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post #11 of 17 Old 03-17-2008, 09:11 AM
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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.
Agreed. That's exactly what I was going to say. He has probably done it so much, and you havent scolded him for it, so he thinks its what you want.
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post #12 of 17 Old 03-17-2008, 12:57 PM
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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.
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post #13 of 17 Old 03-17-2008, 08:41 PM
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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.


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post #14 of 17 Old 03-18-2008, 11:21 AM
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Push him up into the bridle, adding some speed to his lope. If he's still troping, go as fast as you can until he finally lopes. Going faster lets the horse lope as natural as they can. Once he lopes, release your reins and legs (his reward), as soon as he falls apart, pick him up again.
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post #15 of 17 Old 03-18-2008, 01:05 PM Thread Starter
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Bah I feel terrible my BM had a Chiro out for her trail horse for a tuneup and I had her check out mine too. She said he's out of alignment then asked if he's been acting up. I told her about his trope and she said that it was being caused from his back. I feel like a jerk to my horse now. He wasn't swishing or acting in pain at all.
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post #16 of 17 Old 03-18-2008, 05:46 PM
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Bah I feel terrible my BM had a Chiro out for her trail horse for a tuneup and I had her check out mine too. She said he's out of alignment then asked if he's been acting up. I told her about his trope and she said that it was being caused from his back. I feel like a jerk to my horse now. He wasn't swishing or acting in pain at all.
That definitely is a major factor. I should have thought of that... the chiro was out at our barn yesterday, and my three year old got done (she needed it).
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post #17 of 17 Old 03-19-2008, 04:39 PM
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Bah I feel terrible my BM had a Chiro out for her trail horse for a tuneup and I had her check out mine too. She said he's out of alignment then asked if he's been acting up. I told her about his trope and she said that it was being caused from his back. I feel like a jerk to my horse now. He wasn't swishing or acting in pain at all.
Don't feel too bad - You did check it out in the end and now you have an opportunity to help him.
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