Originally Posted by nrhareiner
I do not like to stop on grass. The foot can get caught on the grass and can really mess them up. When I want to stop without sliding I just ask for the horse to slow down like you would in your transition and then let them brake it down to a trot then walk. This will help in 2 ways. One it keeps them from getting hurt and the other and just as important it can be a good training tool. When I work on transition from fast to slow circles if the horse wants to to down to the trot I will let them at times then down to the walk and then the stop. This helps them hunt the slower gaits.
Thanks for the advice. This is what I used to do before I started reining (but when she still stopped pretty fast), but I was afraid it would screw her up now. She does know voice commands really well... before I started reining, she would come down to a stop or walk or trot from a canter just from the word... so I think I'll start doing that again so she doesn't get confused or lazy when I actually ask her to stop.
Originally Posted by Silvera
Does she have plates on? If not then I wouldn't worry to much. You still don't want to stop hard but asking for her to stop isn't going to affect her much without the plates. If she does have plates on then I would transition to a trot before stopping or stop from a really slow lope.
No, she's barefoot in the back. I don't really care how hard she stops on the trail or if she slides - I just don't want her stopping on her front end.
Originally Posted by wild_spot
I thought clouds mentioned she wasn't asking for slides, just a nice stop with her butt under her?
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Yes, exactly. Sorry I didn't explain it well. I really just don't want her stopping on her front end, because it's been transposing into arena work.
Originally Posted by SorrelHorse
My reiners all trail ride as well. I never have sliders on until a little bit before the show and I won't do any real big trail rides until the sliders are off. I am notorious, however, for wanting to run like hell all the time. That's my biggest flaw. I find it hard to rate myself. But I just chant to myself and use will power to not run my reiners with sliders on. And if I do find a decent place to run, I once again use the decent will power I was given to not run fast. I generally will just trot on decent ground if I have sliders. If I don't have sliders I will go on ahead and just lope and transition down to a walk before I stop.
Thanks! : ]