How to stop horse

Walking and how to stop horse.

If you are learning to ride, it is important to make sure the horse you are going to learn on is suitable for you.

He needs to be experienced, sensible and safe. A real confidence giver for a novice rider.

Choosing the wrong horse or pony to learn to ride on is a recipe for disaster.

The wrong horse would dent your confidence and could even put you off horses for life!

Anyway, if this is your first time riding, I would begin on a lead rein.

Let someone lead you around from the ground, while you become familiar and your confidence grows.

It is important to give the correct signals to a horse in order to make him responsive and alert.

If your horse is not responding to you, it may be that your signals are not clear enough for the horse to follow.

Asking a horse to walk forward

If you want the horse to walk on, squeeze slightly with the reins and with both legs that should be behind the girth, press his sides with your heels.

When the horse walks on you can relax the reins and release the pressure a little from the legs.

When you want him to stop, you need to increase the pressure with your legs, so you are riding him forwards into your hands that should be raised slightly and resisting the movement.

You can also reinforce this by using your voice saying “And Whoa”.

As you become more experienced, you should be able to stop him without using your voice.

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How to stop horse

Every time you stop a horse, he should always halt square. Take a look at the picture.

A square halt is when all four legs are square, so the front legs and the hind legs (back legs) are all in line.

The horse will be standing still but ready to move off when you ask him.

If the horse stops with one foot forward, you can correct this by asking him to take a step forward.

My horse is not listening to me!

A lazy horse or pony will take advantage of a novice rider and ignore their signals.

It might be that the rider is not giving strong enough signals, so the horse carries on doing what he wants, plodding along with neck and head low and his nose stuck out in front.

The rider needs to shorten the reins and encourage him forward using the lower legs in order to create enough impulsion to produce an active walk.

Working on the bit

The term “on the bit” means the horse’s head is vertical and neck softly arched.

The horse should feel soft and supple with no feeling of tension.

When a horse is on the bit, the rider has more control over the horse.

If this your first time riding then this would be difficult for you to achieve or if you are riding a horse that is not fully schooled.

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