This is the second in a series of training sessions I documented with Cameron Meissner. This one is about schooling a client and her new horse in maintaining a strong sliding stop.
The sliding stop is one of the characteristic maneuvers of the reining horse. A strong sliding stop is also important if you compete in working cow horse and many other western classes. If you’re fortunate enough to have a horse with a good sliding stop, riding that stop correctly is important to scoring well, as well as to maintaining your horse’s good form and willingness over time.
In this program Cameron Meissner discusses the approach, the cue, the actual stop, and the follow-through schooling as needed.
The approach to a sliding stop.
This is the run up to the area where you cue for the stop. Without a solid approach, your horse won’t be balanced, which means he won’t stop with athleticism and ease. Cameron explains the use of fencing as a training tool.
The cue for a sliding stop.
This is the instant at which you ask your horse for the stop—using a combination of hand, body, and voice. Cameron stresses the need for the non pro to have all three types of cues working as a back up plan for a good sliding stop in the show pen.
The actual sliding stop.
This is the moment when most show pen photos are taken. At this moment the horse is in the process of rounding his back and engaging his hindquarters into the ground. Cameron explains the importance of the riders timing how the horse’s body position enables the definitive deep-in-the- ground stop. Cameron’s show preparation schooling for a sliding stop encourages the horse to round its back, engage the hindquarters, and stay soft in the bridle.
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