My friend rescued a mare who was abandoned. She got the weight back on her, and fixed the hooves for the most part and she is sound to ride. Friends of the previous owner mentioned she was very well broke. I got on her (in a closed off arena just to be on the safe side) and she rides very nicely. Except when it comes to stopping, and I got thrown out of the arena when she almost collided with the fence. After I recovered, I talked to the same people. Apparently she was trained to stop by yanking twice on the reins. I tried it, and it worked. It is not very convenient though.
Anyways, my friend is now leasing her horse to me, and I want to try and work this out of her. If I pull back on the reins normally (as long as were walking), she will stop after about ten steps. How could I get her to stop normally? I figured just constant pressure on the reins, and she'll learn that the quicker she stops, the quicker I will release the pressure.
Any better ideas? Thanks.