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.