Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Alberta, Canada
It will take some time but it depends on what signal you want to use for her to stop (body cues like seat & leg pressure or voice commands such as "whoa")
If using a body command, first you have to be very aware of your own movements & position before trying to teach her something.
For example, if you want her to stop by leaning slightly back & pushing your heels & tailbone downward (you can push your toes & legs forward as well if that helps) you would want to give her these signals every time before you pull on the reins and ask for a stop.
Same goes for if you want her to stop at "whoa" you say "whoa", wait a second & then pull, this way she will associate the shift in position/voice command with the pull on the reins & eventually she will halt before you even touch the reins.
It does take time though, depending on your horse.
I rode an old QH mare once that was really well trained at it. All i had to do was push my heels down and sit back & she slowed/stopped instantly.
You can practice this at a backup as well if you dont want to keep walking forward, stopping, walking, stopping ;)
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