I have a question. I have been learning how to do reining for a year now using many different horses my trainer has. I have ridden mares that do their job and need little help on the stopping aspect of it. Right now I am riding a gelding who won with his previous owner in green as grass and beginner classes. His new owner is an older lady who is starting to learn to do reining but is not asking for the speed or anything.
When I try to fence and stop him he either charges which my trainer has me pulling him to the ground and turning around and going at a trot until he is relaxed then asking for a lope until he is relaxed then building. Problem I am having is he quits before I ask him to. I am told to kick him into the fence so he will stop quiting but my problem is my legs are now around his barrel getting him to keep going forward and when we reach the fence I do not have time to move my legs into postion and end up tipping forward. How do you get a horse who wants to quit to keep going but able to get in position for a proper stop?? If I do not keep my legs after him he will stop, I do not want to just throw my legs out and brace and end up rigid. I need to figure out how to move my legs in less then a stride in a fluid motion. Any tips?
Sorry if this seems a bit jumbled, I have been home recovering from lasik eye surgery for the past 3 weeks and the last lesson I had 3 weeks ago we did fencing and this has been bugging me for 3 weeks now. When I go back to riding next week I will talk to my trainer but figured it doesnt hurt to ask other people in the field.