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Horse Training Tidbit

One Rein Stops

I think this is one training technique that is misunderstood by a lot of people. To me the one rein stop is a colt starting thing, to get control when the colt doesn’t understand how to give to pressure yet. I see people who have been riding their horse for years that are still using a one rein stop any time their horse goes a little faster. Even then they don’t really do a one rein stop, because their horse doesn’t stop, it just goes around in a circle. A correct one rein stop, the front end stops, and the hind quarters disengage.

Like I said though, this is a colt starting thing. After only a couple rides you should start getting your horse to understand a little pull on both reins. I see the one rein stop being way overdone, and I don’t see horses getting soft vertically.

Ray Hunt started the whole natural horsemanship/colt starting clinic thing back before anyone else was doing any clinics. I went to several of these back in the early eighties. Ray would have us doing one rein stops the first day, the second day we started getting a “soft feel”, and getting our horses to take a step back with their head down. By day three we only did a one rein stop in an emergency.

Their is a natural progression to horse training, and if you still have to do a one rein stop after you’ve been riding your horse for a while, you’re not progressing. If you’re having trouble getting your horse to give to both reins, refer to my previous post, “Soft in the Bridle”.


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