Originally Posted by mobilenaturaltrainer
...The lateral flexion is used by some riders as the one rein stop that has proven to be a very dangerous method of stopping a horse! If the horses gait is faster than a walk; horse and rider have tumbled to the ground resulting in serious injuries.
If a horse does not stop from your cues; seat, verbal whoa and/or reins it is not trained and/or the rider is not educated!
First, a ORS is not dangerous. A trained ORS involves pulling back a little on one rein as a cue to stop. It is simply a CUE. A variation is spiraling to slow a horse down and stop it, which works very well when there is room. A violent yank on one rein is NOT the definition of a ORS...although it is possible for a horse to gallop with its nose at your knee. A ORS is no more likely to result in a crash than any other stop, but ANY bolt can result in a wreck.
It is best to have several techniques in your bag of clues, so you can use the one that makes the most sense for that case.
Second, a horse who stops great in an arena may not stop if spooked on a trail. Or it may fight stopping if doing a canter or gallop with another horse in the open. Many of us are imperfect riders with imperfect horses.
Third, a half halt should have no impact on a horse obeying a ORS cue. I'm not a big fan of the ORS, but the horse will have no trouble distinguishing between a half-halt and a ORS.