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  • How to stay in saddle while loping
  • How to get my horse to stay in the lope

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    02-11-2012, 10:46 PM
  #1
Foal
Can't stay on at a lope.

I have a gelding appaloosa. I love him to death but he seems to be just a little 'narrower' than most horses. I'm not sure how to explain it, but he is very tall and not very wide if that makes sense. He also doesn't seem to have as much of a sway in his back like most horses do. Anyways, When I get him up to a lope, the only way I can stay on is to hang onto the horn. I feel like I'm going to just go off the side at any second unless I am holding on for dear life! Is this because he is not very wide and doesn't have much of a dip in his back or am I doing something wrong? Is it the saddle? I am a fairly new rider but I can lope with my friends horse fairly easily with both hands on the reins. Any suggestions?
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    02-11-2012, 10:53 PM
  #2
Trained
Some horses are very hard to ride at the lope. My older gelding was one. I hated loping him. He was very tall and skinny like your horse. He was also a very massive mover.

It takes a lot of feel. Do you have a trainer who can help you with your position? It takes a lot of practice. For me it just took a LOT of really sitting back and moving my hips, using my heels as a shock absorber instead of bracing.
     
    02-11-2012, 11:01 PM
  #3
Foal
I'm planning on bringing him to a trainer so I can get some help with it. But I recently broke my collar bone on him, so can't ride him for a while :(
I'm glad to know I'm not the only one that has had this problem, thank you!
     
    02-11-2012, 11:07 PM
  #4
Yearling
He might be dropping a shoulder if you're loping on a circle...which would tip you over to one side if it's unbalancing you.

I had a tall skinny horse and a narrow twist saddle once that - combined - made me fall off on a regular basis. For some reason it felt like I wasn't able to 'sit' down and never was balanced in that saddle. Very not fun.
     
    02-11-2012, 11:26 PM
  #5
Showing
I agree that some horses are just hard to ride well at the lope. Being hollow in their back, unbalanced, and strung out can compound the problem.

I took in a mare for training that was over 10 years old and had never been ridden. Her lope was the most horrible thing you can possibly imagine. It was downright jarring and would knock the air out of you. I've been riding my entire life and I had trouble riding her at first. Once I got her to relax in her gait and collect up, he lope got tons better. She'll never be a pleasant horse to lope around, but she ended up as a tolerable loper.

I'm really happy to hear that you are going to get a trainer to help with him, they'll be able to get his best lope out of him.
     
    02-11-2012, 11:42 PM
  #6
Yearling
The advantage of having a horse that's difficult to ride is that when you get to where you can ride him and then you get on other horses you'll feel like your butt is glued to the saddle. Kind of like learning to drive in a manual. Once you can handle that, you can drive anything. I have a mare that has a very big stride and when I've been riding her and then I get on other horses, it's so easy to sit them it almost worries me. Kind of a blessing in disguise.
     
    02-16-2012, 05:38 PM
  #7
Weanling
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Originally Posted by petera5    
I have a gelding appaloosa. I love him to death but he seems to be just a little 'narrower' than most horses. I'm not sure how to explain it, but he is very tall and not very wide if that makes sense. He also doesn't seem to have as much of a sway in his back like most horses do. Anyways, When I get him up to a lope, the only way I can stay on is to hang onto the horn. I feel like I'm going to just go off the side at any second unless I am holding on for dear life! Is this because he is not very wide and doesn't have much of a dip in his back or am I doing something wrong? Is it the saddle? I am a fairly new rider but I can lope with my friends horse fairly easily with both hands on the reins. Any suggestions?
Thank you!

OMG I am dealing with the same thing! I like to think I'm a decent rider and the lope has always been easy for me. I just bought a tall, slender horse and his lope is so weird and his trot is the choppiest ever!!! I actually just posted a post about this because I feel like I'm doing something wrong. But it feels like his front end comes up very high and so does his back end and my butt comes up high then slams back down and I just can't seem to balance on him....I will be checking back for answers!
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    02-16-2012, 06:20 PM
  #8
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I'm also very glad to hear that you're getting a trainer. Some of those horses just aren't comfortable! I learned to lope on this lovely older mare who had tons of training and could give you the most cushiony, balanced, well rated canter to be found. Have a bit of a swayed back and a good transition from trot to canter just made it better. I think even a legless man could of loped her without feeling off.

And then I started riding other horses. One moment I felt like top rider, the next- I was on the ground gasping, trying to figure out what just happened! The TB that I was now riding was so unbalanced and thin that it felt like I was on a balance beam. Ian is right though. Once you learn to canter a horse like that, you don't take a good lope for granted anymore, and you develope a great seat!
     
    02-17-2012, 09:03 AM
  #9
Weanling
I am in the same situation appaloosa gelding narrow and can't stay on a lope for my dear life, all my lopes were accidently, I've fallen off 2/3 of the times I have loped him. But it could be the 2 times I've fallen were going down a hill (total accidents) and the one I stayed on was going up a hill
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