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post #1 of 8 Old 01-08-2013, 02:07 PM Thread Starter
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Loping on a loung line

My friends horse that she has had for at least four years will not break into a lope on the long line for her.
Any Ideas so that I may help her and her horse???
She was whipping and whipping and her and the horse were all over the place.....Fast trot is as good as she got..
I suggested trying to use the fear of a bag, but told her she had to desensitize before and after..Just use it for a tool to get her point across.
( I am not sure thats right, its all I could come up with )
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post #2 of 8 Old 01-09-2013, 06:27 PM
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Try making bigger circles, your horse may not feel comfortable picking up a lope in a small circle.

You could also try lunging her over a jump, horses are naturally inclined to land in a canter after jumping something.(also helpful in getting them to switch leads)

Whipping and whipping is never a good idea, instead of doing whatever it takes to "force" your horse into doing what you want, look for ideas that will make her want to go into a canter.

If you have access to a round pen you could try asking for a canter in there without the line on her which will give her more freedom of movement.

Is it that the horse doesnt want to lope, or doesnt know thats shes being asked?

She could be hurting too, make sure you check her over for any signs that not wanting to lope arent because of an injury or bad feet.

Good luck! :)
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Why is it so important for this to occur?

Horse could be afraid of interfering with herself. Could be in pain when asked to do so.

Could be footing is slippery and she can feel herself falling. Circle could be too small, many things.

Is it that important is what I am wondering?
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post #4 of 8 Old 01-09-2013, 08:55 PM
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I'm thinking there is a health issue

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Does your friend have a generally difficult time getting the horse to do what she wants it to do? Perhaps your friend could come and ask for help on her own.?
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I hope she wasn't whipping the horse. If the horse breaks into a canter she may not like what she asks for. Since she's so handy with the whip the horse may buck and kick out at the whip and we'll hope she's not in the way. The lunge may be too short and the horse may be concerned about falling as they do lean inward, inside should drops. I think your friend's ego is getting in her way. Rather than teach the horse what she wants she demands it and the horse may not know what she is asking. It may think it's supposed to trot and gets confused when the whip doesn't stop.
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post #7 of 8 Old 02-26-2013, 11:43 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you for the replies..Took me a while to get back to them I thought I didnt get a response.
The horse is healthy as healthy can be and is very well taken care of..She just had a vet come out to do some blood work just to make sure the horse was healthy because she thought he was on the lazy side with no energy..
This horse I would have to say w/my guess does not know what she is asking it to do for her.
She has had him for three years and never NEVER ridden him in a canter..
I recently bought the Clinton Method's and she was working her horse trying to get him to go into a canter w/her ground work..
Still today she cant get this horse to go into a canter on the line.
You all talk about health issues, this horse is healthy but there is this one thing..
"Horse has only one eye - lost the other one due to an infection, so it had to be taken out" Could that be it?!!
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I have pictures of her gelding its where I board my horse..Right down from my house..I just took these pic's we had a snow day.
This horse can obviously run, he does it out in the pasture w/no problem.
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