The stop riding, is more of an idea of using seat, sitting down, and not following the horse;s forward motion, versus need to nag a horse to keep him going.
No one, including any western rider, wants a horse they have to pedal!
The concept is basically the same, you want the horse to stop by bringing his hind end under him, keeping form, staying light in the hands, versus jamming front feet into the ground, sticking head up, leaning on the bit.
In other words, the basic form of a correct stop is universal, and only the speed from which it is executed varies. The degree that horse is expected to stop without light bit support or none, changes, according to discipline
Whether that horse stops on light bit contact, English, or on a totally loose rein,western, makes no difference, as long as it is a correct hind end stop, with the horse staying in the correct frame, versus sticking head up and nose out,leaning on the bit, jamming front feet into the ground.That is the type of stop you get, if only trying to stop a horse with rein pressure
How I ask for that stop..also depends if I am just stopping from a collected lope or trot, as in an equitation pattern or from a reining run down.
In an equitation like stop, you ride the horse into the stop, with your seat and legs, with amount of bit depending on discipline.Iin a reining stop, that horse is building speed in that run down, running up hill, and you in
a run down, are cueing the horse to build that speed, both with your body position, and the position of your rein hand. You cue the horse to stop. by sitting back in the 'neutral position, rein hand in normal position, sitting back,letting legs move foreward, thus the term, 'stop riding'
If you just sat in that equitation position, the horse might stop, but you would keep going!
This cue, has the horse bring those hocks under him, lock them, while his front feet continue to walk, until all energy from that run down is dissipated, without the horse trying to 'scotch that stop, slowing before, antisipating
Last edited by Smilie; 12-20-2017 at 03:25 PM.