through the gate, so if i was fast enough i'd quickly dally him to the fence.
  4. Cowgirl2135

    Cowgirl2135 Senior Member+

    May 29, 2004
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    I used chain if you know how to use them propertly.
  5. ladida

    ladida Senior Member+

    Mar 3, 2005
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    There is an article on practical horse man on this: Let me do use a chain, but only give a few pops (like 2 with a second inbetween) You need to wrap the chain around his noseband once also, so it isn't as harsh, but still there. Also they say keep your voice down, if you yell it won't help. Be consistant, don't let him get away with it one day, and then not the next. Don't get upset, if he is pulling give him a good yank, wait and see how he reacts. Stay calm so he will calm down or else he will react to you being upset. Also he is going to rush when you start to walk again, so be prepared to stop, back him up get him listening to you. As you walk just keep giving him little tugs to remind him that you are there, and to listen. If he is really energetic work him for a bit (if you are trailering for example). If he is crow hopping and such though, don't force him to stand still, walk briskly but don't let him bounce around. If you stop him he may rear because of all of the pent up energy.
    Hope this helps, if it is too confusing just PM me, I'm very willing to talk to you on the forum then do hw!
  6. Blistering Winds

    Blistering Winds Senior Member+

    Oct 15, 2003
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    Chain, or send him to me. LOL I've been dragged all week by a yearling colt learning to lead and be NEAR a person. A full grown horse is just my style right now! ROFLMAO

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