Stop-In the Saddle

 

Once your horse can back up freely from a standstill, you can ask for a correct stop.

Start by walking your horse around the arena and locate a spot along the rail where you will consistently ask for your stop. Each time you get to that spot, melt your body into the saddle and introduce the verbal cue, "whoa" along with your body posture. This posture is the same as for a backup. 

Your weight, however, is heavy in the saddle. Your mind should think stop, your body should communicate stop and this sends a message to the back feet and stops them in the ground.

A great picture to visualize when melting in the saddle is that of an eagle landing on a tree branch. Eagles do not crash down with all their weight;

They swoop softly down for a landing so as not to break the branch. The same principle applies to your horse's back.

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