Join Date: May 2010
Location: Northern California
Grady had the most horrendous stop ever when I got him, he was rode in a snaffle he was happier with a halter/ hack but had NO stop with one. I was young and stupid and a friend told me to try a mechanical hack or a jar breaker most commonly called around here. I did use it correctly, but a couple times I know I used too much force. But after awhile he stopped on a dime... Now that I am more experienced I can now say My friend is an idiot for giving me such advice and I was one for taking it.
Getting my young horses to soften at the poll is the EASIEST way to increase a stop, that and every time you stop ask for five smooth steps back, this helps big time.
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