Originally Posted by howrsegirl123
I understand what you're saying. I want him to listen to my seat and hands, but I just see lots of horses that can stop really well on whoa and I wanted my horse to be able to stop that way too.
I do hunter under saddle, btw.
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Then I say if you want to use verbals in conjunction with riding then be sure to give your seat and rein cue FIRST before the verbal that way if your in a position that where you can't verbalize your horse isn't completely reliant on it. And use distinct separate words for each verbal command
EDIT: And if in a whoa if he doesn't stop immediately give a firmer command if he still doesn't stop then back him up a few steps and make him stand still. But as he starts to behave you want to make it were your stopping cue is returned to a light cue. I'd practice good stops at a canter on the ground also work your way up to the canter whoa make sure his whoa's are perfect at a walk and trot first.