Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Olds, AB Canada
If you need to stop suddenly either try the one rein stop or you could try shortening your right rein a little more than normal and grabing a chunk of mane and brace your right hand on top of the crest, just above the withers, with your left hand shorten it significantly and then pull back quite hard.
I would only do this if your pony got too close to another horse to be in kicking range.
Try to do lots of transitions and circles to get him listening to you again.
And remember to breath! Sometimes when I am cantering a fast horse I tend to stop breathing and get stiff. Now I just pretend I'm a horse that is breathing/snorting... I know it sounds silly but it makes you take some deep breaths and relaxes your muscles a bit and I find it slows the horse down a little.
Horses are scared of two things... Things that move and things that don't.