Horse Riding: How To Stop

Horse Riding: How To Stop

Horse Riding: How to Stop teaches you a simple and effective way to teach your horse to stop without upsetting your yourself or your horse! This video is easy to follow and gives great advice!

It's incredibly important that you to learn how to stop a horse without doing them any injury or damage and as gently a way as possible - then the horse will be more willing to go forward when you ask again. So, what we are going to ask Jennifer to do in a second is she is going to walk up as she walks on she is going to be soft and light on the back of the horse. When she wants Chester to slow down, she's going to make herself slightly heavier.

Now the aids for asking a horse to stop are body, seat, leg, then hand. This ensures that he stops in a nice and gentle way and that you're not just pulling on the reins. So she's going to ask him to walk on and sit up nice and tall.

When she wants him to stop she's going to deepen her seat and just stop the movement through her seat and this tells him that something is about to happen. She's going to have her leg by his side and then she's going to gently squeeze on the reins and ask him to slow down and then another squeeze to ask him to stop - closing herself around him. If he doesn't stop straight away, she can then do it with a little more pressure.

In an emergency or in a situation where he wasn't listening, you can use quite forceful amount of rein, but this is not recommended on a daily basis as the horse will become hardened in the mouth and won't listen to you when you want him to stop. So it's best to do it as gently as possible and the moment the horse responds to you, you should reward him by giving and also by telling him that he's done right. So Jennifer, when you are ready you can ask Chester to walk on.

Always looking up and where she is going and she is going to plan where her transition to halt is going to be. It's a downward direct transition to halt that we're looking for. It's incredibly important that you always plan ahead.

So she makes herself slightly heavier and brings the elbow back and as you can see she relaxed the hand. Once she's stopped it's very important that you relax the hand and that you're no longer putting pressure on the horse because if you keep pulling the horse will want to pull up, pull back then he'll want to go forward. So it's good that you always reward the horse everytime they do what you ask.