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Video: Emergency Stop Using Pulley Rein

This technique can stop your horse if you find yourself in a runaway situation on the trail.

April 2013 Extra

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In the April 2013 issue of Horse Illustrated, Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA) instructor Teddy Franke explains how to keep your horse from taking off on the trail on the way back to the barn.

"If you find yourself in a runaway situation on the trail, remember to stay calm and keep your eyes up," writes Franke. "With one hand, grab your horse's mane. Use your free hand to pull his head in a circle. If a circle is not possible on the trail you are on, do a pulley-rein stop, planting one hand on your horse's neck and pulling the other hand straight back and up."

Watch how the emergency pulley-rein technique is executed in the video below from the CHA.


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Patti    Long Beach, NY

12/11/2014 6:28:22 AM

Nice to have another way to stop a run-a-way

Marion    Sussex, NJ

11/5/2014 6:24:11 AM

Like this idea much better than the one rein stop! Great for skinny areas on the trail head.

Galadriel    Lothlorien, ME

6/16/2014 11:28:32 PM

I used the one rein stop before and my horse almost fell over. It was pretty scary. However, with this method it may work even if my horse is a draught with a huge, strong neck.

Alicia    Concordia, KS

3/10/2013 9:20:35 PM

Does this also work for bitless, or only with a bit?

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