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post #1 of 8 Old 10-12-2008, 12:00 AM Thread Starter
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Galloped Nana today!

OK so i FINALLY galloped nana today and it was AMAZING!!!! i was flyin down the shoulder of the road!!

Me, the husband of the girl that started the stable business, and their son all went on a long 8 mile ride. IT was alot of fun and Nana really did good! When we galloped, nana was bookin it! i just leaned forward and rode it and it was a blast!! wind hittin my face, i felt like i was flyin..!

although there is one thing that i am SERIOUSLY strugglin with! It could be because i am sore in my back, but for some reason i can only sit the lope only half the time.. like i will get it and flow with the motion of the lope but then i lose it and it drives me CRAZY!

any suggestions.. I try to relax, shoulders back, relax stomach, heels down, rock the hips... still nothin!! i keep bouncin hard out of the seat

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post #2 of 8 Old 10-12-2008, 01:44 AM
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Wow! Sound like you had fun! Galloping is the best :-D

As for cantering (loping), I think its just something you'll need to just keep working on. I know it took me ages to be able to sit properly to the canter, not because I was doing anything in particular wrong but I just needed practice. Can someone possibly lunge you so you can think about your seat rather than also trying to control your horse? If not, just do lots of cantering so you can get more practice!

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post #3 of 8 Old 10-12-2008, 08:51 AM
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Great Brandon!

There is a difference in a gallop and a lope (canter). A gallop can be an all out run but a lope is a more controlled 3 beat gait and slower then a gallop. Sit deep in your saddle, keep your upper body steady and move from your hips in tune with your horse. Don't look down at your horse, it will unbalance you.

If you are getting pitched back and forth then you are out of rhythm. The biggest problem with that is the tendency to use your reins to balance yourself. If that is the case, use your saddle horn to keep balance until you catch on. It just takes time and experience but we all started like that!

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post #4 of 8 Old 10-12-2008, 11:27 PM
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I'm glad you got Nana! It sounds like you had a blast. Sitting the gallop is pretty hard, I usually come up into 2 point even in a western saddle because it's going so fast.

Sitting the lope is really hard, harder then sitting a canter (to me anyway) because it's so "broken" feeling. My suggestion is lean back, you know... sit up straight and make sure you are on your pockets. Then put the weight in the inside portion of the ball of your foot and do not tense your legs. You'll be holding on w/ your upper thighs... don't let your calves swing, just loosen up on them... make sure you breath and don't curl your toes... I hope that's hopefulll......

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post #5 of 8 Old 10-12-2008, 11:54 PM
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Get more meat on your butt? lol JK

I cant offer any advice for the lope, but it's great to hear that you are getting along so well with Nana, I am super jealous.

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That is great!! I agree, just keep working at it. Some horses its easier to sit the canter/gallop than others but it definitely takes a lot of practice. I think you are doing all the right things.

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[quote=Moxie;165772]Get more meat on your butt? lol JK

oh man thats funny!!! hauling some major horsey booty is the best escape!!! glad to hear that you galloped nana!!!

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post #8 of 8 Old 10-15-2008, 12:43 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks guys, and yes it was ALOT of fun. Nana's lope is very different from any horse that i have ridden, because alot of the horses i have ridin really pushed off with there back end.. however with nana, its just DIFFERENT.. I have such a hard time findin her rythm and really gettin the feel, even though i feel her lopin.

I loped her the other day and did GREAT, i sat the lope just fine... although nana also flung me off twice because when we were cantering, she suddenly flung right into someone elses drive and i almost did a hail mary into the pavement.

Its just gonna take alot of practice..

I do look at nana when i lope and it does throw me off... so i might try not to look at her movement when we lope.

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