56th in a series
Last issue, Les prepared us well as we head into collected stops. Here are a few more pointers.
When you are ready for the stop and you take away your legs, don’t say “whoa.” We don’t want a crisp hard stop yet. We want a beautiful energy transfer from the front of the horse to the back, one that just melts. What you are going to feel when it’s right is that there is actually an energy current that goes from his poll, down his spine and to his hind legs. You can stop a little harder but don’t say “whoa” at this point; you’re letting him melt, and saying “whoa” means “get it into the ground.”
55th in a series
After Les broke down the components of a collected stop in last issue, here he presents keys to remember.
54th in a series
Last issue, Les laid out the critical piece to a stop: collection. Now we break down the components further.
53rd in a series
Last issue, Les outlined what we need to do for great stops. Now we’ll look at the work in hand in greater detail.
The most important ingredient to a stop is collection, and collection is achieved through weight reversal from the forehand to hindquarters. How does it happen?
52nd in a series
Last issue, Les wrapped up his detailed lessons on turn-arounds. Now we’ll open the door to stops.
51st in a series
Last issue, Les listed details we should look for when troubleshooting our progress. Now we’ll head into turnarounds with a few keys to have in our focus.
50th in a series
Last issue, Les finished up details of turnaround exercises. Now, we’ll look at what we’ve covered, and how to keep our efforts on track.
49th in a series
Last issue, Les put us to work with basic exercises of the turnaround. Now we’ll add a couple new ones.
48th in a series
Last issue, we looked in detail at leg and rein positions. Now we can put it to work with some exercises.
The exercises we’ll work on here are just the beginnings of the turnaround. Even if your horse really starts to get it, I don’t want you to even think about speed at this point. What you’re looking to establish is the turning cue, the basic footwork and smooth cadence. When he really learns the movement, adding the speed won’t be a problem; however, to try for speed before he’s confident with the movement can scare him, frustrate him and make him start to dread, rather than enjoy, his training.
47th in a series
Last issue, Les introduced us to turnarounds – one crossover step at a time. Here is a review of key points for the turnaround before we start exercises next issue.