01-23-2009, 03:54 PM
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When I ask for a run, I leave my reins how they are for regular riding, lean forward a little bit and apply firm pressure with both legs. They will go into a lope and when I keep the pressure on, they will begin to gallop. If I need them to explode into a run that instant to head a cow or something, I will do the same only with more urgency and hiss or say (not shout) "come on" into their ear. When I do that, I better have a firm hold on the saddle horn or they will leave me in the dust. LOL
If starsky is a young horse, sometimes it takes them a while to figure out how to run with a rider. When he lopes, just keep the leg pressure on then if he doesn't respond, you could give him a soft pop on the rump with a bridle rein and that should be cue enough to get him to gallop. Be happy that he is content to stay in a lope, I know too many people who's horses will not lope at all. With them, it is a dead run or nothing at all.