Originally Posted by BecArabian
My new horse is pretty strong and foward moving so it all depends on how hard im pulling on the rains
What most people don't realize is you have to push your horse forward and gain forward motion in order for your horse to naturally slow down. Its all about collection, rounding up, moving off the hind end, and self carriage. If you just hold your horse back with the reins many things can happen. Like, the horse learns to lean on the bit, the horse runs threw the bit, the horse looses forward motion, horses looses collection, horse falls on the forehand. There are alot of things that go into slowing down a horse correctly and there are many ways of doing it. If you are looking to slow down your horse to teach it western pleasure I strongly suggest a trainer.