How to stop a horse..?
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???