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    01-21-2013, 05:27 PM
Question Horse does not want to lope

I am currently leasing a quarter horse mare. I have been working with her for a while on groundwork exercises. She is already mainly broke. The problem is when I ask her to lope, the first time I ask her she responds but then after loping once around the arena she will stop and when I ask her to go forward again and pick up the lope she refuses and either starts to back up or will not move at all.

I have tried keeping pressure on her and using a crop but have not gotten a good response.

How can I make her enjoy loping?
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    01-21-2013, 05:28 PM
Have you checked her saddle fit? This sounds to me like she is trying to listen to you, but loping is causing her pain, so the second time you ask, she refuses.

I would start with a saddle fit and maybe a chiropractic visit to make sure she's not in any pain before I tried anything else.
    01-21-2013, 05:40 PM
If pain is ruled out and you're still having the issue, I would look at your response when she does pick up the lope. If you're off balance and you're yanking on her mouth every time she departs, she's not going to be keen to keep trying.
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    01-21-2013, 05:55 PM
Both of those were great answers, I would check those and then we can go from there

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