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post #1 of 6 Old 12-27-2010, 10:57 PM Thread Starter
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Question Not going into the right gait!

I want my horse to trot it lopes. I want my horse to lope it gallop, almost fell today because of it.
I don't want what to do?
Because the slightly bit of pulling back she halts dead in her tracks.
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sounds like you will want to do some expirimenting on how LITTLE it takes to make your thought become your horse's thought. Can you be on the horse and just "think" trot and she will trot? No leg on , nothing, just thinking? NO? ok, try thinking trot AND tightening your buttocks the tiniest bit and kind of lifting your body up and ever so slightly forward. You want to think "and . . Trot!" and breathe deeply and think "energy up!" I bet you the horse will trot. When it does , you do NOTHING and let it go forward, coasting.
It can be a really fine line. Try it in the arena and be so subtle that at first nothing happens, then add just enough to get results. No kisssing to your horse, this is about body language!
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sounds like you will want to do some expirimenting on how LITTLE it takes to make your thought become your horse's thought. Can you be on the horse and just "think" trot and she will trot? No leg on , nothing, just thinking? NO? ok, try thinking trot AND tightening your buttocks the tiniest bit and kind of lifting your body up and ever so slightly forward. You want to think "and . . Trot!" and breathe deeply and think "energy up!" I bet you the horse will trot. When it does , you do NOTHING and let it go forward, coasting.
It can be a really fine line. Try it in the arena and be so subtle that at first nothing happens, then add just enough to get results. No kisssing to your horse, this is about body language!
You sound like my trainer, I take lessons from.


When I want her to trot, I asked her to by squeeze of my calf and lean forward and letting her have the reins. But she lopes. So I stop her. But I'll try that today when I ride.
Thanks.
Gosh my horse is so stubborn..
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You sound like my trainer, I take lessons from.


When I want her to trot, I asked her to by squeeze of my calf and lean forward and letting her have the reins. But she lopes. So I stop her. But I'll try that today when I ride.
Thanks.
Gosh my horse is so stubborn..
Your horse isnt stubborn. She is just trained beter than you.

if I were to do what you say you do, I would be in the dirt faster than you can say go!
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Your horse isn't stubborn, just sensitve. You should be glad. So much nicer than one you have to work hard to have move forward.
So, try what I said with no calf squeezing. It's to see how much or how little you can transmit, to really tone it way down. You strike me as a high energy person, so it'll be like a Zen thing for you to give soOooooo little cue.

luck!
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Your horse isn't stubborn, just sensitve. You should be glad. So much nicer than one you have to work hard to have move forward.
So, try what I said with no calf squeezing. It's to see how much or how little you can transmit, to really tone it way down. You strike me as a high energy person, so it'll be like a Zen thing for you to give soOooooo little cue.

luck!
Oh okay, I am so such to try tomorrow. Thanks.

High energy, really?
My trainer says, "I'm not heavy handed."
What does that mean? I know she is talking about hand work... Right?
She always about using your body, liek turning the horse with your leg and not the reins.

I try that with Jody but I squeeze one side to make her turn like my trainer says. But Jody lopes....
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