Saturday, March 30, 2013

Reminder about giveaway!!

This is a reminder to enter my book giveaway!!

Also, I just wanted to give you guys a taste of how my photoshoot went :)

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Bareback wins

Last night goes down in history of one of the best rides of my life.  Seriously!

I rode Kadin bareback (I also rode pony, but she is still a little off in that left hind, the swelling is going down but shes still stiff/sore)

My friend is coming out to the ranch this week to take pictures of horses, and me riding horses etc.  I'm going to have two outfits, a cowgirl outfit and a cute light airy sundress.  I would LOVE to have a picture of me loping bareback and barefoot through a pasture.  Wouldn't that just be wonderful? So, obviously that doesn't seem attainable on Pony at this time.  We could do it, we would survive, but I think it would be bad for our relationship and me just kind of hanging on.  As much as I want a picture like that, I'm not willing to put aside me and my horses training for a picture!

So my trainer said that I should do it with Kadin.  He has a wither like a shark fin.  It's ridiculous.  Plus, I have never loped him bareback! So, I jumped on and did it! I used bareback pads (a big ugly fleece one, and an ugly blue one.) and we loped and loped and loped and loped! It was so much fun! I would partially lose my balance, but he just kept trucking so I was able to fix it without having to stop and start over.  (Pony stops when I lose my balance, but with her, I REALLY appreciate it.)

I had total control over where I was going, and I felt SO GOOD ON HIM! It was SO awesome! I was so happy!

Kadin is still not a 'good bareback horse' so now I understand why its easy for some people. Horses really make a HUGE difference!!

So, it is still to be seen if I can do it without the pads, but we shall see!!

Here are the geriatric arabs.  Kadin is the one furthest back, directly in the middle.  Aren't they adorable!!

Hello wither! This picture actually doesn't make it look that bad, probably since his head is up.  Plus, hes lost a little top line since this was taken.  He might look a little sway backed, but its mostly his wither! Its ridiculous!

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Chats on the farmhouse porch 86


Everyday Ruralty



It's Tuesday again!! It's the start of another beautiful day here!! Come join us while we chat!

1. Melanie asks "What kinds of seafood have you tried and liked? What is the most unique seafood you've eaten?
2. Anne says, "An unforgettable holiday moment is_____________________. (She's on the other side of that BIG pond. I believe a holiday is a vacation on this side. )
3. Arlene wants to know, "When was the last time you tried something new?"
4. Becky asks, "Who or what inspires you?"
5. Madonna wants to know," How did you chose the names of your children. Wendell adds,"If you don't have kids, how do you choose pet names?"

1. I hate seafood. I think its gross. At one point when I was a kid (before I thought it was gross) I ate calamari. But that's about the extent.

2. I don't think I can think of one specific awesome memory! My family tends to have a lot of fun on vacation. One time, my mom sister and I went to disneyworld Orlando. My mom had a huge jacuzzi tub in her room. After the first day our legs hurt so bad from all the walking! We bought some Epsom salt and started soaking our feet. Slowly we decided the water felt so good and started to sink all the way in. It was so funny because the three of us were a tight squeeze!

3. I enjoy trying new things! Nothing specific jumps out at me...but I try to be open to trying new things!

4. A lot of things inspire me. My horses, for sure. My family, good people around the world. Fellow bloggers!!

5. I have never chosen a pet name actually. I'm terrible at choosing names!! Way too much pressure!

Monday, March 25, 2013

Giveaway!

Happy Monday!!

I definitely know how to perk up a monday....by having a giveaway!!

This is truthfully not my giveaway, its Cindy's over at Life With my Herd, but it is my turn to host the giveaway.

The item I have to give away are two books.  One is called Horsepower, and its an absolutely beautiful book about an older Belgian Draft that is given a new home, and the wonderful joy he brought his new owner.  (The woman in the book reminds me a lot of Linda over at 7MSN if you don't read her blog, check it out, she's hilarious!).  


The second book is wonderful in a different way.  It is called Horse Of The Storm, and its a book that chronicles the weeks following Hurricane Katrina, and how horses were rescued, and how sometimes they weren't.  While it was heartbreaking, it was also amazing to hear of the special survival stories, and not to mention the people that spent so much time and effort to rescue these animals!  They are often forgotten, but they put in weeks of no sleep and straight work to rescue all sorts of animals! That is some heart! 


