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        01-16-2009, 06:15 PM
    Well, seeing as I don't have very many places clear and long enough for me to do a full out gallop, there's only one place I do it. My pony usually knows what it means when I'm gathering the reins and asking her to collect a little bit before we make the turn onto the straightaway. She's usually jigging by the time I've made the turn, and it's really just a matter of me giving her clearance for takeoff after that. ^_^ I'll give her the reins and off we go. I'm lucky, having a pony who's nearly bombproof but also loves to get up and go.
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        01-16-2009, 08:24 PM
    Our girls know that when we're in a field or a long straight and I give them free rein and a little leg, it means they're free to go....
        01-18-2009, 12:42 PM
    I do the same as many of you. :]
    I get light in my seat, shorten my reins, squeeze with my legs, and I always add in a "GIT UP!" Ha ha.
        01-18-2009, 02:44 PM
    Lol. Cool...
        01-18-2009, 02:50 PM
    I think 'I might have a gallop' and moo picks up on my thought and off we go, lol.
        01-21-2009, 03:37 AM
    I go galloping all the time it is sooo much fun! Its like flying! I don't really have a specific word, I just sort of raise my voice and get all excited, shorten the reins a little and sit lighter. I don't have to squeeze with my legs when im on my 10yo paint gelding, as soon as I get excited and let him go, he is off!!!
        01-21-2009, 05:58 PM
    I have been trying to get Starsky to gallop, and he won't. He just stays in the lope, no matter what I do. Any tips?
        01-21-2009, 10:40 PM
    Um... try what some of the people on here have said that they do... or carry a crop or switch with you and pop him when he won't gallop...
        01-23-2009, 02:32 PM
    We in Germany make that very complicated. Horse is inward placed, made exterior leg to the rear and pressed there. At it with the internal leg also pressure. Naturally there are also which, which make only the outside leg to the rear, as I. That is many more comfortable.
        01-23-2009, 02:54 PM
    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.

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