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post #1 of 15 Old 01-25-2010, 11:41 AM Thread Starter
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Question Any tips for the Gallop?

Hello everyone. So, here it is, my first post in the area...thing. xD

So here's how it last riding class, I galloped on my own for the first time. (As in, a horse without what we call a guide)
Now, I know I couldn't expect to get it perfect the first time. o.o Still...I almost fell. O.o; And I only managed to remain in gallop for...what, 3 seconds at a time?
So I was hoping for some tips to do at least a bit better the next time!

Now, here's my main problem...I can't remain sitting! >.<
I'm already not really the best at the sitting TROT, but I think I'm getting better there.

But the sitting trot is one thing, there's not as much of an...impact. As soon as I start going faster than that, I start rising and sitting, which as my teacher says, confuses the horse because...well, if I want gallop I need to sit.

Maybe it's my position? After I failed at the gallop, I trained the sitting trot for a while in a position that seemed to feel...easier to stay sitting.
I know I have to keep my shoulders back, but am I suppose to...lean a bit back, or just sit straight? (hopefully I'm making sense)

Also...might as well also ask this. In the sitting trot, am I suppose to be keeping my legs relaxed, or not? x.x I somewhere in a thread here I think someone saying to keep your legs relaxed, but I always thought you were suppose to keep them "gripping" the horse.

*scratches head* Anyway...any tips are welcome. Thanks in advance for any advice. ^^
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post #2 of 15 Old 01-25-2010, 12:36 PM
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do you ride english or western ?

when you gallop your butt should be out of the tack. if you are sitting down on their back you interfere with their movement & will make it harder for them to gallop. also make sure you are giving them some extra rein & maybe grab the mane to make sure you arent accidentally pulling back on them.

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I ride English, and usually gallop on my pony. I go into two-point/jumping position. I still grab mane and try to perfect my position at this faster gait. It's hard to nail, don't expect to get it right away(:.
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My horses will not gallop unless im "off their back". In other words... Standing in my stirrups, leaning foward.
And depending on how the horse is trained.... my horses move off leg pressure... so you cant just grip them with your legs.
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You're not supposed to stay in your tack :) get into two point (not jumping position, two point/half seat ;) ) and yeah, grab some mane!! Good luck!

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post #6 of 15 Old 01-25-2010, 01:18 PM
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My trainer just calls it "jumping position". My old trainer called it two-point... So I figured it was the same, or close-to the same thing. (;
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Aaah, I see, I see. o.o Thanks everyone for their advice.

By the way, I ride English. *nod*

But now I'm wondering if what we call gallop is what you consider gallop.
Because well, you either call gallop something different, or my teacher is waaay off. O.o

I know the jumping position, we've trained it a few times at a trot to get us to it, but what my teacher tells me to do is definitely NOT the jumping position. o.o
She tells me I MUST be sitting, with my shoulders back.
x.x Perhaps it's what you call the canter? I said gallop because we call it "galope", I kind of...assumed.

But after looking it up on google and looking at a webpage talking about the canter...I think THAT's what we're doing...

D: Sorry for the mix up, everyone! Difference in languages can be a pain.
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post #8 of 15 Old 01-26-2010, 01:56 PM
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I'm pretty sur e you mean the canter. It's like a rocking horse motion. A 3 beat gait. You would reman sitting at the canter. You'll lean slightly foward. Keep your butt firm and dont grip alot with your legs. They should be more relaxed.

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post #9 of 15 Old 01-26-2010, 02:07 PM Thread Starter
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Yeah, I think that's it!
Again, sorry for the mix up. (Hey, on the bright side, I won't forget the tips you gave me for the actual gallop. xD I'll be a bit more prepared when that comes along.)

So I should try to keep my legs relaxed. *nod* Alright, I'll keep that in mind. Thanks! :3
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Sitting the canter can be quite difficult to learn, especially depending on the gaits of your horse. I've been riding my entire 24 years of life, and I still have difficulty with it when I'm riding English on a choppier horse.

The tips for galloping can actually extend to the canter as well - you need strong legs, but it's typically quite easier to do jumping position/two-point the first few times you canter just so you can get used to the feeling of it without fighting to keep from bouncing. Obviously you need a very strong jumping position at the walk and trot first, but this is the advice I extend to most beginner riders and they seem to find it easier in the beginning to be out of the saddle.

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