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The entire story:
I used to ride when I was younger but I was never what you would call an 'advanced' rider - maybe intermediate.
I stopped riding for many years (stopped at 14 and didn't start again until 23).
I have recently been getting slowly back into the saddle through hire places that run trail rides etc.
I have been finding that I am finding it fairly difficult to pull up the horses.
Now, because the person that runs the rides considers me an 'ok' rider they do tend to give me the slightly more uncowoperative horses and saves the agreeable ones for beginners but I would really like to know some methods that would help me slow the horse down/stop it entirely.
The methods I have been trying:
Pulling back firm and low (keeping my hands down and gradually pulling them back).
Pushing my feet forward and away from the horses body while doing the aobve.
Trying to turn the horse (which so far has never been successful while doing anything faster than a walk).
Suggestions about how I should be trying to slow the horse down would be awesome.
I'm unsure if I'm failing so incredibly because I am doing everything wrong, or if it's because these horses are purely trail rider horses and they just...tend to do whatever they want?
Thanks in advance for any advice/critique about what I've already been doing.
If there's any further information that might be useful just let me know!