Rating for the Jog
Start by asking your horse to jog for 14 strides, then stop and back up 4 steps. Then ask for 12 strides, stop back up, 10 strides and so on. Do this all the way down to 4 strides, repeat the exercise at 4 strides 4 times.
- Goes beyond just getting the horse to slow down, it also builds muscle in the hindquarters making it easier for the horse to move slowly
- Stopping, backing up and trotting back off again is a good way to collect your horse back up if they are becoming "doggy" on you
- You are also working on your horse's stop and back-up, paying careful attention to what you are doing and making sure to use good leg and voice commands can reduce your need for pulling on the reins
- Improve your horse's trot off
Rating for the Lope
This is almost exactly the same as for the jog. Instead of starting at 14 strides though, start at 16 strides, then stop back up, then go 14 strides, stop back up and so on all the way down to 6 strides. Repeat the exercise 4 times at 6 strides if you feel comfortable, then switch directions and go again.
- Same as for Jog
- Also improve's your horse's lope off
- Helps prevent your horse from wanting to rush on the rail in your pleasure classes
- Lays the foundation for using the half halt to slow your horse down in the show ring