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    01-01-2012, 02:28 PM
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Weanling
Galloping my horse

I have had him 6 months and I have ridden horses before, but during the 6 months this has been the most consistent riding I have ever done. I try to ride once a week at least. I have gotten him to pick up a fast trot, but not sure he is gallopping or not. I don't think he is galloping, just fast walking or trotting. I give him a nice knudge and he picks up the pace. I know some horses do it automatically, just pick it up faster and faster and want to run but mines doesn't seem to. What do I need to do to get him to gallop?

And also when he gallops, I need to lean forward into the ride right?
     
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    01-01-2012, 02:58 PM
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What time of horse is he? My haflinger would rather do a spanking trot than gallop, but she is gradually learning that she can go faster and I find riding in company helps. A gallop is a 4 beat pace and much faster than a canter, they really open up and flatten usually, or at least my TB does and we have hit 40mph

Yes, take weight out of saddle and lean forwards slightly (english riding - can't comment on anything else).
     
    01-01-2012, 03:25 PM
  #3
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Something tells me you haven't galloped at all because once you experience a gallop, there is no confusing it with any kind of walk or trot. So if you're not sure your horse is galloping, then it isn't. Trust me, the speed difference is dramatic.

A horse will pick up a gallop from a canter if you add a good squeeze with your legs. If that fails, a slap with the crop right behind your leg will git'r done.
     
    01-01-2012, 03:43 PM
  #4
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Originally Posted by Clava    
What time of horse is he? My haflinger would rather do a spanking trot than gallop, but she is gradually learning that she can go faster and I find riding in company helps. A gallop is a 4 beat pace and much faster than a canter, they really open up and flatten usually, or at least my TB does and we have hit 40mph

Yes, take weight out of saddle and lean forwards slightly (english riding - can't comment on anything else).

Sorry that should have read what "type" of horse (must remember to check what my fingers are typing!)

And agree with mildot - there is a huge difference in the paces.
     
    01-01-2012, 04:12 PM
  #5
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One more thing OP, you might want to be sure you are comfortable and secure at a canter before you amp up the speed.
     
    01-01-2012, 04:21 PM
  #6
Showing
OP, I think you're confusing canter and gallop. The primary gaits of the horse are:
Walk-->trot-->canter-->gallop.
Canter feels drastically different than the trot.

http://www.angelfire.com/sports/neig...eighschool.htm
     
    01-01-2012, 04:41 PM
  #7
Weanling
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Originally Posted by equiniphile    
OP, I think you're confusing canter and gallop. The primary gaits of the horse are:
Walk-->trot-->canter-->gallop.
Canter feels drastically different than the trot.

Neigh School - Animations of horse schooling movements

He is a paint quarter. I am comfortable now with picking up speed. I rode a horse once that took off upon turning around to head back to the owners house and I definitely remembered that as I fell/jumped off right before approaching the fence and not knowing what the horse was going to do. I was ok though, but yeah I am comfortable with mine picking up speed. I will try the leg squeeze thing for sure.

And what about slowly bringing him to a stop or slow down?
     
    01-01-2012, 04:47 PM
  #8
Weanling
Just watched a video and yes the canter is what I want. Once I get that down, then I can start to gallop him . Trotting is what he was doing
     
    01-01-2012, 04:49 PM
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Originally Posted by nyg052003    
and what about slowly bringing him to a stop or slow down?
I would just suggest you take lessons. Strongly.
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    01-01-2012, 05:14 PM
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Weanling
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Originally Posted by mildot    
I would just suggest you take lessons. Strongly.
thanks but I will learn surely without lessons.

That's why I talk to people and ask questions, then I ask more questions, then I ask more questions. All upon trying things and getting a feel for things
     

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