Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Western Pennsylvania
I do this with Lucky everytime I stop, aside from trail rides. She has a bouncy stop from a canter (games especially) and it's really hard on my back.
The basic is that the horse will anticipate being asked to back, so they'll stop on their haunches instead of hopping to a stop. A lot of western sport riders (aside from pleasure, trail, etc) don't normally slow down before they stop (stopping after the horse it reaches a walk/trot, versus a canter or run..kind of like sliding stops, without the excessive sliding..ya know?), so it's usually hard on both the horse and rider when the horse jams its front end down instead of rocking back and using its butt to stop, creating a smoother canter/stop transition.
I might not have explained that the best..but I'm sure it's enough to get the general idea across.
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