Use flexion to survive spooking
Sometimes all it takes is a quick conversation with your horse to distract him from what he believes is a monster
For the London City Police, keeping your horse going forward whatever the situation is rule number one, and this also works for every horse rider. When riding out, a horse cannot have an ‘exit attitude’ to a situation. So, if your horse locks onto a road sign that’s blown over in the wind, then you need to react quickly. “We have to be quick to send our horses forward and keep that momentum going,” says Kim. “To do this, we ‘hug’ them with our legs and use flexion away from the hazard that’s distracting them. We try to keep their body straight to keep them going directly forward. If your horse locks onto something then it becomes twice as scary as it needs to be, and if his quarters start to swing out you’re halfway towards a turn, which is dangerous if you’re in any kind of traffic situation.” Sometimes all it takes is a quick conversation with your horse to distract him from what he believes is a monster. “Flex his head away from the object and wiggle the reins a little bit. It sounds silly, but sometimes it’s just a way of taking him out of the situation and focusing him on you again,” explains Kim.
When a horse locks onto an object, you must turn his attention back on you