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  • Originally posted by MsM View Post
    Getting run off with at an early stage as a rider is usually scary because it removes that feeling that you are in control. Without a lot of tools to cope with such behavior, a rider will feel very insecure. It sounds like your daughter thinks of it as something particular to that pony and that will help her get past it. I still might have a word with her instructor after a while and ask them to pay particular attention to teaching her stopping techniques, so when she moves up to a more energetic pony she has some skill and confidence if it gets quick.

    I do draw a distinction between types of runaways. I had a QH as a teen that I suspect had been messed up with bad gaming training. He ran off with me many times! But he did not run blind and I learned to be philosophical about going in unplanned directions at a high rate of speed until I learned to mostly control him. But another horse at the stable I considered to be a dangerous bolter as he seemed to run blindly even though not afraid. I saw him literally run into a stone wall! No way I would get on that horse. I have had horses spook and run, but fortunately, I either was able to circle and regain control or could point them at a wall - they were not in a blind panic or determined to run.

    I did not have kids to make me more careful. Age seemed to do the trick...
    That works too

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