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        01-01-2013, 04:17 PM
    What The tapping on yourself does, is give the horse warning for when (or if) you tap his withers. It works with my horse. Sometimes he won't go, so I tap my shoulers. He usually hears that and starts to go.
    What it does, it it give the horse warnings for in case you have to actually tap his withers. Taping his withers can sometimes help a horse to go forward. They eventually will not like it,a nd try to get away from it - moving forward. The shoulder, waist and thigh taps are warnings. My horse goes as soon as he hears me tap my shoulders - I think it's because he doesn't want to get tapped, but I don't know for sure how it all works. But it does work.
    It is a Parelli Technique, by the way.
    Does that help? I don't really know any other way to explain it. But it really does work. When spring comes I'll try to post a video of my doing that.
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        01-01-2013, 04:31 PM
    We got a good stretch of open field beside the highway. I got my old mare clocked at almost 80km an hour.
    Nothing like it.
        10-15-2013, 08:37 PM
    Woops, I had no idea I already responded to the posts! Sorry about this, haha!
        10-15-2013, 09:09 PM
    WSA - 80 kmh? You do realize this is race horse speed? I mean that is FAST, even for a just a sprint.
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        10-15-2013, 09:48 PM
    Originally Posted by NorthernMama    
    WSA - 80 kmh? You do realize this is race horse speed? I mean that is FAST, even for a just a sprint.
    88kmh is the world record for a QH galloping for a short sprint distance. TB's that are bred for distance, not speed are galloping at aprox 64kmh.

    The average gallop is 40-48kmh, and even on a good day an Arab's max speed is around 57-58kmh. WSA, did you have rocket's attached to your horse? :)
        10-15-2013, 10:45 PM
    It doesn't take much to get my horse into that next gear. All I really have to do is allow him to go forward, but then I ride a horse who used to race and still loves to run. There's no mistaking the canter from gallop for me. Canter is a distinct, rocking horse 3 beat gait. All kinds of movement. At the gallop, my horse lowers his center of gravity, and I don't feel a thing underneath me. It's absolutely smooth. The horizon does not change a centimeter. I just assume a galloping position and go along for the ride. It really is a fantastic feeling.

    I will caution to work up to galloping instead of just push the button and go. Know how to bring your horse from canter, to hand gallop, to gallop and back again. Definitely make sure you have brakes.

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