I'm not sure if there's another thread about this and I figured it would be odd to try to search for it, so if there is one already, please post it here and save everyone the trouble.
Anyhoo, my question: Is it possible to make a lope more comfortable? Abby has a lovely, floaty trot that is very easy to ride, but her lope is the exact opposite: it throws me completely off balance and I don't even know how to describe it other than it is extremely awkward and uncomfortable for me to try to ride.
Would getting her to collect help? I considered that and found that on Chris Irwin's video archive that's part of Stateline has a huge section on it. 50 videos. The thing is though..I have a really hard time watching him. He knows what he's talking about, but I just don't like him that much and I hate trying to watch a video, then try to do what the video said hours or days later. I would have to be watching it on horseback and try doing it at the same time for me to figure it out. And I've heard that horses with long backs have a harder time collecting. Abby's is longgg.
Ooor is it just the way she is? I'd be a tad disappointed if it was, but we can prance around on her fancy trot if it is.
I might also have to try to lope out in a field where I have room to let her go farther than a 100ft arena length, which I think might also be the problem, as she feels the need to run towards the door often and if we're trotting around the edge of the arena, she will stop dead by the door and just stand there stupidly and it's a small fight to get her to move.
I don't know. Sorry for kind of talking to myself. Opinions are obviously welcome and I send my thanks in advance.