Join Date: May 2009
Location: Mid Northern TN
Sounds like a nice rocking horse lope. Relax and go with it. Have you ever sat on one of those big balloon like physio balls? You know how you can just roll them around with your rear end? It's sort of like that- you relax your hips and let everything from your rear and belly button be moved forward and then back with his stride while keeping your upper half balanced, back and not tense. It's actually really pleasant to ride IMO, sort of hypnotic. His head would be down because he's WP trained and that is what he's been taught he is supposed to do.
My guy has that, but when I ask for a real gallop (as opposed to a lope) he will move out and the rocking motion is lost, at which point I usually am in half seat anyway. I'm betting this horse wasn't galloping, but loping instead, as that is far more likely what he's been trained to do. Unless there is something physically wrong with him, I bet your sister could retrain him that a gallop is also something he can do, if she wanted, but it sounds like he'll be a good match as-is (for her!). :)
Some people will describe riding a lope like riding a wave in the ocean- you're up at the top, then flow down into the valley between them, then you rise to the top, and then flow down again. Not sure if that is helpful, but that imagery helped me a lot when I first learned to relax into the lope.
Last edited by Sharpie; 10-06-2013 at 02:19 PM.