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post #1 of 2 Old 12-31-2012, 12:51 PM Thread Starter
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Question How can I train my horse to do a collected lope?

I recently bought a 10 year old Quarter Horse mare. I am teaching her the barrel pattern now and she is doing great. My only issue is that she has a problem transitioning from a trot to a lope. She does this really fast bouncy trot for a good distance before she can pick up her lope. Once we are into the lope, then it takes awhile for her to collect herself. Are there any exercises or any ways I can train her to pick up her lope immediately and then collect herself immediately? Thank you!
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post #2 of 2 Old 12-31-2012, 05:22 PM
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Do you have a specific cue you use for a lope or do you just squeeze/kick into the lope. Teach a specific cue (a lot of people slide the outside leg back and tilt the nose slightly in) and use it to cue for a lope. If she just speeds up at the trot bring her back to a nice working trot and try again. By just speeding up until she has to break into a lope she is getting herself off balance before she is even in the lope and really has no chance of a nice balanced lope. If you practice cuing her into the lope while she is still at a nice collected trot I am betting her lope will be much more balanced.
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