Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: TN, but moving soon
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There are two ways, depending on how your horse has been trained and how accurately it responds. You can ask for a gallop from walk or trot. Give even preasure at the leg and give hand. So, squeeze and loosen up on the bit. The ammount you do these two things is the difference between trot and gallop in essence. The more squeeze, the more speed you are asking for. I was taught that you don't ever need heel to horse, but that is a highly debated issue. If you are asking from the trot, sit, don't trot and ask for speed. Leaning slightly forward and giving hand.
Personally, I prefer the gallop, or lope, (slower version) over a trot. Its smoother and easier to ask for turns, although there is a longer response time. If you have a large arena or fenced area and your horse can keep a good circle you can learn there fairly easily. I learned in a back field, on a barn sour horse (bad way). Galloping is one of those things that is nice to have tucked in a back pocket for when you need it, and its really fun.
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