How do you tell your horse to gallop?

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    01-14-2009, 07:38 PM
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?
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    01-14-2009, 07:47 PM
I ask my horse to gallop by shortening my reins, lightening my seat
and squeezing with my legs.
    01-14-2009, 07:50 PM
I shorten my reins and get light in the saddle, jockey style. Sometimes I gently pull back on the reins a little because Woodsy is an X-racer and that's how he was trained. Of course I squeeze him and then he's off...But I've learned not to do that anymore, because he does not like stopping, lol
    01-14-2009, 07:50 PM
I do the same, shorten the reins, pressure with the leg but I do the "click click" kissy thing to speed her up. We rarely gallop unless we are on the way home and then I try to keep it to a minimum. I also don't like to do it unless we are someplace with a soft landing like a plowed field.
    01-14-2009, 07:56 PM
Cool. So am I the only person who using a very strange voice command to get the gallop? Lol.
    01-14-2009, 08:35 PM
Nope your not alone lol. I shorten my reins and tell my mare "hut, hut" with a firm voice and she gets going. But her favorite word by far is whoa.
    01-14-2009, 08:36 PM
H aha so far! I click my tonque when I want faster. Also get up out of the saddle. Don't always shorten my reins, sometimes I just let them have their head and run, except on Bundy, cause he thinks a good gallop is also a good excuse for a buck :]
    01-14-2009, 11:07 PM
Vidaloco -- you run home? Wow. I almost never do. I run out and walk back.

I guess I shorten my reins too (sometimes she gets a bit excited), squeeze and do the throat "g g" thing... know what I mean? I don't know how to type it. I just realized I lean forward too... I wonder how much? I'm going to pay attention more next time and see -- maybe I'm throwing her off balance and that's why she gets bucky... hmmm... Thanks for the good question!
    01-15-2009, 12:44 AM
Green Broke
First I just drive with my hips more. Some horses instantly switch gears, but others you have to squeeze more. I also encourage them with my hand and weight. I lean forward just a bit more and "push" with the reins. It really depends on the horse though
    01-15-2009, 01:44 PM
Lol. Cool.

I also run towards home... my mare is cool about it... I can have her in a full out run towards home and stop her and make her walk and she's perfect on a loose rein after coming in from a gallop no matter how close we are to home.

It's amazing how differently we all ask for the gallop, lol.

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