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post #1 of 17 Old 12-27-2010, 10:47 PM Thread Starter
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Today my friend was being crazy take 10 minute getting on a horse... So I started ride, I rode half way across the field which would have been 150 yards. I wanted Jody (my horse) to lope. She went to a gallop from a bolt. It scared the heck out of me. I was leaning to far to the right almost fell off, I made her stop right by my friend. The stop was bumpy I almost fell.

Any tips on a gallop?

Note: Jody was a state champ before got her in barrel. So she is very fast.

It was so fast and scary, I cussed, a bit shaky after words and didn't want to even lope.
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Deep seat development needed for you, & that includes actively "going with" the horse, no matter how fast it's going, so that you'll stay on.

Just doing that - no stiffening against the horse's "go" - will cause your horse to want to slow down.
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since your horse bolted to get to her horsey friend and you stopped there, I would advise you to make your horse canter around and around that other horse until it is so tired it wants to stop, then have it canter the other direction, away from horsey friend, and at a distance, stop your horse and let her rest.

Next time she starts to head off too fast toward the place she wants to be, you have to catch it fast, if you can, and pull her head around . If not, once you make it to the place where she wants to be, make her work hard near that spot and allow her to rest far away from it.
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Deep seat development needed for you, & that includes actively "going with" the horse, no matter how fast it's going, so that you'll stay on.

Just doing that - no stiffening against the horse's "go" - will cause your horse to want to slow down.
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My trainer I take lesson from once a week. She teaches me to go with the horse.

But what is Deep seat development. I like know but I'm clueless. I'm only a advanced beginner.
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I have always found that word hard to comprehend. Better to say an adhesive seat. NOT by grip but by sync. Meaning you are so relaxed that you allow your lower body to go with horse. Also, you cannot have a 'deep" or effective seat if you curl forward into the fetal (or "fatal" position, as my old trainer called it) Gotta sit up straight , shoulders back a bit , stomach engaged and hips loose to follow horse, legs draping down, not stiff at knee!
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Before you attempt to gallop (on purpose,lol) you really need to have the canter down. You need to be able to control your horse completely in the canter.

You need a nice forward seat for the gallop. I find hovering above the saddle (2 point) really helps with finding that movement. You also need your hands to breathe with your horses head.

I dont have any pics of me galloping in saddle, but this is the type of seat you would need.




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I didn't mean to gallop. I just wanted to lope, which is a lot easier for me. My horse just wants to go. When I don't want her too..

No I don't have any photo. Because no one cares. So I'm not that lucky. I wish some took a video of me galloping time.
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I know you didn't mean to gallop, thats why I put "on purpose" in the parenthese.

But you really do need to be completely comfortable and in control of your horse at the lope before you attempt to gallop. If you cannot control your horse and be balanced in the canter then you have no business trying to gallop.

But if your horse bolts again, then you'll need to lean forward to regain your balance. Once you have your balance try and get her to slow down. One rein stop if nesscecary.

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I know you didn't mean to gallop, thats why I put "on purpose" in the parenthese.

But you really do need to be completely comfortable and in control of your horse at the lope before you attempt to gallop. If you cannot control your horse and be balanced in the canter then you have no business trying to gallop.

But if your horse bolts again, then you'll need to lean forward to regain your balance. Once you have your balance try and get her to slow down. One rein stop if nesscecary.
What do you mean one rein?

I couldn't try today bad weather.
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A one rein stop is and emergency stopping aid.

You take one rein and haul the horses head around to your knee forcing them to turn and slow down. You will need to practice that, I do it every time I ride my horse so that when I really need it she knows what it means.

It's also good to help contol scared and onery horses.

Heres an artical over it.
Training ~ One-Rein Stop

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