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post #1 of 3 Old 04-12-2012, 06:16 PM Thread Starter
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I've recently started working on my horse's lope. He's coming along great, except... He's anticipating the lope when I trot. I mean his head will go in the air, and he'll trot faaaast. Normally his headset is perfect, and his trot is a slow western jog like it should be. Any tips on getting him to stop anticipating and listening to me?
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post #2 of 3 Old 04-12-2012, 06:21 PM
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Don't lope from the trot all the time. Lope from the standstill, the walk, etc. Do a pivot and lope off. Do a sidepass and lope off. If you're determined to get that transition, I do a lot of backing when my horse anticipates. To lope properly, he needs to be on his butt and not throwing his head. If the horse is anticipating and throws his head, I'll slam on the brakes and back him up until he is round and supple, then lope off from there. I won't let them lope off until their head is down and their body is collected. Sometimes I'll go back and forth for a while until the horse realizes it's easier just to listen. Hope that makes sense.

EDIT: Also do circles at the fast trot until he slows back down.
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Thanks so much! That made perfect sense! :)
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