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post #21 of 31 Old 01-23-2009, 07:07 PM
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Galloping home probably isn't the safest thing to do...
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post #22 of 31 Old 01-23-2009, 10:09 PM Thread Starter
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Galloping home probably isn't the safest thing to do...
Perhaps not... but a few people do it often, and as long as the horse will come out of a gallop while galloping towards the house and walk on a loose rein, I've never seen a problem with it. I know a few people who teach their horses to canter and gallop by turning them towards home and letting them go... As long as the rider knows what they're getting into and the horse is willing toobey the rider, I don't see a problem with it.

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Dumas was more of a fast loper....he didn't gallop unless you ASKED for it. Then, like smrobs, you needed to be hanging on!!! He shifted like a dump truck.

The magic words were, "get it"

Twister on the other hand liked to buck with his gallops. You had better pull up your reins, get your butt just right and hope for the best. :roll: If he had any slack where he could get his head down you were going for a ride. He got too excited!!!

With him a good squeeze or a hard hip bump would get him going. (reins were also a cue)

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post #24 of 31 Old 01-25-2009, 08:45 AM
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I'm all for a little bit of pressure with your legs and a kissing sound.

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My Horse Is An X Racehorse So he's Jst Straight Off! I don't Shorten My Reins Coz I Find He Stays At A Steady Gallop If The Reins Are Loose But If I Shorten Them He Jst Goes Faster! X

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I have this sudden urge to take Denny to the track and see what he's made of.



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My horse knows where we run. It's probably terrible to do what I do, but my horse lets me know when she wants to go, so I get my bum in a two point, shorten my reins [still no contact] and let her go. It's a lot easier to get a good run when she wants to as opposed to asking her to. And my horse LOVES to run. She usually gives me a "casual" gallop, and when I decide we're ready for the next gear, I give her a "HUP" and a kiss and all of a sudden we're REALLY flying.

I don't think where you run or what you're running to matters, as long as your horse stops. If your horse doesn't stop, you shouldn't be running. O_O

A silly thing about my girl. While we're walking along down trails, she'll "spook" at things all the time, but when we're running, she doesn't pay attention to anything but how fast we're going. We were running down the road once, at a full out gallop, and a huge black dog crashes out of the bushes right next to us barking it's head off rand my horse didn't even flick an ear at it. Scared ME to pieces though, haha.

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For galloping, I'll shorten up my reins so they're not all loose and dangly, then go to half seat and kiss. Miss Take often goes from 2mph to a full out gallop with a kiss, so sometimes I'll ask more gently with a nudge so I don't lose my balance completely.
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post #30 of 31 Old 08-30-2009, 10:29 PM
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When I go full-on galloping it's usually on the barrel racing pony, so a simple "Go!" is sufficient for her. And she LOVES to run, so it's tons of fun.
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