Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Gallant, Alabama
How do you tell your horse to gallop?
As I was riding earlier today I got to thinking (I ride, therefore I'm a philosopher... lol...)...
I was thinking about the commands you use, whether voluntarily or involuntarily, when telling your horse to go faster.
For example, I... when I want my mare to gallop full out... I will shorten my reins about a foot and a half [without realizing it] (I ride with very loose reins), start urging her on by using the hand the reins are in and 'throwing' that hand up by her ears and back repeatedly, and adopt a very grizzly tone of voice and scream "Hike, Hike!"...
My girl knows that 'hike' means 'run' and anytime I say it she gets antsy and energetic and wants to go.
What about you guys? What do yall use/do to get your horses to gallop?
Horseshoe Loop Farm: Home of Gypsie (1994 TWH mare), Dakota (2006 TWH gelding), Jo (2012 TWH filly) & Minnie (1992 Paint mare)