Because horses would rather be "asked" than "told". Inittially we have to "tell" them the answer to our "ask", by enforcing our cue with an aid, but in a short amount of time they'll start responding correctly to our "ask".
'aaand whoah' and locking my seat. I wait a second, and if no response, I use the rein to get the stop. If they didn't stop off my first cue I also like to back them up.
So the progression is - voice and seat, then rein.
They soon learn that when you ask with your voice and seat, you want whoah. The first few times they do it, I don't back up, and let them stand for a while. (I always teach this when the horse is tired because the stopping is a reward in itself).
Once they know to stop off my seat and voice, I expect more. I expect a stop immediately - again, if it isn't immediate, I follow up with the rein and then back them up. (incidentally this exercise gives you a great back up!) Posted via Mobile Device
Okay, that makes more sense. Kind of like what equiniphile was saying, except starting off with asking lightly, then getting more direct until you get the answer you were looking for, and the answer depends on how trained your horse is. Like, you wouldn't expect a greenie to stop on a dime when you say woah or halt your seat :)
Alright, thanks wild_Spot and chris. I definitely see how that would work.
When you back up your horse on the ground, do you use the rein? I mean , are you using the main aid that you would be using in the saddle? If you back the horse up by pushing on his chest or standing in front of him and wiggling the line, there is not reason that this would carry over to the saddle.
If you back up on the ground by pushing/pulling backward with the leadline or reins (depending if in halter or bridle) then that would in theory carry over to ridden work.
I do use his reins but the first thing he does is release his jaw and lower his head and then after a little while of opening and closing his jaw he takes a few steps back.. which doubles timewise under saddle.
I just... don't know what to do to help with that, or if I'm doing something wrong :/