My horse understands the word 'whoa' lunging and under saddle but I think I don't always enforce it enough and he has become lax with it. If he's trotting and I say whoa he'll usually stop well, but I want a good hard stop on him from the canter. I use whoa to indicate a downward transition from one gait to the one right below that. Like if I'm cantering and want him to trot I'll say whoa but I'll also keep my body moving, so to speak, and I'll start posting, to tell him I want him to trot and not walk or stop. But I also want him to be able to stop from the canter on whoa. He used to do better than he does now; now it's pretty sloppy. Any advice? What do I do if he doesn't stop when I want him to?
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