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    11-06-2012, 03:52 PM
Do you know how to do a 1-rein stop?
If I'm understanding you right, your horse takes off at a faster pace than you would like him to at a lope, right?
In addition to the collection stuff the people above posted about, why not try this:
Start with a walk. Have a set pace in your mind you want him to go (at a walk) and when he exceeds that pace, 1-rein stop. Sooner or later he'll get tired of having to go in circles and stop, that he'll just not anticipate a cue to go faster, making his gaits slower. Be sure not to 1-rein stop on the same side every time. Switch it up so he doesn't anticipate that either. Once you have him going "your pace" at a walk, then move to a trot, then to a canter, etc.
That's what I did with my pony and he has that 'western pleasure' lope now! :)
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    11-07-2012, 05:40 PM
Originally Posted by horselover3278    
Hello im horselover3278 im new here my best friend horselover3418 and I have a probleme with my paint horse guelding and everytime I ask him to lope he jumps into it races around the arena. Do you have any idea how I can prevent that or how I can get better at loping so for competing and regular fun riding im better at it.....HELP....

Get some lessons, and get some training on your horse. One thing to ALWAYS remember, it's 99% of the time pilot error. So because it's 99% of the time pilot error, you have to look at what you are doing. Are you setting the horse up for a quiet lope off, or are you doing the "poke and hope"....no set up, just a jab to lope off and HOPE the horse is on the correct lead and lopes off correctly. And if he's racing around....are you driving him forward with your seat making him go even faster and faster?

This is why a video would be a useful tool to give you some advice. Can you get a video?
    11-26-2012, 04:21 PM
My best advice is also collection. If your horse's back is rounded, the shoulders are up, and his head is down, he physically cannot race off on you very easily. He would have to try really hard to go very fast. As soon as he gets into the collected position, ask for the lope. Accept a few steps, then stop and praise. You will get good results!

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