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    03-01-2011, 08:57 PM
Cues to halt :)

Hey guys!

So I'm having a I-refuse-to-study day soo of course I'm scanning endlessly through the forum! Anyway, I'm noticing that everybody has so many different ways of teaching and asking their ponies to stop, from pulling on both reins.. and pulling.. and pulling.. to simply a weight shift (we'd all like to think this is what we do ;) ) just curious what yours all are?
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    03-01-2011, 11:14 PM
Leg to seat to hand has been what I have mostly done but I am now learning and focusing how to use pretty much just seat. I think it depends on the horse you are on. A more trained horse will understand your seat better than a greenie! How about you?
    03-01-2011, 11:23 PM
To teach a horse to stop I teach a horse to backup first on the ground then on it's back, then we proceed to walk. Stop is to walk, as backup is to stop.
    03-01-2011, 11:49 PM
I sit tall, close my thighs a little on the saddle to create resistance, and exhale. He usually stops with very little rein involvement. We worked on it at the walk, then trot, etc. He slows down now the second he feels me sitting tall.
    03-02-2011, 12:01 AM
Well I started whistling on the ground when we were lunging for her to stop, as well as kind of bending at the waist. In the saddle (I only rode her once, and it was today...) I started whistling when I asked her to stop, then whistled without squeezing the reins and she stopped. Honestly, I'd only look to the reins as an "emergency" stop, or when I want an aggressive stop. Most of the time your horse will slow down if you sit deep and give them a low "woooooah". Certainly it's enough to down-shift from gaits.... I know at a friend's barn, the riders there exhale through their mouths (like you would if you were trying to fog up some glass or something) when they're asking a horse to slow down.
    03-02-2011, 12:26 AM
Tighten knee and butt (like you are holding in gas lol) and push deeper into the saddle with my butt. He slows with this quite significantly then I reinforce a little with my reins. My horse is young and really stupid and he needs the reins somewhat, my goal is that he will not, but I don't think he is getting any smarter any time soon.
    03-02-2011, 12:28 AM
Originally Posted by AlexS    
Tighten knee and butt (like you are holding in gas lol) and push deeper into the saddle with my butt.
Interesting description, but accurate in terms of proper butt movement!
    03-02-2011, 01:55 AM
Originally Posted by MyBoyPuck    
Interesting description, but accurate in terms of proper butt movement!
LOL Thanks. I didn't know how to describe it, as I just do it. So I did it in my computer chair and that's the best I could put it into words.
    03-02-2011, 02:14 AM
Originally Posted by AlexS    
LOL Thanks. I didn't know how to describe it, as I just do it. So I did it in my computer chair and that's the best I could put it into words.
HAHA. That's kind of how I would explain to middle schoolers how to play higher notes on the trumpet - "You need the 3 A's. Air, Attitude, and Ass." Referring, of course, to the fact you will often squeeze your butt cheeks together in order to "squeeze" out a high note.

It wasn't till later, of course, I found out that was actually the wrong way to do it. =/ Band teachers ruin everything! I rather enjoy clenching my buttocks together! ;)

PS, on a more serious note about horses, I know the exact butt-squeeze you're talking about. :)
    03-02-2011, 03:04 PM
I'm still working on a correct halt and back up for dressage training. Lol. My biggest issue is really using my seat to help tell the horse what to do. I first try and take a deep breath, relax, and send my weight into my seat. Close hands on reins, send the horse with my legs into a "closed contact" from my hands and rolls the forward motion into a back up. :)

That's how I'd like to do it. Once again, a work in progress! Ha

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