There are a few basic skills you will need to learn when you first learn to drive. These are the building blocks for being a good racer. The first thing you will want to understand as you learn to drive is how to stop, whoa or stop.
Your instructor can use any of those words when they want you to bring your horse to a standstill. Most likely, your first steps as you learn to drive will be to walk. But before you do that, you need to know how to stop.
To stop, close your finger and squeeze back. The horse should stop when he feels the pull backward. As you use the support tools, you will eventually learn to stop using your body, seat, and legs. By stopping your body you are hugging your horse to stop well.
That’s as you acquire the skill and fine tune of your assistants. You will push your seat deeper into the saddle, stiffen your back, slightly pull your legs up on the horse and tighten the reins. As soon as the horse reacts and comes to a complete stop.
This does not have to be forced. It sometimes helps to breathe out when you stop. Sometimes you will need to apply a stronger, pull-back help if the horse doesn’t want to stop.
Keep in mind, if you are heading for a show, you will not be able to use the voice cues while you are riding in a horse show. Your signals for the stop should be smooth. When you have stopped completely or stopped, you may be asked to walk, sprint or jog or even canter or lope depending on the advanced level of your instructor.
If you stopped because your ride was over, compliment your horse, be it a scratch or a pat on the neck. Disassembly and loosening of the barn or cinch, and if your ride ends, run up. Like any new skill, learning to stop can take time until it feels comfortable and natural. Eventually, it will automatically come and your support will be more effective