I remember the first time I watched a John Lyons video. He said the important things to remember about horses were . . .Well, I can't remember all of them, but I remember this one: lazy. He said horses are by nature, lazy. Owning a very energetic forward breed, I am not sure I always agree with that, however, I was reminded recently that sometimes it is good to stop as the reward.
When I was at Julie Fisher's place, her husband Craig was riding in the arena. He was riding a really pretty grey mare who was trained as a cutting horse (if I remember correctly). Craig was helping a young woman who had just purchased a horse from them and after her lesson he rode is mare a little (and had probably done some riding before, I just came in at the end). He rode up to Julie and said 'I'm getting off her, she did a good job'. What is funny is that this is only the 2nd time I have met Craig and he said the same thing the last time about the horse he was riding.
Craig has helped me remember that it is important to STOP and reward your horse. If you have achieved something good in 5 minutes, stop. If you accomplish something great, stop. I have a tendency to ask 1 more time. One more time often leads to two more times and so on. . .so then I find myself with tired and overworked mount who I struggle with during the next ride. This morning I rode Santana and when I got a good down transition, I stopped.