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Judges watching a sliding stop during a horse show are looking for a horse that turns the corner and waits for the rider's command. Find out how to do a show-worthy sliding stop on a horse with helpful advice in this video on riding and caring for horses.
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When you go to do a sliding stop what the judges are looking for is a horse that turns a corner and it waits for it's rider. One that builds speed and goes down and when the rider says whoa the horse's back end stops and slides while the front end keeps running. And they are looking for the horse's effort. They are looking to see how far they slide, how fast they ran to it. And the further and the faster you run just adds to the degree of difficulty to that maneuver which will earn you more points. When you run down and stop your horse, your horse should be soft and supple and that goes back to the beginning, putting a good face and a good foundation on your horse. When you pick up your hand, your horse should break over the bridle and be soft.