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post #1 of 7 Old 11-19-2011, 08:54 PM Thread Starter
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Question how to get a better woah on a very forward 4yo

i was told to get a noseband to help with this problem, are there any ways i can nicely do it without the use of extra tack to fix this lol? she has a good woah on the ground, very nice manners except the occasional "grass is more important than you mommy" moments. she is just a very forward horse, which is one of the reasons i got her, i enjoy that. but i also want a good woah. TIPS?!
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post #2 of 7 Old 11-19-2011, 09:19 PM
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Are we talking about a horse that won't slow down or a horse that won't stop? Those are different problems with different fixes.
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post #3 of 7 Old 11-19-2011, 10:01 PM
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Well, to get a good stop on my horses when they're young, I'll spend a couple rides here and there just riding at a walk, trot and lope and spontaneously asking for a stop. Once I get a stop, I'll back them a few steps and start again. This gets them anticipating the stop and listening to your body. But, I wont ask them to back every time, or else they will get the habit of stopping and then trying to move all the time.

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Slowing down. She will do it, but its too long of a transition.
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A few things you can do.

One, you can just let her cruise along at a fast speed--either a high lope, or a long trot, or whatever she is she's doing. Allow her (or if you have to, make her) continue at that tempo until she starts getting tired. Then ask her to slow down. Then speed up. Then slow down. She'll start listening to you, because she wants to stop now, as she's worn out.

Or, you could put her in something bitless so that you can pull on her without hurting her. Ask her to slow down, and pull/bump until you get a response. Give and take, pressure and release. This will take many tries, but eventually she'll figure out that it's easier to listen to you. Make sure, throughout all of this, that you are staying very relaxed and not inadvertently cuing her to speed up.

A supplemental strategy is to take her over rough terrain, ground poles, hills, etc, while also doing serpentines and circles and so on, both to make her focus on you and to concentrate more on where she's putting her feet than on how fast she can go.
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post #6 of 7 Old 11-28-2011, 02:01 AM
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I'm not going to tell you what you should or shouldn't be doing as I can't see what is happening...this article is a good read regarding your tack & how it effects your horse & some of the problems people have & the wrong things people do...it refers to dressage but the message is the same for any rider level...
::: Sustainable Dressage - Tack & Auxillary Equipment - The Bridle & the Bit :::
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Best way I found in a trot is to slow your rising, in a sitting trot, you almost want to tense your hips, not so you bounce, but so she feels it through the saddle-mine used to tank after every canter, after doing these excercises, she was rewarded and allowed to go forward.
Be careful you don't use your hands to slow her down, half halt to get her attention, but don't think you'll win by pulling her head to her chest ;)

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