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    03-26-2012, 03:43 AM
Question Slowing the lope.

I have a Hollywood Dun It grand daughter that I have had for four years, I showed her last year in some WP classes and she was really good, two 1st and one 2nd.
I bought her as a two year old and have done all her training myself. She has a pretty smooth slow gate, but not quite as slow as I would like. Mainly at the lope, I have done everything with her that I have done with my past pleasure horses but I'm a little stumped. The thing that worked the best with her was a "12 count" ya know, stop and stand every twelve strides. I am wondering if anyone has any other tricks up their sleeve that could maybe slow her lope down a bit so I am not checking her so often.

Thanks in advance
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    03-26-2012, 03:55 AM
Whiskey has been steadily improving her lope, both speed and quality, by doing lots of hindquarters in, loping off, drive her under herself with lots of outside leg, then sit quietly when she gets it (even if its only a few strides) and give her her head. If she speeds up we lift the reins, lifting her shoulders up while spur pressure on the outside... then advance to asking her to slow with the spur pressure followed by the reins, then to just spur pressure.

We do lots of walk, trot, and stop back transitions and keep the lope work down as it is very hard on their bodies, and at first they simply don't have the muscle memory to hold a frame.

When Whiskey started to go too slow and started to lose quality of movement (troping) - we would speed up and gallop a few circles, then ask her to come back down to a collected lope... it is important to make sure they move clean over move slow.

It has taken about 5 months of consistent riding (4 to 5 times a week on average) to get her where she is starting to hold her frame for a class - it takes a lot of time to get them strong, so don't push her too fast or she'll sour at the lope and you will have bigger problems...

Good luck and have fun!
    03-26-2012, 04:04 AM
Thanks! Sorry if im not doing this right, I'm new hear and technologically challenged. Haha
Anyways, I rode her six days a week last summer and she was doing really well! But sadly due to moving for my husbands job she has had a few months off so I know it will take some time to get her back in shape.
I do a lot of circles, transitions etc. and she carries herself beautifully, she never tropes, just carries herself at a good pace with a good frame. She has a beautiful headset that almost never moves!
Maybe I just feel like I need to slow her down a little because some of the people that im up against are SOO SLOW! To the point that their horses look lame. I know that is not what I want her to be like, I just feel like I stick out because my mare has a TRUE forward gate...
    03-26-2012, 04:11 AM
My horse is not pleasure bred, she's reining bred, and will NEVER be able to move as slow as a good pleasure horse... but that's okay, she places well by moving cleanly with a pleasant expression. It sounds like you are blessed with a natural mover, and judges have already rewarded that.

Keep doing what you are doing, and if you can get a local trainer for a consult and occasional lesson, you should pursue that, I know it made a world of difference for me and Whiskey to have a set of eyes on the ground to offer helpful hints and pointers. I take weekly lessons (she comes to my place) and love the advances in my riding ability and my horse's skill level :)
    03-26-2012, 04:18 AM
My mare is not pleasure bred either. Her grandsires are Hollywood Dun It and Freckles Playboy so I understand where you come from. My family are not show people. I do have a friend who is a pleasure trainer... maybe I will see what she has to say. Thanks :)
    03-26-2012, 09:53 AM
A video of how she moves would be great.
    03-26-2012, 12:24 PM
Originally Posted by nherridge    
A video of how she moves would be great.
I agree, I will take one today and try to figure out how to post it :)
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    03-26-2012, 01:07 PM
Green Broke
You must teach your horse to go forward before they can slow down. A common misconception of WP is people think its all about going slow. This is not true, its all about how correctly a horse moves and how pretty they look doing it. In the bigger shows these days people are getting to be more "forward" in the WP. Smaller shows they still have it in their head that the main goal in WP is to go slow.
Here is a video of VS Code Blue a famous Wp horse
    03-27-2012, 10:06 AM
And that famous western pleasure horse is walking in the back and jogging in the front :) so not the best example of forward the video at 1:20...just saying
    03-27-2012, 10:57 AM
Green Broke
I saw that, Ohwell
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