I might sound crazy, but if your in an enclosed space (arena) kick them on!! It’s scary and feels like the opposite of what you should be doing but your horse will soon learn oh, actually, when I Bolt she makes me gallop round which is really tiring it’s easier to just not..😂 it worked with my Arab who used to bolt blind and now he wouldn’t dare because he knows it’s a lot of effort ...!
Also check it’s not pain related there’s nothing pinching or back problems.
If your not in an enclosed area, compose yourself, sit up and pull one rein
One rein stops are really helpful. You can google videos of these on YouTube which go into detail and show demonstration on how to do one. If you like this method you can practise them at walk, trot and canter so that if your horse bolts it is just second nature to do a one rein stop.
Turn in a tight circle as they will fall over if they are too fast and they don’t want to fall over. Also, you can pull and release pull and release over and over again as they are more likely to slow down if you are doing that than if you are just constantly pulling back. I know this can be hard if you are panicked and especially because it always happens so quickly so you don’t have much time to think. Also put your heels down and keep a deep seat. Hope this helps! 😁😁
Stay calm. My trainer told me to gently pull the right rein slowly until their is slack left she explained that with out there head in front of them it’s hard for them to run. But I’ve never actually used this tick so I do not know if it works.
It’s hard to rally think. Just go with your instinct and hold on!!!! Your going to teach you horse a better lesson if you stay on. Then they know they didn’t win that battle.
First of all try to calm yourself, and then try to calm the horse by stroking it on the neck and talking to it. If the horse bolted because it got spooked of something then, it to the exact same place while gently reassuring it that you’re with it.
It's good to occupy your horse about work, don't let him/her focusing on this what is frightening for your horse. It's also worth talking to your horse ;)
I would pull them on a cirkle or if you’re in a place with 4 walls turn their head against it so that pushes their body to the side and makes it hard to run