08-11-2010, 12:02 AM
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Fencing is like spurs it should be used as a refinement for horse who already knows how to stop. Not to teach a horse to stop.
As for teaching a sliding stop. It is kind of like teaching a cutter how to cut. They already know how to do it you just need to put cues to it and refine it.
There are so many different ways of doing this and what you do and use will be determined by the horse and what they are doing. Are they dumping on their front end? Are the pedaling in front? Are the scotching or not driving into the stop and so on.
2 big things people seem to forget is one backing after the stop and saying whoa as you do. Then and this is what I find to be the most important thing. STANDING. I spend as much if not more time standing when I am working a horse as I do actually moving. This give the horse a reward and then also the desire to stop.