So, these are both wonderful books that I really enjoyed, and I am ready to send them on to someone else to love! 


What we ask is that after you read the books, you continue to host your own giveaway and pass it on to a fellow blogger! 

To enter, please comment on this post telling me your favorite breed or coloring of horse :) 
(even though we all know its about personality not color!)

Personally, I love a leopard appy :)

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Geriatric Arabs

I received an awesome text from my trainer today. She said that kadins butt is still clean since yesterday, no new poopy diarrhea run!

This means that he has had two meals with his geriatric Arabs and it has made a HUGE difference. Previously, he would literally go from cleanly washed to looking like he hasn't been groomed in a month, in a mere 24 hours.

His teeth were just floated a few weeks ago, but the dentist said that he simply doesn't have enough teeth left to properly chew his hay, and since he can't chew hay, he can't digest it. He was losing weight rapidly, and had a lot of diarrhea along with regular poops.

I'm so glad that being on a pelleted feed is making a huge difference. Ill have to take a picture of them all, it's 6 grey Arabs together. They all walk around with dish faces and tails high. SO CUTE.

He's a high maintenance horse in the ways that he has sensitive skin, is hard to keep weight on, and constantly needs some sort of ointment or cream rubbed on him. But honestly, he is the sweetest most wonderful, patient and calm old guy. He is always sound, and you can put a complete beginner on him and he will take care of them.

I'm so glad that the feed will help him stay healthy and keep being such a sweet and perfect lesson horse!

Friday, March 22, 2013

Miracle potion!

Alright, I have found a solution to poop stains!

Here's what I did.

I took a small container (I cut off the top of a soda can and just used the bottom) and put some dawn BLUE dish soap ( blue might not make a difference, but that's what kept coming up in my research so I decided to stick with that) along with some hydrogen peroxide. I just poured some in, no exact measurments.

Then, I wet kadins legs, and stuck a toothbrush into my mixture. Make sure you use a soft toothbrush so it's not too rough on their skin. I simply brushed in onto the skin and brush pretty good to make it all in the fur. It took a lot of elbow grease.

I let it sit for a few minutes and then washed it off. The results were awesome!!

It obviously still isn't perfect, but I think doing this a few more times would drastically improve his butt appearance

However, hydrogen peroxide can be very drying, so definitely use some kind of moisturizer. Like a good conditioner or rub some coconut oil or vitamin e oil.

However, hopefully kadins health will improve soon, we shuffled horses around and put him with the geriatric Arabs! There's 6 now, and the are all between 23 and 30. They are all grey, and all get pelleted feed instead of hay. Kadin has been having some trouble digesting his food, and they gave him a few weeks after getting his teeth floated to see how he would improve, but unfortunately he hasn't. So, since he can't fully chew his food, his poop has pretty long hay pieces in it, and he basically has some really bad diarrhea.

So, it should stop poopy butt from getting much worse!!

Cowboy Magic Review!

So, I have began my quest to find something that will get rid of Kadins gross butt stains.  Poor old guy, his butt is naturally set back a little, so when he poops its nearly impossible not to get it on himself.  He tries not to, he does kind of move his legs apart, but gravity has other ideas.  He is getting older, and as the dentist said he doesn't have many teeth left, so while he can still chew hay, its not as effective as it used to be.  He needs to be grained more, and the poor guy gets probiotics, but just has so much diarrhea! He has a very active digestive system, no worry about him colicking from impaction!

Poor poopy butt arab! 


So, I would love to find something that would make his ugly stains go away for our show. Also, I would love to find a way to get rid of Pony's gross little mare feet stains. So I found this.


Well, let me tell you.  It didn't do a whole heck of a lot for the stains, but the color in general? It literally glistens.  I have never seen anything so beautiful! Do you see how it looks like silk on her back feet?


P.s. I don't know if you can tell but her LH was completely swollen! Right at the ankle, it was like double the size of her right! I didn't ride, but I wish I knew what was wrong!



Look at the comparison from her front to her back.  This is in no way edited, and in no way did it look like the camera was playing any tricks.  This is literally how shiny her back feet looked! Wow!!



Look at that shine!


Want to know what an arab getting a bath looks like?


Wednesday, March 20, 2013

1% a Day

If you ask for 1% a day, in 100 days you will have 100%.

I'm sure everyone has heard this bit of horse logic.  I actually hadn't heard it before a few weeks ago, when my trainer prided me on using this really well.

