How to Ride a Horse in the Western Style : How to Transition a Horse from Lope to Halt Western Style

How to Ride a Horse in the Western Style : How to Transition a Horse from Lope to Halt Western Style


Hi, I’m Kelli on behalf of Expert Village,
I’m going to show you some tips and techniques that I use when using transitions in the western
style riding. When we are loping around and we want our horse to break down to a halt
we can either squeeze stop, put both spurs in and have them stop that way or if your
horse is trained to do so or you want to sit deep in your saddle, pick up and say whoa.
Depending on how your horse is trained. If your horse is not trained to the squeeze stop
and you stick your spurs in, you are probably more then likely going to go for a crazy ride.
So it is definitely to make sure that your horse is trained to squeeze stop before you
attempt to do so. Otherwise when you stop, you always want to sit deep and pick up and
you can say whoa if your horse respond to verbal commands. So again sit deep, pick up
and say whoa or you can squeeze stop, put both spurs in and your horse would shut down.
So that is how you want to transition from the lope to the halt.

5 thoughts on “How to Ride a Horse in the Western Style : How to Transition a Horse from Lope to Halt Western Style

  1. what kind of saddle is that? it looks either to small for your horse or a weird cross between an eglish and western saddle……

  2. blazingstrawberry – it's a western pleasure lope, it's much slower and more collected than your typical "riding" lope. she gave a good explanation, in very easy terms, in a very quick video – good job.

  3. I don't believe in using spurs, all they do id treaten the horse with an annoying poking feeling, that and if an inexperienced rider was wearing them, it could mean a disaster. they're just there to look good.

  4. @foreverequinefreak No I am definitely not Amish. I know a bunch of people who don't believe that it is necessary to use spurs. They're very pointless, even if it's a hot horse.

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