I'm a beginner rider that is terrified of loping since that's how I broke my arm many years ago. One day I want to be able to lope, on purpose, and not be frightened. My instructor said that sometimes its best to do it by accident. Well, today that happened. I guess Dancer was feeling a little full of himself and when I asked for a jog or trot he decided he wanted to lope. I allowed him to do it for a second. My mom said that I managed to get two or three strides in before I stopped him. I just wanted to share that for once I wasn't terrified and I didn't panic or scream. However, next time I want to be more prepared. Any tips on how to get over this fear? I definitely want/need to work on my balance on the sitting jog before I really try to lope.
Dancer was also a little more of a handful on the trail today but this only improves my riding.