The idea, is not to ask too much of your horse, or yourself.  It will only lead to frustration on both ends. There have been some times that I can specifically remember not being good at only asking 1%, and I remember being upset and frustrated those days. Looking back, I realize that I was asking too much of my horse, and I cannot expect her to be perfect at something new the first time I ask it of her.

One time, I wanted to get her to lay down.  So I spent forever one day, trying to get her to lay down.  Every time I felt like we made progress, we would backpedal, and it would be tough to get her back there again.  Thinking back on it, if I did it until I got progress and stopped, and then repeated that everyday, I bet I would have a horse that could lie down for me by now!

However, most of the time I have employed that logic very well in my riding.  For example, when I first got her, she wasn't very responsive to 'whoa' or stopping.  She would, but she would meander down from her gait and eventually stop.  I began saying whoa, applying light pressure, and then backing her up.  At first, it was pretty ugly, but I was gentle and never ripped off her face to make her stop faster.  Instead, I just kept the same light pressure while she was slowing down, and slowly she took less time to slow down.  After a few months of this, she SLAMS on her breaks.  But, it's not just at fast speeds.  Even at a walk, if I say whoa, she will jerk to a stop.  We have achieved this because I only asked for a little at a time, and eventually we are awesome at it.

So, my friends, remember this! We often expect perfection in our horses, but we also have to remember that it takes time to get there! There will be some things that your horse will pick up much faster than others, and its our job to get improvement from our horses, but at a pace that they understand and feel supported in!

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Not too much going on around here

I have been so terrible at posting lately!

But it is definitely not for lack of riding.  I have been riding nearly every day! My boss is having a second child, and she is VERY pregnant.  So, my work schedule has been pretty funky.

However, in the horsie world, I just don't have many exciting stories to tell! It's funny, because I wouldn't even use the term 'crazy pony' to describe Pony anymore...which is a pretty natural progression of riding a very forward horse.  They really calm down a lot when they get to know you!

I do have some exciting news though!  Every year there is a spring stampede near us.  There is a big english/western show.  Theres sorting, and roping and a gymkhana.  Theres a trail event, theres a wine ride.  They have everything! Last year I took Kadin, and it was so much fun !

(Kadin is one of the first horses I rode regularly and bonded with.  I honestly loved him to death.  When I first started riding him, he was new to my trainer and really hot and high headed.   He's such a deadbroke lesson horse now! I was so happy to have worked with him and helped settle him down when he was hot though, he is the sweetest horse in the world.  He's the one in my header.  Unfortunately, he has a job as a lesson horse now, and I sadly outgrew him a little bit.)

I was talking to my trainer about how it would be fun to go to the gymkhana and have a horse that you could actually ask to go fast, rather than constantly asking to slow down, and she offered Kadin! I'm so excited!

So, I am going to ride him a few times in the next month or so, and take him to the Spring Stampede gymkhana on the last weekend in April.

I'm not sure if this will work, but I want to post a video of us from spring stampede last year.

At this point, I had been riding about six months, and we were such a mess!! It's so funny! But we got through it, (and seriously, watch all the way to the end...I ate sand hard!)  It's going to be so interesting to see how much I have improved as a rider to be riding him again, for the first time in a long time.

http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10150861864301757&set=vb.601116756&type=3&theater

I would like to share another video, because this shows how much I improved in my riding in just a few months.  This video is from last July.

http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10151112612511757&set=vb.601116756&type=3&theater

Also, I will be hosting Cindy's book giveaway in the next week....Keep posted :)

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Chats on the Farmhouse Porch 84



Everyday Ruralty




1. Whats your favorite movie of all times, one you've seen multiple times?

Hmm. This is tough.  I can tell you what movies I have seen multiple times, that I never get tired of! Little miss sunshine, Pride and Prejudice, Pirates of the Caribbean, The Notebook, Country Strong.

2. Name three things that are permanent residents in your handbag.

Wallet.  Keys.  Chapstick.

3.  What is the best way to your heart?

Honestly and making me laugh! 

4.  Do you like going to yard sales?

Yes, yard sales are fun.  Especially up in the country where boyfriend lives, sometimes you can find old tack and old farming equipment.

5.  If you could slide down a rainbow, what do you think you would find on the other side?

Dancing leprechauns and a pot of gold!




Thursday, March 7, 2013

Confidence

What a funny thing. 

