￼Sliding stops are something almost every horse owner would love to have their horse do. Im not saying everyone wants that maneuver in their horse but I think everyone would like to try it at least once.
There are many styles of stopping that are used in different disciplines and for different jobs. The reining horse has a straight, free flowing slide when your cutting horse has a quick and low stop while keeping their nose and eyes on the cow to hunt that turn. For me, both have importance and serve very different purposes.
Being involved in in cow-horse and ranch versatility I need my horses to know the time and place for the different styles of stopping. I have always kept Larry stopping on his hind quarters without bracing but I have yet to put pressure for real sliding stops. Up until about three weeks ago I didn't feel Larry was physically ready to take that pressure.
This year Larry went through a stage where he would get sore in his shoulders regardless of the saddle and pad I used. It got to a point when riding was not very fun for him. I knew that was not like Larry so I decided time off would be best.
After coming back from his time off Larry felt like a whole new horse. He felt bigger and stronger under me. A thought crossed my mind telling me that I wanted sliders put on him, I brushed that aside and went on. The next day the same thought hits me again so I decided now is the time. Fortunately, Larry was due for his feet to be done in just a few days.
The first day I let Larry feel out his new sliders with our small stops. They consisted of three to five foot slides at a quiet lope. The next day with my moms help I pushed Larry and we got a few ten and twelve foot slides. They may have not been the prettiest or eye appealing, but Larry tried. I believe Larry will have a very eye appealing sliding stop. He wants to be soft and stay level headed.
I am the type of rider that likes to slowly build things up at a snails pace, I can work too much on body positioning and frame without putting the pressure to step up. There is a time and a place for both frame work with refining and pushing out the of the comfort zone to step up your game. I can get the basics of stops, spins, and cow work but without my mom they would never grow to a competitive level.
I am so thankful that I have my mom here to help me. She has many years of experience that she willingly shares with everyone.