Most race horses are taught to slow down/stop gradually when the rider stands up, slips the reins to the knot, and in some cases moves to the outside rail.
If increased contact means go faster, decreased contact means go slower, hence slipping the reins and riding the knot. This just breaks the brains of most riders.
If you're reclaiming an OTTB, it is a good idea to do some ground work and lunging to establish to voice commands, and under when saddle, to use elementary aids - a big, loopy rein, pull-release along with voice commands and a more upright upper body postiion until youi have reasonable control established.
Last edited by maura; 02-15-2011 at 08:26 AM.