Improving stops – Heavy on the forehand
I really need to get working on improving Bundy’s stops – He tends to prop with his front legs and throws me forward a lot of the time – Which doesn’t look to good in the show ring!
So, I need him to rock back on his hocks and stop with his hind under him – So I don’t get propelled forward. He does it occasionally, but nowhere near enough and not consistently.
I plan on working him and when I stop immediately back up a fair distance – If he is anticipating the back up then he should automatically bring his hind end under to set up for it.
The only problem is that I don’t want him to anticipate the back – Most workouts call for a ‘stop and settle’ which is a stop, and then a few seconds standing to settle the horse – Before any back up. If he backs in this time, we will lose points.
He is very responsive and light, and I don’t have any other complaint about his stops – he doesn’t lag or anything. I am just sick of not being able to sit to them!
So any other ideas? We don’t slide, but we do need an abrupt stop, which might have a little bit of slide, so maybe any reiners/working cow horse people? How do you get your horses back on their hocks for the stop?