I had a conversation with some other riders the other day about helmets.  We were talking about how in the western world its not really something that is pushed on riders, except for under 18.  However, generally, once they turn 18, that helmet comes off.  

I generally don't ride with a helmet western (unless I don't know or feel uncomfortable on a horse), but I always wear a helmet when I'm english, or when I'm planning on doing more than walking bareback.  

We were talking about how if a helmet gives you a false sense of confidence, then theres no reason to take it off! I feel the opposite way.  When I put a helmet on when I'm riding western, it makes me feel uneasy, as if I am expecting to be endangered (unless I'm on a horse I don't feel comfortable on).

I know, its dangerous.  I've heard alllll of the statistics, I get it.  What is funny is that I have fallen more times western off of pony than I have english or bareback.  So obviously I don't have my helmet rules based on experience! 

Anyways, I grew up doing gymnastics, and if theres one thing I can do, it is fall.  I have never been close to even hitting my head.  I simply KNOW how to fall.  My instincts take over, I keep my body in a neutral position, I let my body absorb my fall, not an arm or a leg (hellllo it took me a dislocated elbow to figure that one out.) Anyways, they focus a lot on proper falling in gymnastics, so I've got falling covered. 

Anyways, my point of this post was about confidence, and how much it can change your riding.

Me and pony have been having loping bareback problems.  It's the transition, not the gait that I have a problem with.  I think that I had been asking her differently since I was bareback and slightly nervous.  I was asking, and then releasing pressure, so she would pick it up for a step and then come back down to a trot, since I wasn't following through, and then she would give me a terrible trot, I'd get thrown on my crotch, it would hurt and I'd have to stop and regroup.

So we worked a lot on transitions yesterday, and today I jumped on her bareback.  However, I put a fleece pad and a bareback pad on her, which I NEVER do.  I figured it would give me a little sense of security, no matter how false that 'secure' feeling is.  Because lets be honest, that little bit of fabric isn't going to hold you on.

However, it made the WORLD of difference in our riding! 

I was more comfortable, and therefor more confident.  Even though my secure feeling was completely false, and I knew it, it made me more confident, and in turn I was able to ask her for a transition the same way I can ask for it in a saddle, therefor giving her proper direction.  It was so great!

She was able to pick up her lope in the direction I asked (another one of our problems before was I was too strong with cue leg, and had no inside leg on, so she would just trot in a tight circle) and hold it until I asked her to stop.

Also I think the extra padding helped me not be uncomfortable and stay relaxed when she gave me a less than slow jog trot. (Helllo broken tailbone! Always uncomfortable!)

I just think that confidence goes SO FAR in our riding, in whatever form that comes in! If it means wearing a helmet, if it means having a pad underneath you, having a neck strap, whatever it is, if it gives you confidence, use it! (As long as you don't rely on an unsafe object!)

English Lesson

Today was my english lesson with the new 'trainer'.  It was fun! I wouldn't say it was like the most awesome thing ever, but then again thats because it was a first lesson.  I was on a new horse, in new tack, I was trying to put those together and figure out my body!

I rode this horse named Cash.  He's a little bigger than pony, but also a little sturdier.  He's a tobiano dun.  Seriously beautiful if he wasn't so funny looking! He's completely shaved because he grows in the thickest most ridiculous coat, and it grows in in like August.

He's also young, about 6 I think she said.  She got him when he was a yearling, and he's been blind in his left eye since the day she got him.  She said she acts the same with him and it doesn't seem to bother him.

He seriously needed his teeth done, and I had quite a bit of head tossing etc because of it, but she said they have an appt next week with the dentist, so I should see a positive improvement soon.

He was just so different to ride! He is weird like pony.  Kind of strung out, hard to maneuver etc.  So for a while, we worked on brakes, walking in a straight line, responding to leg, etc.

He was definitely so WEIRD to ride.  I don't even know how to explain it! He was like pony with his strung out weird tendencies, but he wasn't nearly as sensitive or responsive to my leg, which I am of course not used to.

We talked a lot about being aware of footfalls and feeling which leg is hitting etc.  We also talked about managing gaits, and feeling a fast trot vs a forward controlled trot.   Mostly stuff I am already able to do, but had to work on with this differently moving horse.

