When improving your horse’s stop, it is important to have more than one way to ask for it. I have three individual cues: saying the word “whoa,” pulling on the reins, or “releasing” my legs. Each of these cues should work on its own. Many people ask the horse to stop by doing all three cues together. Although this is not exactly wrong and there are times when I will use them together, the strength of the training is in having all the cues work individually.
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This article originally appeared in the April 2012 issue of Horse Illustrated. Click here to subscribe.