Originally Posted by grayfalls
Yeah, I think that's probably my main issue. I think when I'm riding the poles I stay too concentrated on maintaining pace and getting over the poles without hesitation that I don't really think about stopping until after I get over the poles. I also seem to have a problem with sitting down properly and stopping -- more often that not I find myself elevated above the saddle when trying to stop because I am thrown forward by the motion, when I know instead I should be sitting deeply to cue the stop. What would you suggest in giving stop cues?
Give your normal stop cues but keep them on her and be sure to be sitting deep before you even make the first move.
Keep your hands quiet and steady, only moving them forward to follow the motion that will come with the horse adjusting itself. Don't throw away the reins or pull back.
Wait for the stop and don't try top stop in any one spot. Give her time to find the right balance to make the stop under her own efforts. If there is a breaking of gait during the transition don't try to correct by demanding it be done right away. Allow a few trot steps, it is no big deal in the beginning.
As a reward, lighten the reins after the stop is achieved. Prevents restlessness also.