Originally Posted by kiwigirl
How the heck do I stop my horse from rushing down hill? She has a natural big fast walk, unfortunately it doesn't change going down hill no matter how steep or rough it is. She is not doing anything wrong but it feels really scary when she doesn't check her pace. She resents being made to walk slower than is normal for her so if I do try to check her she fights and ends up tripping and stumbling. Maybe I should just lighten up and let her go for it, she never wants to go faster than a walk but she sure likes to walk fast.
I do a series of half halts while going down a very steep hill. My guy walks fast too so I check him by saying "easy" and making him almost stop. I do not say "whoa" when I check him since that means to stop right now, not another step but using the easy causes him to check himself , that verbal command plus a gentle reminder with the reins.
This series of half halts gets him digging in more with his hind end to check forward motion.