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    12-30-2012, 04:37 PM
Originally Posted by Muppetgirl    
The 'feel' of a gallop is will feel the horse flatten out and you should be able to slide your rein hand (if your neck reining) right along the horses neck and lean forward into horse is trained that if my hand goes straight out and forward it means go! CHAAAAAAARRRRGGGGE!!!!!!!
That's a great way to describe it. I feel more fluidity and almost...smoothness in gallop. It's difficult to explain. I can feel the difference, but I can also hear the difference between the beats.
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    12-30-2012, 04:39 PM
I ride western.
What I do is just make clucking noises.
If he doesn't go by then, tap the tail of the rope on my shoulders, then waist, then thighs, then finally his withers.
If he still doesn't go by then, I give him the lightest ever tap with my heels. Usually by the rope he is going though.
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    12-30-2012, 04:46 PM
Originally Posted by amberly    
...tap the tail of the rope on my shoulders, then waist, then thighs, then finally his withers...

You hit yourself with a rope to make the horse go faster?
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    12-30-2012, 04:48 PM
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    12-30-2012, 06:52 PM
I'm confused by that too, could you explain yourself better amberly?
    12-31-2012, 02:50 PM
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If I'm not mistaken, that's a parelli method and meant for the rider to be fair with cues and avoid just cropping/hitting with the rope the horse without a reason, and also to maintain the rythm of the cues. However, I wouldn't use it myself.

A good way how to distinguish a gallop from a fast canter is the momentum when the horse switches legs in mid air to go into a four-beat gait and it feels like he's hanging in the air for a second, and then suddenly shooting off much faster and with a very smooth movement, almost like gliding or flying over the road. You know the feeling when you experience it, it's unmistakeable. :) I cue my horse for gallop with going into two-point, extending one arm forwards and smooching once, if necessary. He then knows his job and does it gladly. :)
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    12-31-2012, 02:58 PM
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With my Tb it is more like mind reading, I'm not aware of any aids given, but she is allowed to GO! As already said the difference is that the horse will flatten, the stride open out and there you are...flying We have hit nearly 40mph across a stubble field and it was exhilerating. We regularly gallop up a fire break in a forest, but this is up a reasonable hill so never quite reach those speeds.
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    01-01-2013, 11:44 AM
Many people have said that it feels like flying. Is it hard to ride?
    01-01-2013, 01:26 PM
Galloping gets my adrenaline pumping a bit more than a canter. ;) That's one way to tell. But I agree with the poster who mentioned that split second hang time followed by a burst of power. That describes the mustang I used to ride to a T.

I unfortunately don't have many opportunities to let my TB go. I look forward to someday getting him in a wide open field.
    01-01-2013, 01:35 PM
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Originally Posted by eeo11horse    
Many people have said that it feels like flying. Is it hard to ride?

Not hard to ride :) Just take a forward seat and sit still.

I am galloping in this photo
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