As a beginner, there are several riding skills you will want to learn. They all form the building blocks that become the foundation of what assists you in becoming a good horse rider. In order to reach that goal, you must first master the many basic skills. One very important skill to learn once you have learnt to ride your horse properly is getting your horse to stop by command. There are different vocal cues you can use and depending on your instructor, it can be either the word ‘whoa’, ‘halt’ or ‘stop’.