So Lacey didn't have very good brakes on the ground when I got her so I started stopping every few steps as I led her as I said "Ho" then had her back up. Well it got to the point where she'd stop as soon as I said "Ho" and I started combining it with lunging her and now she'll stop perfectly on the lunge line when I say 'Ho."
Today I decided to start incorporating it into ridden work since she's a little firecracker under saddle and I figured it'd be great to be able to stop her in her tracks with a word when she's tuning out the reins.
Well first I tried it at the trot and she was AMAZING! She immediately transitioned to a halt. Then I asked her to canter since she was being good and I felt like a good run...
Well we cantered around a few times and then without thinking I said "Ho"... Well she pretty much tucked her rear under herself and did a little mini sliding stop. I was totally unprepared for that so I got flung forward and she kinda turned her head towards me like "what the heck are you doing, silly?"
I love this horse, she tries so hard to do exactly what I ask for. Heehee