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post #11 of 22 Old 03-09-2009, 06:42 PM
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The only thing that lady should be riding and counting is a pogo stick, one beat and NO reins!!!!

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I'm pretty sure Spyder was being sarcastic. =P I have watched some of that woman's videos. Her title as "expert" is worrisome.

I was and was actually thinking she was trying to teach rolkur !
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Haha. I think that is a common misconception while watching her =P
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When I got my first horse my trainer was teaching me to lunge and mentioned the different beats and leads. She did say that canter was 3 and lope was 4... Though she wasn't a very good trainer I still learned a lot.

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When I got my first horse my trainer was teaching me to lunge and mentioned the different beats and leads. She did say that canter was 3 and lope was 4... Though she wasn't a very good trainer I still learned a lot.

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She wasn't good cause she hit the horses in the face a lot...

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And thought that four beat lopes were okay lol
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I would have to do some research on word origins but I'm with Smrobs. I thought they were the same thing just different origins, one english one western.

EDT: ok here is what I have found so far
canter
(KAN-turr)

A smooth easy gait for a horse, faster than a trot, but slower than a gallop.

This familiar word has a colorful past: After the murder of Thomas a Becket in England's Canterbury Cathedral in the twelfth century, Canterbury became a popular destination for countless religious pilgrims traveling on horseback, including those described in Chaucer's Canterbury Tales. By the early seventeenth century, the expression Canterbury pace had come to mean the easy gait at which these faithful rode to their destination. By 1673, Canterbury had become a verb, and by 1706, had shortened to canter.

"Spotting a pile of clothes on the riverbank, Vanessa slowed her steed to a canter, then a trot, then stopped altogether and ever so casually got out her binoculars."
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I'm not finding a lot on Lope except that it is a synonym for canter and is from the old Norse word hlaupa meaning to leap.


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I found this on "Lope":

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[Q] “The word lope packs a lot into four letters: I always think of it as running in a loose, relaxed way, with an infinite reserve. Did it emerge from the American West, as a short form of antelope, or is it from the French loup meaning wolf, or something entirely different?”

[A] It looks as though it might have a connection, but the similarities are accidental and it has nothing to do with either wolves or antelopes. In sense and etymology, lope is related to leap. It’s ancient, traceable to prehistoric Germanic. The Old English version of the word was hleapan, meaning to run, jump or throw oneself violently at something. This eventually changed into our modern leap, which kept the latter senses, but gave up the former to run, another ancient German word. In the fifteenth century, a Scots or northern English dialect relative of the Old English word moved into the standard language to form our modern lope, for the sense of running with a long bounding stride that has something of leaping about it. It’s also the source of elope, to run away to get married, and also possibly of interloper. This last word is said to have been coined in the sixteenth century on the model of the older and now obsolete landloper for a vagabond, somebody who “runs through the land”.
Source: World Wide Words: Lope

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Whether we found out they are the same or different we got our word lesson in for the day
When I look up lope or canter in most dictionary's they say pretty much the same thing...A smooth easy gait for a horse, faster than a trot, but slower than a gallop.


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