I was wondering If anybody began teaching there youngsters to whoa under saddle by leaning back? Me and a few friends were watching a video recording a local trainer made. My friend Is trying to look for a trainer to help her with her 4yr.old green broke gelding. I was told about said trainer and she sent us some dvd's of her training sessions. We noticed one thing, now we were told she does any western event, but shows reining her self. So maybe its just some kind of riding reiners do?? Anyways, she sent us riding day 3 on a 2yr.old appy filly. When she was asking her to whoa she leaned back? I've never seen this before, I know the sit deep, slight lean to stop them. That's not what I mean she really "leaned" back, I thought for sure she would flip off the back. Has anybody heard of this before, we left her 2 messages on her cell asking her about it but she hasn't called yet. I'm just curious, If she's going to help my friend, Is this really how she should learn how to train her gelding? I've never seen anybody do It in the show ring either?
I myself start them out with the one-rein stop then I use my seat. I'm not lost In the reining world, the whole point is to use your reins with little fuss from the horse. Ok.. so since when does a "reiner" (lol), not use the reins, instead she about lays down on the horses back. Not only that, how affective could that be when the horse has only had 3 days of riding time? Maybe I'm looking at this wrong, but I was curious, when you ride western have you ever used leaning back as a method of stopping? If so, does your horse respond well to it? This is really bugging me because I don't understand, maybe that how she sits deep? By leaning way back, I'm not getting any reply from her so I thought I'd ask some other western riders.