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Is this you? You think your horse is about to slow down so you give him a good kick? That makes sense to you - but the horse figures he got kicked for no good reason. You'll burn out your "move faster" cue quick that way. I need you to start thinking and riding differently.

Instead, continue this exercise by walking your horse forward and asking it to speed up; demand a "noticeable change of leg speed." If your horse was traveling at 4 mph, ask for faster and make sure he does just that. It's not a maybe it's a definitely. If he doesn't speed up, kick until he does. If he breaks into the next higher gait, ease him back down and keep trying.

If your horse begins to slow down on his own when you travel 30 feet at the increased speed, then ask him to slow down the next time at 28 feet. It's key that you ask for the slow down - it's not supposed to be his idea. Remember, you don't want to be in the habit of kicking him when you "think" he's going to slow down so you've got to make the first move. Ask him to slow a moment before you think he was going to slow down anyway. You'll concentrate on building the range your horse first gave you; if it was 7 and 10, see if you can't build that out in small increments to 5 and 14, 2 and 16, etc.

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Slowing Your Horse

By Keith Hosman and by Josh Lyons

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Slowing Your Horse

To help slow my horse, I hum. I hum because it naturally changes my seat. So when I'm practicing loping, and my horse is going faster than I want, then I sit down and I count or hum. So, I'll pick up speed and I'll say go faster, then I'll sit down and hum. If I change my seat and the horse does not slow down, then I'm going to stop them. I'm going to say "No, you missed your cue to slow down back there." I'll go forward and do it again. I'll speed him up, then I'll sit down and hum. I can slow him down with the same "seat" I used to speed him up. Sometimes when were having trouble getting our horse to go, we're not riding forward enough with our seat. It's natural for the trainer's seat to actually cause the horse to slow down by sitting down too much or relaxing a little too much.


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Keith Hosman
John & Josh Lyons Certified
Clinician and Trainer

Utopia, TX (Hill Country of San Antonio)

Keith Hosman is based in San Antonio, TX and is available for clinics, lessons and training. He frequently travels to Los Angeles, CA and Kansas City, MO where he partners with fellow clinician Patrick Benson for clinics and demonstrations. You can find him on Google+ and Reddit



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Josh Lyons
Clinician and Trainer

Cross Plains, TN

Josh Lyons inherited his father's stamina, patience, and talent for getting positive results from both horses and people. As Josh says, "Knowledge and patience are the only tools that you need to bring with you into your barn."�Josh currently trains out of his ranch in Cross Plains, TN.


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