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post #21 of 24 Old 08-22-2016, 01:17 AM
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I ride with slack in the reins most of the time, but once in awhile, I get way too much drape to be able to take that slack up easily, as in the case cited, but even if not riding with reins completely thrown away, thAt mental conditioning to whoa, will [often work better then anything that is on the horse's head
Using a soft 'whoa', in a reining stop, that only your horse hears, during the run down to that stop, just helps set the horse up for a' pretty stop' something which is not really possible in a roping stop, which is quick and sudden, as it has to be.
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lol I no longer ride with Chicago screws anywhere on my bridles because I had something similar happen - galloping my mare out in the desert and one of the Chicago screws holding her bit in fell out, and she spat the bit out completely leaving me with nothing to control her with. Luckily it was no big deal, I even laughed about it at the time, because this mare I rode "naked" (brideless and bareback) quite often out of arenas, but on any other horse it could have been disastrous. Now I like those quick change bit ends, or buckles, or ties. No more Chicago screws for me!

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post #23 of 24 Old 08-22-2016, 10:57 AM
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I like the verbal cue "Easy". I taught it to them in a round pen - "Easy" meant go to a slower speed/energy. So fast trot to slow trot, canter down to trot, etc. It is my primary slowing cue when riding, and also applies if they get spooky - "Easy" meaning "take it down a notch and listen".

The first time I had a bridle come off, I was lucky the horse was just a very agreeable horse who wanted my help in figuring out what was going on - so he slowed to a stop on his own. It has happened twice since - chicago screws once, and a new pair of mohair reins simply broke on their second ride. In both cases, saying "Easy" took a now nervous horse from trot to walk, then walk to barely moving, then to a complete stop.

It also worked when riding with an inexperienced friend who dropped a split rein. From the other horse, "Easy" got her horse shifting down smoothly until stopped - which also taught her some confidence, since a new rider loves realizing their horse WANTS to work with them and will listen.
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post #24 of 24 Old 08-22-2016, 11:13 AM
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LOL! Since I show a lot, Chicago Screws are a part of my existance, can't eliminate them all as much as I'd like too. I learned from having those evil things fall out one time too many, to take all new tack apart, remove all the Chicago Screws and daub some clear polish on the threads of the screws, then screw them back together and let dry. Haven't lost a screw since. Those things are just plain evil.
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