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post #1 of 7 Old 03-30-2012, 07:14 PM Thread Starter
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I cant get my mare into a lope, and lagging behind when leading

Ok, last saturday I got my poa mare and have been working with her to refresh her riding and ground skills being that she has sat in the pasture for 2 yrs, I have been lunging her getting her gaits down pat again, she does great walk, trot and stop transitions but I can not get her to go into a lope!!?? I am not sure how she was trained, but from what I have figured out to walk you make a clucking noise, for a trot, a kissing nosie, say easy and she goes back to a walk and whoa to stop. What I can't seem to figure out is what the magic noise is for a lope?? Even when I get after her to go into a lope all she will do is a fast trot, and suggestions on how to get her up to that speed and what type of que to use? Also another thing I noticed is when I am leading her she seems to lag behind a bit and if I jog she will not stay with me? Any answers on getting her to keep up??
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Well if she sat for 2 years, she may lack the proper muscle to hold a lope for long. And she's probably lazy. It's not easy being a pasture puff for 2 years and then going back into full time work

My advice, give her time. You've only had her a week. Keep getting the walk and trot down, and build her muscle and tolerance. After you have that down, then you can worry about the lope.

How old is this mare? Do you use a lunge whip when lunging?

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Well if she sat for 2 years, she may lack the proper muscle to hold a lope for long. And she's probably lazy. It's not easy being a pasture puff for 2 years and then going back into full time work

My advice, give her time. You've only had her a week. Keep getting the walk and trot down, and build her muscle and tolerance. After you have that down, then you can worry about the lope.

How old is this mare? Do you use a lunge whip when lunging?
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She is 14 or 15 and yes I do use a lunge whip, that's something I never thought about and yes she does seem rather lazy, :) I will continue to work on her w/t and then a little later try the lope again. Thanks so much!
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Muscles aren't the case, because if it was, horses couldn't run from their predators in the wild. Yes, they need muscle if they are going to to extensive work or show. I think it's mostly attitude, we had a pony that wouldn't lope either, and it was because she didn't feel like it. You have to get behind them and MAKE them go, run after them with the whip while lunging, but not like a wild animal, just to give her the idea. She is just getting away with not listening. Same with leading, carry a crop and when she lags behind, bring the crop behind you and remind her that it isn't ok for you to drag her along. She knows how to walk and will walk if she knows you expect her to. Try this and I hope it helps!:)
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Muscles aren't the case, because if it was, horses couldn't run from their predators in the wild. Yes, they need muscle if they are going to to extensive work or show. I think it's mostly attitude, we had a pony that wouldn't lope either, and it was because she didn't feel like it. You have to get behind them and MAKE them go, run after them with the whip while lunging, but not like a wild animal, just to give her the idea. She is just getting away with not listening. Same with leading, carry a crop and when she lags behind, bring the crop behind you and remind her that it isn't ok for you to drag her along. She knows how to walk and will walk if she knows you expect her to. Try this and I hope it helps!:)
If you are riding, and she is lazy, use some light spurs like ball spurs, but if she isn't lazy then it's just dicipline. Keep a crop with you and just tap her on the butt and remind her that you are still there. I have a lazy horse and sometimes he just needs a reminder that I am still on his back.
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I agree with the Kay, she has got the muscle there, just doesn't want to put out. Horses often come into a speedy, unbalanced, poppy trot when they don't want to canter, for whatever reason. Make sure your lunging is correct - you are following her hip to drive and come behind that with a half lowered whip, and you do not run in circles, you stand your ground and pivot, only yeilding to the occasional loss of bend. Your shoulders are upright, your attention is fully pointed at her hip while still looking at the big picture to evaluate balance and soundness. If you are lunging in round pen, you need to take a few steps up toward hip as she trots (making her feel more 'pinned') ask for canter/lope, and follow up with whip. When she canters, praise her while not letting her stop immediately. She needs to get a few strides out! If you are lunging in pasture or large ring, come up against the fence when you ask for canter as it will encourage her to feel she doesnt have a choice but to move up. When she gets out of sorts trotting to fast for too long, DISCOURAGE IT and make her come to a collected (or semi-collected, since she's out of shape) trot and try again. The first time you can race her into a canter but after that you don't want to encourage that choppy quick trot before a canter.
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