Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Middle of Nowhere, Saskatchewan
Once the horse is balanced enough with a rider w/t, he will probably still want to run into the lope.
I only post in the training forum from my personal experiences. LOL, so here goes:
A paint mare we have would always run into her lope and always break gait.
What I did:
- W/T figure 8's, serpentines, circles, squares, trotting poles, and hills to build up muscle and balance and softness.
When it came time to ask for the lope, I'd get into a trot in my riding area and half halt a few times to get her paying attention to me, and only why she started being consistent, I would ask for the lope. The first time I asked, she ran into it (did the whole trot reeeeally fast and then lope like a maniac thing) so I brought her back down to a walk and tried again. This time, I closed my hands, did a little half halt, sat deep and asked for the lope just by squeezing my calves and driving with my seat. I did keep a pretty firm contact on the bit as well. She didnt run or fast trot into the lope when I asked for it like that. Just something to try!