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post #1 of 3 Old 11-18-2008, 09:55 AM Thread Starter
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lope or canter

Is their a diffence bewteen the lope and canter, besides western and english riding terms?

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Now, don't count me to be 100% true, cause I'm not positive...

The lope and canter were originally supposed to be the same (from what I've heard), but with the slow western pleasure gaits, they slowed down the lope as well. The lope is alot slower than the canter and, IMO, looks painful (it really isn't, just to me it looks that way).

.Delete., Farmpony, and the other people that have Western Pleasure horses probably have videos of the lope, and I definately (along with lots of others) have canter videos.

Here's the wikipedia definitions on it:
The canter is a controlled, three-beat gait performed by a horse. It is a natural gait possessed by all horses, faster than most horses' trot but slower than the gallop, and is used by all riders.

Lope: a type of slow, relaxed canter seen in western horses, performed on a loose rein with less collection than a collected canter, but at about the same speed or slower. There is less suspension than in an English-style canter. The horse has a longer, less-rounded frame and carries its head lower, but the gait is still 3-beat and the horse must be well-engaged in the hindquarters to do a proper lope
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The lope and canter were originally supposed to be the same (from what I've heard), but with the slow western pleasure gaits, they slowed down the lope as well. The lope is alot slower than the canter and, IMO, looks painful (it really isn't, just to me it looks that way).
I agree with you sonny, it does look painful. In everyday riding, the lope and canter are just different words for the same thing. The three beat gait of a horse. If you want to see a good representation of a western lope, don't watch western pleasure, watch a ranch horse or a trail horse that moves out freely without such a robotic, choppy movement. No offense to anyone else, but WP horses look so unnatural and so unhappy to me. I prefer a horse that is alert with a level topline or maybe just above level but not much. Although english horses are more collected than western, it is still the same idea.
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