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You've found the Mary-Dixon page about horsemanship.  Horses are my passion and my obsession.  They have helped me become a kinder, more confident, more patient person.  What they have taught me about them and taught me about myself is immeasureable.  I now try to teach folks about the nature of horses and how to understand each other which leads to a more confident human and a more confident little darling.
Adventure Horse Riding in NYS


#42 Won't ya just stop ?

#42    Won't ya just stop ?

You need a horse to move and a horse to stop.  He has to know these 2 actions if nothing else.

If your darling has a sloppy stop- do the walk/stop exercise.

Ask him to walk 3 steps then ask him for a complete stop.  Ask for a walk again, and a complete stop. The stop should be about 2 or 3 seconds long.  Keep doing this until he's perfect.  This gets him to focus on you and listen to you.  And, he starts to listen and wait for  your style of "whoa" because he knows it's coming. 

After he starts doing this perfectly, practice this at the at the trot and later, the canter too. 

You'll be pretty surprised at how good he gets when you say "whoa". 

BE CONSISTENT - you want a complete stop.

Mary Dixon       Adventure Horse Riding in NYS      www.RideNYS.com