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post #1 of 4 Old 05-26-2012, 06:35 PM Thread Starter
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Western pleasure lope?

Ok, so I have read and watched dozens of information blurbs about what you have to do to your horse, yet I believe it's never what you do to your horse it's what you can do for your horse. Is there a specific body movement or leg position I can try? Thanks again!
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**Just for clarification, I don't ride western, have very limited experience**

But I'm thinking if the horse can canter, it's going to be similar as rating the speed (in your case, working on slowing down but still being connected and working off the hind) at the trot.

The best thing you can do is find a western coach who has experience training pleasure horses.

But how I taught my warmblood to jog, which may or may not be helpful, is I would post the trot and I'd start posting slower and slower and my seat would get heavier and heavier.. until he got down to the speed I wanted, then I just kept him moving with my seat, encouraging those hind legs to still work and in time he developed the strength to change speeds of his 2nd gait.

But with a trainer you'll teach them the right way, without too many problems

"Strength is the ability to use a muscle without tension"

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Sitting back and cutting off the movement of your body isn't not going to create a great western pleasure lope, if that's what you're after. :/ The best body position is one that doesn't get in the way while you're training your horse to the various movements that are related to the western pleasure lope. You just won't be able to get that slow + collection without learning the two-track, etc.
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I'm not shure when my horse started cantering slow, or what advice in wp I could give you I don't show it but thought about doing so... My problem is the walk he don't walk he slow trots! Haha. Ill ask my friend sam she used to. train and shows wp but my friend michealle who shows aqha world horses said they start there's out with a twisted wire and I wount do that with my boy.
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