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post #1 of 7 Old 09-07-2008, 09:02 PM Thread Starter
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how to gallop

Well I know how to gallop - i've done it before on our little pony. But how do I get my mare to gallop? lol The best I can get out of her is a fast canter and thats with lots of leg and some encouragement with the crop. I just can't seem to get her to gallop no matter what

I really need to know how to get her to gallop as its part of Pony Club K certificate that I'm doing. Thanks!

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post #2 of 7 Old 09-07-2008, 09:11 PM
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I think the easiest way would be to take her out with another horse or two. She probably won't want to be left behind. She may just need to experience it. That's what happened with my mare... once she tried it and now she loves it and I have to go back to training a stop!
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I think that's a good idea^; I'd try that. ;) Also, when she is in the canter (a controlled canter), try squeezing a lot?

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I agree with taking her out with another horse. Horses are very competitive and racing is a pretty natural instinct so try that.

Also shorten your stirrups (if you aren't already), maybe the same as you would for jumping and get up off her back and use your weight to encourage her to move out of a canter and a few taps of a whip. Make sure you let her stretch her neck for balance too.

Another thing to check is the surface you are asking her to gallop on. Make sure it is soft and that she has good footing so she feels safe to go faster safely. Com doesn't gallop, or even canter sometimes, if the ground is slick, he has had a few falls while being ridden and out in the paddock on his own in wet weather so I think he learnt from his mistakes. ;)
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post #5 of 7 Old 09-08-2008, 05:58 PM
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I agree with pinto pony. When i try to get it to the gallop, I tap with a crop and lean way forward. (even though i am western,lol) Just encourage, maybe with your voice a bit, thats what i do and it works on boo.
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ok I'll have to try those suggestions. I can't really take her out with another horse though because most of the riders I know are still at fairly inexperienced and wouldn't be able to gallop. The only rider I know that does gallop has a small pony and my mare only has to canter fast to keep up with his gallop lol. Perhaps the rider can ride her pony waaayyyy up ahead and then I ask my mare to gallop?

There are lots of dirt tracks around here - would they be suitable in dry weather for galloping (its dry now)? I thought I could maybe take her for a ride and face her towards home and then try a gallop as she'll be wanting to go faster then anyway.

I don't think I'll try the crop though... that just annoys her and make her pigroot

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post #7 of 7 Old 09-09-2008, 11:00 AM
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DON'T GALLOP HOME. lol..You might just end up causing more problems for yourself. A friend of ours had a horse that would freak out and gallop all the way home come hell or highwater... it got kinda ugly a couple times.

I like the idea of having the pony go out ahead of you and then "catch up" to them. My horses do this all the time when they don't realize they strayed away from each other. You'd be using her natural desire to work with you thusly she'll not mind your extra encouragement to go faster because she wants to catch up too.

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