Join Date: Apr 2008
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One-rein stop! I just did a post about this in another thread that I can't remember.
Here's kinda what I wrote:
So, I would teach your horse the one-rein stop. First, have your horse walk. Slide your hand down either rein (not both) and pull it to your hip so that your horse's head turns towards your leg. Keep hold of the rein at your hip until your horse stops and touches your boot/stirrup with his nose. Once he does, let go of the rein. (Some horses aren't that flexible so it's okay if he can't. Just make sure he's stopped.) Cue him to walk off again, then one-rein stop. If he walks off without your cue, stop him.
Once he's got it down at the walk, do the trot. Once it's down at the trot, then move into the canter. Only let him canter one or two steps at first and then one-rein stop. Gradually, you can let him canter out more and more. If he starts taking off so that you're uncomfortable, stop him.
So, when you want the horse to walk and he won't, one-rein stop. Then ask him walk again, if he goes faster, then one-rein stop. Same thing at the trot. Soon, your horse will realize that if he goes faster than you want, he's going to be stopped. So he won't go faster.
Last edited by FledgeOfNarnia; 05-22-2011 at 01:31 AM.