The biggest difference is the fact that I can be a little harsher with my cues if he isn't listening to me in the beginning, and since he is a dufus gelding, he listens to me.  For example, when I asked for a canter, he picked it up and flew at a wall and stopped.  With pony, I would have gotten leg on earlier (plus, she would be way more responsive to my leg), and sat deep until she softened.  With him, I was able to squeeze him into the bit and he responded to that, rather than my body the way pony does.

Anyways, it was just a little bit of everything, mainly getting comfortable in new tack.  She said that usually the first thing she would correct was looking down or at the horses head, but she didn't have to say that to me!

She also said that I handled him really well, and she expected me to look a bit more frazzled.  I felt a little frazzled, but honestly, first rides on new horses are rarely a bucket of fun.  At least, not weirdly handling ones! But I have ridden a lot of horses that I didn't want to get back on a second time, but after working with them for a while, I grew to love them.  Like pony!

Anyways, it was a fun lesson in that the trainer was able to see my strengths and weaknesses, and I was able to be exposed to a different horse and have a little more direction in how to position my body correctly!

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Assistant Trainer

I randomly had today off work.  When I found out that I wasn't working today, I texted my trainer and asked if I could tag along/ shadow/ help out today.   She said she would love it!

She had one lesson, and 5 horses to ride.  I got to the barn about halfway through her lesson.  The lesson was a woman from the old barn that I have gotten to ride with a bit.  It was fun to catch up and see the lesson.  

First she rode her horse Rooster.  It was fun to watch.  I don't see her going fast very often, since usually she doesn't advocate going fast.  (That's probably saying it the wrong way, but I'm too tired to think.  She has no problem going fast, but she teaches her students that you should have just as much work with your horses at ever gait, not just galloping around.  And of course, she usually only rides at a slow pace since she doesn't want her students to try to do something that they are not advanced enough to do.  Anyways, the point was that she is hardly ever galloping around, and it was fun to watch)

Then, I got on Rooster to cool him out while she went to get her Filly.  (Woohoo, first time on a substantial horse in like six months!) 

Her Filly in training is the beautiful Pinto Hanoverian.  Shes just hitting the 30 day mark on her training, and she is freaking awesome.  She got on her, and could feel that she seemed a bit hot and unresponsive.  She got a few good responses at the walk, then hopped off.  I tied rooster up, and we free lunged the Filly.  We each took a side of the arena and had her do figure 8's.  She was doing beautiful flying lead changes across the diagonal.  She bucked up a storm, galloped around, and let us know when she was done being stupid.   Once she got back on her, she gave her really quality stuff.  Seriously, this fillly is naturally a beautiful mover and super balanced.  

Then, we put both of them away and went to get LBM (Little Big Man) and her Colt (who came with the filly.  Also a hanoverian.) 

We saddled LBM (who is a 'gaited' horse and crazy.  Basically, Pony if she had been started by a terrible trainer that ruined her. He has the same mindset as her, but he freaks out ten times worse, he's the weirdest horse ever.) and left him to stand for a little while (comeon, its good for any horse!) and we also saddled her Colt.  

The colt is a huge Hanoverian, just like the filly, but even bigger.  They are from the same owners, and arrived at the same time, but the Filly is way further along than the Colt.  My trainer works with them the same amount, but the Colt is way more sensitive and has simply needed the extra ground time.  She has still not been on him more than hanging all over him.  He produces MASSIVE bucks that will get off nearly anyone, so she wants to be sure to set him up for success, so he doesn't realize that bucking will get him out of work.  So, we saddled him and took him into the arena along with driving reins.  We put on a headstall and driving reins and drove him around the arena.  This was his second time doing this.  When he was doing really good, we took him out and drove him around the barn.  He got stuck in a few spots, but eventually figured out his 'release' and was really good.  

I guess whoever had done ground work with him before had done parelli and a few other things, but basically not well.  Because while he was 'respectful' of your space, he was terrified of being near you, touched, the whip, anything.  I guess she would take him into the round pen and he would automatically start sweating and shaking.  So thats pretty much why it took her so much longer to get somewhere with him than it did with the Filly.  

She rode LBM after that, which was of course fun to watch.  He always makes me laugh because he's just like Pony! (But whoever started him/owned him for years never gave him release so he will explode pretty easily)

Then, she went to get her Arab rehab and I got pony and we both worked on a lot of transitions.  Specifically a walk to lope transition.  Pony got a little crazy at one point, basically a controlled galloping away with me.  She gets like that sometimes, and I always try to just ride her through it thinking that she relax into it.  However, trainer said that sometimes thats the right thing to do, but sometimes she is really just running away with me.  She said that if I give her a few circles and she doesn't relax into her lope, then I should sit back, say whoa, and if she doesn't respond then park her ass in the sand.  

