Alright. So this is becoming very irritating for me. I've had this horse for about two years. I've managed to slow down our trot, we make better much more rounded turns. We stop when asked and we are working on lowering the head.. Which is going really well. The only problem I have come across that I just can't seem to fix is the lope. I'm only 17, and this is my first horse. I don't have the most experience with training, but I am learning and so far my horse has come a long ways from where he was. He is quite the speed demon. I'm thinking that his previous owner never asked him to listen and be collected. Nor do I think they ever asked for him to be slower and think. Yesterday I tried loping in a little pasture area that is fairly flat. I tried changing directions repeatedly to try and get him to slow down. It didn't work very well. He basically just ran and ran and ran.. I very softly and continuously asked for him to slow down. When he does decide to slow down he automatically goes to a trot. I don't know what else to try and I really would like to be able to lope eventually. I don't mind going fast. Infact I love it. But, It stinks when there is no slow down button. I know sometimes my seat probably doesn't help the most. As I said I'm still learning, but it is very hard to keep your butt glued down when the dearest horse is rampaging around everywhere! So if you have an exersices or ideas shoot them my way!
Also, I'm not looking for a WP lope. I'm looking for a natural, collected and comfortable lope. I wan't him to move freely, but at a controlled and safe speed.