I lost my confidence in riding this year because of the antics of my cold-backed gelding. With him fixed and back to his lovely safe self it is coming back in leaps and bounds, however I do think it a good idea to try to prevent any incidents that would cause me to loose it again, so part of my schooling for him and for Delilah, my young welsh cob, is to teach them one rein stops. This gives me piece of mind as I know that no matter what the situation I will be able to safely stop my horses and remain in control. I suppose this is perhaps a pessimistic view, but I would prefer to be safe than sorry, and knowing I can stop no matter what really helps my confidence. Does anybody else plan for emergencies etc, or am I the only pessimistic one out there who doesnt entirely trust her rather flighty and excitable horses!!