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post #1 of 9 Old 10-19-2011, 10:53 AM Thread Starter
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I need advice on braking a horse

My horse, Coco, is confused or reluctant to brake when I ask for it. The most common scenerio is that (from a walk) I'll pull back and say, "Whoa." She'll usually take a few slow steps, but when I release the pressure as she slows, she'll just keep walking. Then, usually, the next time I ask her she'll stop.

She also has a hard time slowing down a speed, and it takes a few seconds for her to slow down from a trot to a walk. Going from a canter to a trot is even worse - I usually don't even canter her, because she gets out of control and I fall off.

Please, I need help with this. I've fallen off six times in the past year (all of them because I couldn't control her speed); one of the times I broke my arm, and another time I landed on my neck/head/shoulder area. One of these days... Not good.

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post #2 of 9 Old 10-19-2011, 10:57 AM
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Sounds like you need to get back to the riding ring and do some lunging and work on getting your cues more clear and your horse more respectful.
If you're having so much trouble, it'd be advisable to get someone with more experience to help before you hurt yourself and your horse. If you're falling off at trying to get a horse to canter, there are issues on BOTH ends here.

I'd start from the ground up again, there is clearly something wrong with your communication/and/or amount of respect your horse has with you. I'd probably guess that it's both. I'm assuming you know how to lunge properly? If not, then again, you're going to need someone to help show you.

Edit (because I forgot LOL):

Controlling a horse isn't done solely by "pulling back and saying woa." You need to use your entire body, lean back in your seat a little, sit deeper, stop movement and give her a "woa" and THEN revert to using reins. I use my body to control (and then voice) my horse before I even think of picking up those reins connected to her sensitive mouth. If you're just sitting up there flapping your reins and voice around everytime you get scared that she'd run, I can't imagine you'd get a whole lot of response.
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post #3 of 9 Old 10-19-2011, 12:09 PM
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The first part, it looks like she is doing exactly what you are teaching her, slowing down. Is the command stop or slow down ? If you want her to stop then hold pressure till she stops, not till she slows down.
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I agree with Tianimalz. Although I don't know that longeing is necessary. I think some riding lessons are in order.
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post #5 of 9 Old 10-19-2011, 12:52 PM
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Originally Posted by Tianimalz View Post
I use my body to control (and then voice) my horse before I even think of picking up those reins connected to her sensitive mouth. If you're just sitting up there flapping your reins and voice around everytime you get scared that she'd run, I can't imagine you'd get a whole lot of response.
Thank You!! Totally agreeing wit that part especially!

Also totally agreeing, get someone with more experience!
If you're already falling off when cantering, maybe take a step back and get back on the lunge with a trainer?
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post #6 of 9 Old 10-19-2011, 03:31 PM
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You really need to get someone on the ground to help you with both learning how to stop better, and how to just ride. Blunt, I know. It is very hard to learn how to ride without someone to teach you. Besides, lessons are fun!
Can you get some lessons ON Coco?
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lunging isnt always the answer.how good of a rider are you?if you lunge this horse and teach it to stop,are you a good enough rider to sit that stop?sounds like you need some basic ridind lessons.
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Try teaching her whoah doing groundwork/lunging. And agreed with others, it sounds like a good trainer could help you loads. And, I would recommend getting some lessons from an instructor on a experienced horse so you can learn a little about stopping your horse with your body. Good luck

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post #9 of 9 Old 10-20-2011, 12:43 AM
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how old is this horse and what type of bit are you using?
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