John Wicks Clinic: Preparation to Stop – Explaining the Approach to a Stop
6.31 minutes – In this video John explains all the elements to work on at a canter before you start to teach a horse to stop. If the approach to the stop isn’t good you won’t get a good stop. The first exercise that John explains is cantering and speeding the horse up in a straight line going down the arena, then rating speed (slowing down) at the end, turning the corner, straightening back up and repeating this down the other side of the arena. John talks about the importance of keeping the horse forward and soft through this exercise and how to make corrections when things go wrong. He also touches on correcting the horse through the back up. This exercise is working on the preparation to stop.