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post #1 of 18 Old 12-31-2008, 01:44 PM Thread Starter
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Training my horse to lope

I have been trying to get duke to lope.. I am not sure how to teach a horse to lope but I have ridden hroses that lope and know the beat and the feeling of it.. duke has done it before like four strides but then either drops to a trot or speeds up to a canter.. I got him to lope yesterday but it was like two strides.. I am not sur ehow I get him to do it but I mainly just start squeezing with my heels but I squeeze with one heel then I release and squeeze with the other.. this seems to help and duke seems to understand why I want him to do.. I get into a slow jog and then as for a lope.. he understands what I want.. I know the way I ask him to do it is wrong but it works for him ;) but how did any of yall teach your horses to lope.. duke has achieved alot by trying and he is very willing so any help would be appreciated! Thanks!

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What kind of bit are you using? My advise will differ if you're using a curb or regular snaffle (ring, no shanks).
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I can pretty much guarantee that your horse knows how to lope.
YOU need to learn how to ask.
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post #4 of 18 Old 01-01-2009, 12:57 AM
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All horses know how to canter. A true lope is a slow, collected canter and takes some work by horse and rider, especially when first learning.

A quality lope is NOT easy for the horse. The hind end is tucked, rear legs reaching, back is up and round, shoulders are elevated, neck and head are relaxed and low. Very few highly bred WP horses come born with a good lope, and even fewer "normal" stock horses are born with one.

If you only slow the canter, you end up with a horse tipped on the forehand and strung out behind, like so many of the WP hoses you see in the lower level of competition (and even some in the higher levels).
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15 is pretty old for a horse to be and have never been taught how to lope. My best advice is to lope lots of circles and teach him to collect. If he starts to slow down to a trot, nudge just enough to keep him in a lope. If he starts to speed up, gently ask him to slow down a bit. It will take a lot of time considering his age but this should work. Good luck. Not all horses have to travel like a WP horse to have a nice lope either. No offense luvs2ride.

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A lope is generally thought of as slower in speed than a canter or gallop.
A lope is a "natural" 3 beat slow canter,but the movement does not imply collection. Lope is "generally" used to describe a western movement.

Now collection will help to lope but it is not required to lope.
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Crow was learnt to canter(kinda) by encouraging a slight canter-beat in the rack when asked for.
But I don't think that will work for you :P


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thanks everyone..

Luvs2ride1979- I ride duke in a curb(straight).. so you explained what it takes to do a lope.. but now exactly how can I teach duke to do it? Thanks for your help!

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15 is pretty old for a horse to be and have never been taught how to lope. My best advice is to lope lots of circles and teach him to collect. If he starts to slow down to a trot, nudge just enough to keep him in a lope. If he starts to speed up, gently ask him to slow down a bit. It will take a lot of time considering his age but this should work. Good luck. Not all horses have to travel like a WP horse to have a nice lope either. No offense luvs2ride.

I know duke is old.. but if you knew the horse like I did you would realize he doesnt act his age..lol... as it has been stated I know for a fact that duke has been taught to do a lope, I should have stated that if I did not.. but I am not sure how long it has been since he has done one.. I tried to do it again a day ago and he did good, he did about five strides of it but like I asked luvs2ride I am not sure how to correctly ask him to lope.. thank you for your help!

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Crow was learnt to canter(kinda) by encouraging a slight canter-beat in the rack when asked for.
But I don't think that will work for you :P

Since I can't say thank you for your help; i'll say thank you for your opinion! Haha!

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