How would you slow your lope? I do alot of round pen work and stuff, so I want a way to slow him down without being in his mouth or anything. I do speed events with him, but I also want to be able to have a nice ride. Thanx
I just saw a clinic about this very problem in April. There were four girls that were all working on this problem at the walk, trot and canter. I am trying to remember exactly what the clinician said. It was something to do with their seat. I think they had to open their hips and really sink into the saddle, not slouched or anything but to have more of their butt into the saddle and ride more with the rythym of the horse. It was amazing how much the horses slowed down when they practiced this.
I'm nervous about commenting because I am such a new rider (9 months now), but I have been riding a very well trained horse, and this is what he taught me! I have been recently working on slowing down the trot without using the reins at all. We started with a walk -- I would urge him to a faster walk with my legs and seat, then slow the walk by easing my leg pressure, sitting back and forcing my weight back and down. After he did this well several times, we went to the trot and did the same thing. At first I had to really overexaggerate this (or at least it felt like I was overexaggerating it), and take my legs completely off him, but it really did work well. If he slipped down into a walk I would just put my legs back on a bit. I assume that this would work at a lope as well? Forgive me if I am completely clueless.