Train a horse
"REALLY" Stop A Horse
Do you know the answer to this question?
Do you stop horses with the bit?
The answer, my friend, is no. The answer really
is you have train a horse to stop. That's
the horse training end of it.
You see, I get a lot of questions asking how to stop a
horse that just keeps going and going. - A.K.A. the
Eveready Horse. People always want to learn
horse training tips to whoa horses.
One rider said, "It didn't matter how hard I pulled on
the reins, he just kept going."
"Makes sense", I wrote back.
You see, a horse stops because he was trained to it.
It's the training that stops him...not the bit.
The bit is merely a signaling device.
To get a runaway horse to stop you can employ the
One-Rein Stop like Paul Esh taught in our SuperStars
of Horse Training Videos.
One reason it works so well is because a horse can't
push against the bit when his head is pulled to the
But as Sam Burrell, January's SuperStars of Horse
Training, says...only use the One-Rein Stop when
You teach your horse some "not-so-good" habits if you
overuse the One-Rein Stop. One habit is he'll start to
move his hip out because pulling his head to one side
causes the opposite sided hip to move out.
So the trick is to train the horse to stop.
A good technique is to use a fence.
Start in the walk.
Always, always, always teach something first from the
Anyway, walk up to the fence and before you get to it,
adjust your body in the stop position.
That is where you relax, take a breath, feet a little
forward, and draw your belly button back to your
You see, the horse can feel that. It's a Pre-Signal to
what you're going to want.
A pre-signal is always a good thing to dofor the
horse. It tells him something's coming.
Okay. You gave him the pre signal and now you say
Whoa is the signal.
You may have to give a "post" signal too. It's
also known as the enforcer.
And that is a slight bump on the reins.
Think of it this way.
You're in your car moving just fine.
Then you see the light turn yellow.
That's your precursor that something's about to
happen. And you already know what that something is.
Likewise, the horse gets his yellow light from how you
adjust your laundry while in the saddle.
Your red light from the traffic light is akin to the
horse hearing you say "Whoa".
That means stop, grow roots, don't keep moving.
So why use the fence to teach your horse to stop?
Because it's in his way. It's an aid to help him to
learn not go forward anymore. After all, there's a
fence in his way.
As you practice this, don't go to the fence 90
degrees. Go at more of an angle, say, 45 degrees.
Remember to switch sides on the horse to practice
One more thing - and I've said it again and again.
Don't make your horse stop over and over and over.
He'll get tired of it REAL fast.
See...I'll bet you even got tired of reading it.
Just do a couple stops on both sides then let him go
You can make a horse mad real quick by overdoing
it. And when he gets mad, he's not too hip on being
So when you get a few successes, let him be
a horse for a bit.
SuperStars of Horse Training
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