07-31-2011, 09:09 PM
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To slow down but not stop, move your body forward smoothly and slowly and stop all "driving" motions. Get about least even with the shoulder line, drop the whip point, and maybe even aim it away from the horse.
Use your vocal command to tell him what gait you want: "Trot" when he is cantering, "Walk" when he is trotting, "Walk" when he is cantering. I usually make the sound sloooooow and calm: "waaaaaaaa-aaalk," "Teeeer-roooot" and so on. You'll want to use whatever you find easiest and works for the horse.