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.