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Speed Control at the Lope & Canter with Kitty Bowland

We will not cover emergency stopping methods such as the pulley rein in this article, as a bolting horse is not something a child or novice is going to be able to handle very well. If you're  a beginner, ride only trained horses with a good 'stop' and only under the direction of a knowledgeable horse person. Says coach,  judge and trainer Kitty Bowland, 'Don't ride, or allow any beginner to ride, a known speed demon. Only a professional should have to deal with this problem.' However, providing you have a good coach and a well-trained horse, learning speed control at the lope and canter is an important and necessary skill. In english riding, half-halts (or "checks" if you ride western) are applied at the moment of suspension, when all four legs are off the ground, right after the leading foreleg lands. A good half-halt (which is just as it…

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