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post #1 of 11 Old 10-06-2013, 07:03 PM Thread Starter
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Loping?

I have a Quarter horse, and he can jog, trot, and canter, but how do I train him to lope?
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Loping is the western term for canter. In western, you don't canter, you lope and in English, you don't lope, you canter.

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Loping is the western term for canter. In western, you don't canter, you lope and in English, you don't lope, you canter.
I understand this, but how do you get that slow, collected, 'WP lope?'
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Good genetics, haha.

Collect the body, slow the stride.
Drive from behind, raise the topline, lift the shoulder.
The horse's conformation will dictate from there how naturally slow he can go.
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^^^^There ya go! To learn to do all that properly takes practise and good instruction from the ground, we can tell you in general what it takes. If you are new to this way of going with your horse, you going to need hands on help, way too much to learn in varying degrees with just written instructions.

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Good genetics, haha.

Collect the body, slow the stride.
Drive from behind, raise the topline, lift the shoulder.
The horse's conformation will dictate from there how naturally slow he can go.
True. Though the caveat would be that the horse is already well-trained right?
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He's WP bred, so I think he'd be able to do it. And he's already a nice hunt seat horse.
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To get that slow, easy lope, first the horse has to feel like going slower, and then the rider has to ride slower. Actually when it comes to those two things, sometimes one happens before the other or vice versa lol. Can you lope a straight line or a circle with the reins slack and not have the horse surge forward, or does he speed up when the reins are loosened?
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There's a whole bunch of things that go into loping - most of all is relaxation and impulsion. Loping slow doesn't mean cantering lazy.

So, like Ian asked - is your horse comfortable "loping/cantering" at his natural pace at a consistent, "self carried" (ie on a loose rein) manner? If not, that's your first hurdle.

Generally, a lope isn't actually shortening a horse stride all that much (maybe slightly, but you don't want a choppy, short gait) - it's getting them to slow their legs down but still have the reach with their stride.
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To get that slow, easy lope, first the horse has to feel like going slower, and then the rider has to ride slower. Actually when it comes to those two things, sometimes one happens before the other or vice versa lol. Can you lope a straight line or a circle with the reins slack and not have the horse surge forward, or does he speed up when the reins are loosened?
I can canter him with a slack rein, neck reining, and he does fine.
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