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  • My horse won't stop when i pull back on reins
  • My horse won't rein back

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    06-05-2013, 03:23 PM
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So, are your one rein stops good? Does your horse immediately "shut down" when you pick up on either rein? If not, work her on these until that is the case. While working on those work on YOUR body language as well...breath out, feet slightly forward(knees bent to absorb shock), sit deeper and relaxed in the saddle, then que her with the rein(you can also add a real slow and relaxed "whoa" as a verbal que as well).

Once she has that down, start doing two rein stops while walking along a fence...same body cues, pull back evenly with both reins(works better two handed to start with), you can see/saw the reins to get her to stop, if she doesn't start to stop, conduct a one-rein stop into the fence, and then back her off the fence -- let her stand and think about it; repeat in both directions until she starts to think stop when you use both reins..once she stops using both reins start doing roll backs into the fence-still at a walk; stop her, back her a few steps and then turn her into the fence and repeat until she does this with only a little pressure on the reins; then start doing it a trot, once she will stop within two steps at the trot and back up a few steps with little rein pressure, proceed to faster speeds....eventually you can move off of the fence and start stopping her in different areas and at all gaits...you want her stopping of your body language more than your hands on the reins(you will get to where you only need to use rein pressure to "help" her stop once she gets worked up or nervous). I would almost always ask her to back up a step or two on every stop until you feel her start to shift her weight back after stopping...that will ensure she is always thinking -- "first I have to stop, and then I have to take a step or two back.."; once she is thinking that, you only have to back her a few steps every 5th or so stop to keep her stopping good.

As the father of a daughter on a drill team, I don't recommend using her until you can stop her with light rein pressure at any/all times...you have to be able to control the whole horse with one hand to be able to drill with a flag....
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