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post #11 of 18 Old 08-22-2010, 11:32 PM Thread Starter
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Hmm, interesting... so it is a fast canter? Haha. I guess it makes sense. Instead of giving my horse her head and letting her go, it's basically me still holding her back and maintaining contact. Right?

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post #12 of 18 Old 08-22-2010, 11:46 PM
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You are asking for your horse to come up into your seat every upstride your horse makes, with your legs.

It isn't about holding your horses face, you want to allow your horse to use his/her body properly, by using yours correctly.

Your seat is slightly out of your tack, with your tail bone tucked under you, core activated, tall upper body with your chest open as though you are lifting your heart. You want to obtain and maintain that energy from behind.

Your upper body keeps your horse from going onto their forehand, your legs are keeping the energy and keeping your horses back round and up into your seat, while maintaining that impulsion from behind.

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Aha! I see! Thanks so much, that painted it all very nicely for me. =]

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post #14 of 18 Old 08-23-2010, 09:08 PM
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MIE--You always give great descriptions of what he rider is supposed to be doing and it is so awesome! Makes it so much easier to understand :)
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I am glad that I am able to help VelvetsAB :)

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post #16 of 18 Old 08-23-2010, 11:07 PM
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According to Wikipedia...

Trot: ~8 mph
Canter: 10-17 mph
Gallop: 25-30 mph


In a clinic I saw George Morris described the hand gallop as a 3 beat canter ridden at 14-16 mph.

So basically a fast but controlled canter. But to do it well, read MIE's description. (It is possible to have a crappy hand gallop, heavy on the forehand and such)
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I'm glad someone finally answered this, I have been wondering what it was since it was called for one time in a show I had entered and I didn't have a clue.
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You were more than likely in a "Road Hack" class eh? I remember them asking for a Hand Gallop when I used to do Flat Shows back in the day.

It is a very useful gait, many Eventers use this gait bewteen fences out on the CC course.

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