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post #11 of 16 Old 03-27-2012, 10:24 AM
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I love this stallion. He has a clean way of moving at any gait. Nice example of what they are doing out there today...and what we should all be doing in the AQHA pen.
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Counter bend the trot circles. Do lots of counter-cantering. Leg-yields at the trot, then do leg-yields at the lope. Counter-canter leg-yield circles.

You need to get the horse to pick up his tummy and slow his legs down. By doing lots of lateral movement, it will encourage him to engage his stomach and hindquarters. Counter bending and cantering forces him to think clearly about his center of gravity.
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well he is at much bigger shows than I am so I wont judge :)
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I think you already had your horse at a slow lope before, then you laid her off for a while and now are riding again. I think before you even consider trying to slow down her lope you will need to get her fit enough again to handle the workload.

With topline and strong hind end comes the ability to hold a slower lope. It is much easier for her to balance going slightly faster at the moment because she is no longer fit. Once she is fit you will see her slow down and have the ability to hold a slower lope in frame longer and longer.It is only then, as she becomes more fit and has the ability to hold in frame longer that I would suggest(when she speeds up) stopping, backing and loping off until she is consistent. You can work circles to help her with balance but I believe maybe at this point it is most important you work on her level of fitness.
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Excercises you can do:

1) Lope circles. When you feel her speed up, turn into the fence. Lope in that direction, and repeat every time she doesn't rate. Simple but it works good

2) Lope circles again, but instead of turning into the fence, stop and back uptoo much speed. when you feel . Not only slows her down, but develops a more rounded lope. Again, simple but effective

3) Lope circles until she speeds up, then spin to the inside of your circle. In other words, if you're loping to the right, spin to the right. Then as soon as you make 1 spin, lope off again to the right

4) Also another thing you can do is just practice making smaller circles.

All the tricks I use involve circling. Don't know why, it just works for me

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