Originally Posted by northernmama
Originally Posted by JustDressageIt
I think that this "troping" is just a 4-beat canter, which is very hard to train out - push him forwards into a FORWARD canter, don't let him slow down into a 4-beat. Eventually you can collect up again, but you need to keep the energy coming from behind.
How can a canter be 4-beat? To me, that would make it not a canter.
It's not a true canter, herein the problem. It happens when riders ask their horses to go slow instead of collect up, the horse starts to "4-beat" the canter - instead of the inside hind and outside fore landing together, they land separately, hence adding another beat. It's just called a 4-beat canter because it's a very very slow canter... albeit incorrect.