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    09-16-2010, 04:11 AM
  #11
Weanling
Thanks guys.. Il give it a go. Never heard of it being done in UK. Learning lots of useful things.
     
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    09-17-2010, 01:32 PM
  #12
Weanling
I always taught my horses a reining stop for several reasons.

First of all, while the ORS may work in a lot of situations, you are ultimately relying on the fact that you are going to out-muscle an animal that is stronger than you several times over.

A reigning stop is when the horse stops using their hind end instead of their front end. You ask for the stop by placing your fist or hand on their withers, not by pulling on the reins. This is very useful for a lot of reasons. If anything ever goes wrong, all you have to do is lightly press on their withers to get an instant stop.

Its also very good for children since they are obviously not as strong and its great for the horse because you are not pulling on their mouth.

The way that you start teaching and implementing this stop is by first asking for the stop verbally (i.e. "Whoa") in a low tone while pressing on the withers and sitting deep in the saddle (almost over-do it initially, make it a big sudden sit). The horse will hear and feel you, but obviously probably not stop completely as they may not be familiar with "whoa" and definitely not with the pressing on the withers. Follow these actions up with gently pulling the reins and backing the horse with a good 3-4 steps.

Backing the horse gets them on their hind end and the horse will eventually start associating backing up when you ask for "whoa".

As your horse learns the cue, ease off of pulling the reins more and more. At first, even if it takes a couple of steps for them to completely stop, its better to not pull the reins if you can help it. Just be sure to always reinforce with the steps backward.

Eventually you will not have to have them backup everytime unless you are looking for a REAL reining stop where the horse sits and slides.
     
    09-18-2010, 01:50 PM
  #13
Foal
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Originally Posted by DubyaS6    
I always taught my horses a reining stop for several reasons.

First of all, while the ORS may work in a lot of situations, you are ultimately relying on the fact that you are going to out-muscle an animal that is stronger than you several times over.
YES. Agree 100%. There have been a few times where older, more matured (and muscled) horses have taken off in a frenzy and pulling their head around was not an option. I was actually pulled out of the saddle trying to one-rein-stop a 16 hand TWH gelding that had started to duck his head down and do these pop-rear/buck things (difficult to explain ... my boyfriend who is not a horse person saw it, and he pretty much explained it like that). The horse's neck power was so strong that he pulled me up onto his shoulder using leverage from the reins I was clinging to. Getting his head to my side didn't work... at all.
     
    09-18-2010, 11:34 PM
  #14
Weanling
The one-rein stop as I learned it was not just for emergencies. A slight lift of one rein and slowly closing the fingers one at a time, stopping as soon as response is felt, all the while holding the other rein steady but not pulling to prevent lateral flexion and/or the hip swinging to the outside (ie keeping the horse straight).
     
    09-18-2010, 11:42 PM
  #15
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Originally Posted by Feets    
YES. Agree 100%. There have been a few times where older, more matured (and muscled) horses have taken off in a frenzy and pulling their head around was not an option. I was actually pulled out of the saddle trying to one-rein-stop a 16 hand TWH gelding that had started to duck his head down and do these pop-rear/buck things (difficult to explain ... my boyfriend who is not a horse person saw it, and he pretty much explained it like that). The horse's neck power was so strong that he pulled me up onto his shoulder using leverage from the reins I was clinging to. Getting his head to my side didn't work... at all.

I usually start with the ORS and then move on to the pulley rein if the ORS is either not working or getting dangerous. If the pulley rein stopped Rosie...it could stop any horse! LOL
     

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