So here's the deal. Sissy is 5 years old, and a very smart mare.
She already knows the command to pick up the pace, which for me is clicking with my mouth.
Yesterday I was trying to work on the 'whoa' command with her, and she doesn't understand it at all. I would lightly pulll back on the reins and say whoa, but she wouldn't stop. And some of you may have read my previous post about 'i'm sick of it'. I put a tie down on her and she stop like a dream when I applied even a little back pressure on the reins (but when I let go, she immediatly began walking).
So does anyone have any advice on how to get her to stop on the command whoa?
Teach her in a round pen. Tell her whoa and when she finally stops pet her etc and then move her out again. Practice that and she will learn that "whoa" means no work and attention.
I did do that last night. I would say whoa and pull lightly on the reins and when she stopped I praised her. I say "good girl" and pet her. She finally realized that when you stop you get attention, and that's why I said she stopped like a dream.
After a month or so of one rein stops with Vida I finally started walking her into a corner of a fence said whoa then pull on the reins. It was one of those things she would come up to a road and just run us right out into the middle of it. Not a good thing :shock: We ran into that corner over and over and over again then did it some more. She finally got it.
Lots and lost of one rein stops.
1. Sit deep in your seat & say whoa(cue to stop)
2. When she doesn't respond, gently pull her head around until she stops.
Do this as often as it takes. Eventually, she realize its much easier to stop when you say whoa and sit deep, than to be pulled in a circle all of the time. It works like a dream
GallopingGrape and Vida stole my thunder!
Either use one rein stops or a fence. But when you want to stop, sit down deep in the saddle and let all of your air out (cough if you need to) and say whoa and put your feet more forward. The Idea is to get your butt to dig into her back so she knows that means to stop.
If you ride up to the fence the fence will stop her when you say whoa and do the needed body cues as well and eventually she'll put two and two together
Also I have a question. I have heard to sit deep in the saddle that if you push on your horn your butt will go down. Is that a fact?
And can someone explain a one rein stop better? I know, I don't know anything lol...
Make sure you aren't saying other terms that could be confusing her with whoa, like no, go, slow. Sounds silly, but I think there is some merit!
A one rein stop is where you take one rein and pull the horse's head to one side. Then they go in a tight circle and their inside hind foot crosses over the outside hind foot and they can't really go anywhere and eventually they will stop. Does that make sense?
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