The easiest way to get a horse to move up in speed is to use the fence line. Lunge the horse near a fence and the moment the horse is about to start to pass the fence, add pressure with the whip by smacking the ground repeatedly (with rhythm...from light smack to harder smack).
This way, the horse feels added pressure from the whip, you and the fence = lope.
then once the horse is consistently listening to the lighter cues (I use a kiss/cluck sound before I ever raise the whip, for example)....you can practice away from the fence, and only use the fence to help you as needed. Eventually not needing the fence at all.
2)raise the whip
3)smack the ground light
4)smack the ground harder
5)smack the ground harder still
At any moment, soon as the pony speeds up, stop all pressure. That means, stop the sound and lower the whip and point it to the ground. And always start with step 1. Don't hurry to use the whip. This way, you'll eventually not need the whip at all.
Also, be sure to keep your hand on the line open and loose, be sure that you're not clamping your fingers around the lead, if you do clamp down then you're accidentily telling the horse to slow or to stop.
Also, be sure to give the horse plenty of line. For walking and trotting I like a 12-14 ft line and for loping a 22 ft line. "Lazy" horses need more line to feel freer.
Last edited by Calamity Jane; 04-11-2009 at 08:56 PM.