I have always been reluctant to do that since I thought it was giving her a reward for being silly by letting her stop.  But what she said made sense, that having her face yanked on is not fun, and since she  was essentially running away with me, that I'm not being to harsh by yanking on her, as long as I give her a chance to stop on her own first.  So she got crazy, and she didn't work down from it, so I stopped her and refocused her and then she gave me a beautiful lope, so although I never wanted to do that before because it is 'rewarding' her, it really isn't.  

Anyways, I had a great day, and I learned a heck of a lot.  Also, I'm so happy that I have a trainer that is happy to have me come out and learn and such, she explained what she was doing at all times and why!

And look at pony at the end of the day :)

http://youtu.be/pEk9PaiiFHk

My favorite part is around 43 seconds when she goes flying back across the arena, she looks so pretty :)

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

One more note about stopping

I just had one more thing I wanted to add.

I mentioned that this method works well for forward horses and go-ey horses.

I think that this is because most of the time (not all the time!) forward horses have a good work ethic and they like to work and they like to please.

By doing the stop and back up method, you are not just stopping your horse, you are giving them a whole other skill that your horse must complete. Much like a rollback or a side pass, it's making it more fun for a horse that really tries to please.

This is just my thought on why it works for more forward horses!

Monday, March 4, 2013

Stopping

I wanted to write a post about stopping.

I had a few people mention that their horses won't slide stop, or are bad at stopping when I talked about Pony doing a slide stop.

What I do to get better stops out of the horses I ride is super simple, gentle, and CRAZY effective.

The only horses I have really ever rode are super sensitive ones.  These are the ones that tend to be at my disposal, and since I have a laid back personality, I really get along with them well.  Most of these sensitive horses are also really hard mouthed, coming from being sensitive and in turn had years of people pulling on their mouths.

The first rule of any sensitive horse is body language and keeping your body relaxed.  Horses feed off of our bodies like crazy, and if we feel like they aren't stopping or slowing down fast enough and tense up, they will think that theres a reason to be tense and then they will stop being responsive.

The first step is to sit really deep in your seat, take a deep breath and think of pressing your heels down as far as they will go, and release leg pressure.

The second step is to close your fingers around the reins.  I usually don't have to use much rein to get them to stop if I have ridden them a few times, and they know what I am asking of them.  Be sure though, that you are using enough rein.  If they are slowing down and you have contact with them, thats enough rein.  If they keep running, first check your seat to be sure that you are relaxed and then pickup reins until they are listening.

The trick however, is to not release when they have stopped.

Continue with the SAME EXACT rein pressure (aka, do not pull in more reins!) until they have backed up after they stop.

Unless of course, they try to walk forward, in which case gently gain a little bit of contact until they understand what you are asking of them.

This drill will not work if you give them a release when they have stopped.

What it does is teach them that their release is behind them.  At first, release after a single backwards step.  Once they figure out what your asking, you can ask for a few steps.

This not only tells them that you really want them to stop, it also tells them how to stop, which is behind them, aka, on their rump.

If your horse has not been trained to really collect and get their booty underneath them, they will probably never have beautiful sliding stops.  However, I don't use this to get specifically sliding stops, I use this to work on stopping when I ask it.  And as I mentioned, I got a sliding stop from pony with NO REIN CONTACT.

They honestly figure this out super quickly, it is amazing.  I don't have her back up every time I stop.  I do it every few stops.  Sometimes from a walk, sometimes from a trot, sometimes a lope.  The biggest thing my trainer noticed was that when she stops, she is prepared for whatever I may ask of her next.

Of course, I'm not going to say that it works on every horse, because someone will tell me that their horse is special haha.  But of all the horses I have worked with this on, it works wonders.

I'm writing this post because I spent a long time searching the internet for ways to help me and my horse stop a year ago or so, and I finally found this method, but there were a lot of cruddy ways, and nothing that told me how or why anything worked.  I finally figured it out on my own.  It's important to me that I am not only telling my horse to stop, but also helping them understand how to stop!

As I have said, this has made the biggest difference in the world to a lot of horses I have rode, and also horses my friends have rode.  Most horses know how to stop nicely, this reminds them that you mean it, and reminds them how to do it effectively.