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post #1 of 7 Old 07-15-2011, 01:07 PM Thread Starter
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Question slide stop help!

my mare does not get her but in the ground in the slide stop, instead she just kinda skips. She is pretty new at slide stops this will be her second year but we did vary light work last year. Last year she skipped too but not nearly as bad as she does now, before she would at least sit back and just skip her front feet now its all four. How can I fix this?
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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post #2 of 7 Old 07-16-2011, 10:37 AM Thread Starter
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my mare does not get her but in the ground in the slide stop, instead she just kinda skips. She is pretty new at slide stops this will be her second year but we did vary light work last year. Last year she skipped too but not nearly as bad as she does now, before she would at least sit back and just skip her front feet now its all four. How can I fix this?
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks
Not saying this is your horse but some horses are just not sliders because of the way they are built -or- are sore in the hocks, stifle,back or sacrum. Are you working with a trainer? Have you had a vet look at your horse? If she was sliding better last year it sounds like it may be time to ask a vet. Either way it sounds like you could use a professional evaluation. Good luck.
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I would be very careful of how far you push her. I don't go for a slide I just want the horse the cleanly lay thier butt it the ground.

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Agreed with above posts.

Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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post #6 of 7 Old 07-31-2011, 11:32 PM
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In a correct sliding stop the horse slides with his rear feet with his legs underneath him and keeps moving his front feet...it takes alot of steps to perfect a sliding stop. Start at a trot, say whoa and sit deep and take your legs off while supporting his face. Then back up a few strides.....again and again, until both you and your horse get the feel of it. Also there are many exercises that can help to encourage your horse to get deeper in the stop. There are many good books and videos that can help. The best use of your time and money is a few lessons from a trainer until you both get the hang of it. Also is your horse shod with sliding plates? Without them even the best stopper will hurt from the impact,, and do the skipping you describe. Or as mentioned before sore hocks, back etc.

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Do you have sliding plates on your horse's back feet? A horse cannot slide comfortably or efficiently without them.

Do you have good stopping ground for him to slide on? Hard packed or rough ground or deep ground make it difficult or impossible for a horse to slide nicely. Good 'stopping ground' is absolutely necessary.

Does your horse give you its head while loping on a light contact? A horse must be collected, must tuck its chin and elevate its shoulders and lope with its hind end well up under it in order to slide when it stops.

Are you 'pulling' on the reins to 'stop' your horse? The horse must be stopping because you have trained him and have 'asked' him to stop. If you pull on him to 'make' him stop, you get a stiff legged bad stop with a lot of resistance. You MUST teach a horse to stop, then 'cue' (ask ) him to stop and then 'let' him stop. Anything else results in a bad stop.
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