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.'