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post #1 of 4 Old 08-12-2013, 11:29 AM Thread Starter
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Perfecting the stop

Some of you may know about my situation with my 9 year old Quarter horse; all of this hunter under saddle training stuff. Continuing with that...we (my trainer and I) are focusing a lot right now on getting a better stop out of this horse. Lots of canter-halt transitions (and trot-halt). When we first started they were horrible and so, so rough to sit. I have been working a lot on this and they are now much smoother and much quicker. However, it's still not a hard, 'hindquarter stop', which is what we are wanting to achieve. Since his stops are better than when we started, is it just a matter of time doing to same thing until his stops get to 100%? Or is there something else I need to be doing? I ask for the stop by first making sure he's listening, I sit deeper with more weight in my heels, pick up my reins, and say 'whoa.'
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As soon as you stop back him up. This will get him stopping on his hind end because he will be expecting to back as soon as he stops.
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As soon as you stop back him up. This will get him stopping on his hind end because he will be expecting to back as soon as he stops.
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Oh, yes, forgot to mention that. I do that too.
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Make sure that he's backing up properly and actually using his hind end. If he's pushing himself backward with his front end, then backing up won't help.

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