Originally Posted by Tigger115
Well, I need some serious help then. Just got a new horse, and while he is super easy to turn and move, when he gets going, even at a trot, canter, or gallop, he is nearly impossible to stop. I use a plain snaffle and I try not to be to hard with my hands, but sometimes it is necessary to stop him. I don't want to be hurting my horse, or turn him into a "hard" horse. What should I do?!
I think rather than pull back with both reins in this situation you should teach your horse the one rein stop. Yanking back on his mouth is just yelling in his language and then he won't listen to anything less. When he gets going too fast, circle him. Do the one rein stop to begin with and go back to basics.
Ask for a walk then slowly cue the stop; shift your weight back in your seat or whatever you do with your body to 'woah' your horses before even putting tension in the reins, then lightly cue the reins, gradually more and more until the stop comes, then automatic release of pressure.
You do this enough and with consistency he will become much more sensitive to your cues and not tune you out, but until he understands this cue do the one rein stop for your safety.