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    10-18-2010, 06:34 PM
  #1
Foal
How to stop a horse..?

Hi,

I went on a trail ride the other day.. It was a the horses first time ever being out of the yard. She did wonderfully! A few teensy spooks but really nothing serious. I was following my brother on a dirtbike, and he was about 1km ahead (But still in view). He went up a massive hill and I followed.. The horse was walking up the hill for a while and she wanted to go faster. It being her first time out, I don't want to discourage her from keeping moving so I let her have the reins and pick up speed (I made sure to add a signal in there to let her know she was allowed and to make her think it was on my terms).. Anyway, she broke straight away into a canter and even managed to gallop up the hill. She was doing great, but I wanted her to stay cantering.. she's kind of young to be galloping up hill.
I kept trying to slow her, and it was almost impossible!! I could have pulled as hard as I wanted and she wasnt stopping. She did slow down and go back to trotting as we got to the top, but is it dangerous for her to be so strongheaded about stopping on a steep hill?? Or is it just really hard for a horse to stop? Is it anything I should worry about or train her off of???
     
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    10-18-2010, 06:38 PM
  #2
Showing
Stopping them going up a hill is no different than stopping them on the flat. If they are sluggish or refuse to, then it is a training issue. Have you loped her any other times? If so, how is her stop in other situations; a slow downshift through the gears or does she stick her butt in the ground?
     
    10-18-2010, 06:41 PM
  #3
Foal
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Originally Posted by smrobs    
Stopping them going up a hill is no different than stopping them on the flat. If they are sluggish or refuse to, then it is a training issue. Have you loped her any other times? If so, how is her stop in other situations; a slow downshift through the gears or does she stick her butt in the ground?

She is learning to stop faster but she usually stops in a second. She had been loped with a rider three times previous. I'm just really trying to figure out if its considered a problem or not.... I was thinking that maybe she couldnt stop??
     
    10-18-2010, 06:48 PM
  #4
Showing
Yes, it's a problem and should be addressed. You should have no more trouble stopping a horse going up a hill, down a hill, crossing water, or anything else than you do stopping them on the flat. If they won't, then it is something that needs worked on.
     
    10-18-2010, 06:49 PM
  #5
Weanling
Oh I doubt she couldn't stop. It sounds like you need to go back and work on your stop cue. A one rein stop is a good way to teach a solid woah. Start off at the walk, sit back on your pockets, say "woah", then bend to a stop. Wash rinse repeat until all you have to do is sit on your pockets. Once it's solid at the walk move up to the trot. Get it solid at the trot before you move to the lope and gallop. Also, how is she at backing up? I would get her good at backing up as well. Then every time you stop her go straight into a back up. Pretty soon she'll start to think woah means a back up is comming and will really start to hit the breaks.
     
    10-18-2010, 06:50 PM
  #6
Foal
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Originally Posted by smrobs    
Yes, it's a problem and should be addressed. You should have no more trouble stopping a horse going up a hill, down a hill, crossing water, or anything else than you do stopping them on the flat. If they won't, then it is something that needs worked on.

Well how should I address this then? She stops just fine otherwise. I mean, its not a sliding stop like my other horses, but she does stop. Should I take her back to the hill and make her stop a bunch of times or something??
     
    10-18-2010, 06:50 PM
  #7
Foal
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Originally Posted by Ktibb    
Oh I doubt she couldn't stop. It sounds like you need to go back and work on your stop cue. A one rein stop is a good way to teach a solid woah. Start off at the walk, sit back on your pockets, say "woah", then bend to a stop. Wash rinse repeat until all you have to do is sit on your pockets. Once it's solid at the walk move up to the trot. Get it solid at the trot before you move to the lope and gallop. Also, how is she at backing up? I would get her good at backing up as well. Then every time you stop her go straight into a back up. Pretty soon she'll start to think woah means a back up is comming and will really start to hit the breaks.

Oh, I should mention, she is trained for one rein stops.
     
    10-18-2010, 06:54 PM
  #8
Showing
That is one way but the thing about young horses is that little gaps in training that aren't apparent in slow gaits on the flat will suddenly become big gaps with speed or a different situation. I would go back to the flat and get her stopping hard there first. Walk-stop-back, trot-stop-back, lope-stop-back over and over and over until she's planting her butt when you ask. Every time you stop her for any reason, immediately back her up a couple steps then let her stand before asking her to move off again. A mushy stop will only get worse the faster you are going or the newer the situation.
     
    10-18-2010, 06:54 PM
  #9
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Western    
Oh, I should mention, she is trained for one rein stops.
Well if all else fails go to a one rein stop then :) If you don't nip their bad habbits in the but they can snowball quite quickly and get out of hand. Training is aslo a lot of muscle memory, and takes time and repetition to get down solidly.

I'm sure you'll do just fine. Good luck and be safe.

Also, I think it's great to follow a dirt bike (or any other object that a horse might find scary) out on trail, great confidence builder for them.
     
    10-18-2010, 06:57 PM
  #10
Weanling
Totally agree with smrobs ^^ Everything is worse with speed/new environment.

Even when you think you have the speed issue covered, the change in environment/stimuli can really throw a curve ball!
     

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