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post #1 of 2 Old 03-06-2014, 02:47 PM Thread Starter
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Coming to terms

Well..I've come to terms that Alahna will probably never have a lope or a slowish trot that you can sit.

I rode her two days ago and realized that she's not built to go too much slower than she's already going. Granted, she's still on the forehand undersaddle and I'll be addressing that next. I don't think she'll ever be able to keep pace with the majority of horses around here. She'a going to be one h*ll of a barrel horse though!

So, anyone else had a horse that just isn't built (with it's stride length and such) to go much slower or as slow as you'd like? How long did it take you to realize and come to terms with it? I've had Alahna a year last month and just realized it wednesday and came to terms today.
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post #2 of 2 Old 03-08-2014, 02:03 AM
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My Hispano-Arab filly has a great pacy trot which is almost impossible to sit. It shakes me to bits and I reckon my sitting trot is uncomfortable for her too. But since I just use her on the trails and have never enjoyed sitting at the trot, that's ok by me, we do rising trot.

She will canter decently if I'm schooling her in the field, but her natural tendency is to go faster. If she sees a wide-open space on the trails and I give her a squeeze, she stretches right out into top gear. The first time she did it, I was thinking 'reckon we're going pretty fast, I'd better bring her back a bit' and suddenly she stretched out even lower and accelerated another notch. It's exhilarating but scary because I always wonder what would happen if she puts a foot wrong (not that she ever has).

I don't mind her speed because she's ok about going slower normally and only goes into runrunrun mode when I encourage her - but once I let her gallop she's excited and headstrong for the rest of the ride, which is the down side. But my husband mutters that I'm far too old to be running around like that on a horse
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