Training the western pleasure "jog"

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Training the western pleasure "jog"

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    07-06-2011, 04:19 PM
Training the western pleasure "jog"

I am the eternal novice horsewoman. Not from lack of time in the saddle, but I'm simply not much interested in showing etc. So, most of my basic training is done by myself after researching books/forums/picking brains/etc.

So I rode with a girlfriend who has a HIGHLY trained western pleasure horse and I asked to ride her horse. OMG I loved the western pleasure jog and lope! However, I have no clue where to even begin to train a horse for this.

I know a trainer would be my best bet. But honestly I like the time and involvement with my horse. Nothing as fullfilling as finally "getting it." Plus, in this economy you gotta pinch pennies when you can!
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    07-06-2011, 04:40 PM
I've been training my own versatility horse, and to get his jog, I asked for a trot, and consistently slowed him up by doing half halts. When he was as slow as I wanted (and my 'slow' got slower and slower every ride) I praised him and walked him. Now he jogs almost instantly when I ask :) Lope is a little different, but I can't exactly say we have our lope down yet. I ask for a canter, and I slow him down by doing long half halts (almost 2 strides before I release) But you have to time when you release so he doesn't completely fall on his face. During the first stride of the half halt, he drops his head, the 2nd stride he slows down. Same with that, once you get to the 'slow' you want, praise him and walk him. Once I actually get the lope I want, I'll let you know any tricks I figure out ;)
    07-06-2011, 04:42 PM
Please do!
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    07-06-2011, 04:46 PM
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First you have to have a horse that CAN lope and jog. Some horses just aren't made to go that way. It's all about collection. You have to be really careful when asking for SLOW because a lot of times what happens is, you get the speed right but the horse ends up moving soley on it's front end and then it's not pleasureable at all!

Good luck!
    07-06-2011, 04:56 PM
^agreed. My horse is a QH, and he's well built to be a versatility horse. Make sure your horse is ready what you're asking for.

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