Originally Posted by irydehorses4lyfe
Haha!!! When my friend had a Clyde/QH cross, we went on a 3 mile ride to the local church Super Bowl Party...and she told me that Clyde's brakes were like a semi's...
He had a super smooth canter, and a trot you HAD to post with. BUT ask him to stop and it took a few paces!
I think that size plays in a bit but training is a lot when it comes to that.
I have a word specialized for an instant hault that I use with Caleigh. If for some reason I lose balance or if I'm ground driving or longeing (sp?) her and I need her to stop immediately, she knows STOP! Once, loud and assertive. If I'm asking for just a whoa, couple steps out and ease into it I say Whoa. Again assertive but STOP means slam on the brakes and don't move, where whoa means slow down and ease into it.
I have ridden many horses that don't just stop and only ease into and others that just stop no questions asked. So I think it depends on the training. HOWEVER, if I have her at a full gallop and I need a STOP she will trip if told to slam on the brakes at that speed and most like buckle and face plant. I'd prefer a safe moving dismount or one rein hault in that sort of situation. Just my opinion and experiences though.
Just remember horses of any size are powerful animals and if they don't want to stop for some reason it's going to take A Lot to pull that animal to a stand still. Again just my opinion and experiences.