Originally Posted by bsms
Then how does your one rein stop improve on pulling the reins back and saying, "Whoa"? In fact, how is the standard stop not an improvement over your one rein stop, since it keeps the horse looking in the direction he is going while stopping him?
When a ORS is done correctly a horse brings his head and neck down, and in...so he uses his body correctly; back rounded, eventually hindlegs under him, etc. You as the rider use your seat to cue the horse, before actually grabbing up the one rein...like for me I sit down first, will breathe in (which gives my mare a few seconds to decide whether or not she wants to respond to my seat), and then I take up slack in the rein, if she still doesn't respond, then I take it into my hip. When implemented correctly, the horse begins to look for your seat cue, rather than the actual rein, and stops the way he's been learning (head/neck properly aligned, back rounded etc), rather than having to run into the bit. Once stopped, I also flex both directions, and then back up, just to continue maintaining the softness; that's a matter of choice though.