I use the circle method with my horses, but first, I teach them to relax with circles. I keep the nose tipped inside, just enough inside leg to keep the bend, and just enough outside leg to make the circles smaller.
I keep making the circles smaller until the horse stops, then let it stand for a few minutes. I do this a couple of times during every ride on my green horses. When I need yo use ot, they know what to expect, and I can feel the tension slipping away as they slow down.
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