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crazed horse lover 09-03-2008 06:11 PM

lope why??
 
Why do you have to have your horse go really slow in western classes for a lope? :? My friend and I want to know why this is.

farmpony84 09-04-2008 10:42 AM

....because the announcer said so???

jazzyrider 09-07-2008 07:50 PM

^^^ youre too funny lol

i heard once it was because of the whole pleasure thing. a nice slow, laid back lope is more 'pleasurable' pressumably than an accelerated canter with a purpose. i dunno...something like that :)

lacyloo 09-07-2008 08:38 PM

jazzyrider you are right lol

But my mare doesnt even like to lope so when she does its really fast.. but when I pull her back she trots... grrrr but shes green so I understand her confusion lol..

farmpony84 09-08-2008 09:04 AM

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Originally Posted by lacyloo
jazzyrider you are right lol

But my mare doesnt even like to lope so when she does its really fast.. but when I pull her back she trots... grrrr but shes green so I understand her confusion lol..

Me too! Mine too... I can't do it right... I pull up too much, he stops.. I give too much... he's fast.. errr.....

crazed horse lover 09-08-2008 08:59 PM

yeah that drives me crazy too, thanks for answering too!

Mira 09-12-2008 09:11 PM

If you guys want to try to slow down your horses' lopes, when you pull back, keep your leg on so they know to keep going (if you're not doing so already). Apply slight pulling pressure first and increase until you get the result you want, then give them their face, but keep leg on to keep them rounded. They'll most likely speed up again within a few strides but if you stick to it and be consistent about it they will soon get the idea and be able to lope slowly for more extended periods of time. :)
Just my suggestions to you guys. May or may not work for you or your horses, but still something you could try if you want. :)

horsey*kisses 09-13-2008 12:00 AM

lol i think i answered this same question a couple of weeks ago lol

alright for example if you had to ride your horse for two or more days straight would you like to do it at a trot or a easy canter??
When horses were still the only way to get around and the real cowboys were slinging guns and all that they taught their horses to stay in step with the cows at the faster paces with a canter instead of a trot so the cowboys werent as saddle sore and for men....welll.....it was just eaiser lol
so western pleasure is the ideal western horse and well that was it lol

farmpony84 09-13-2008 08:26 AM

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Originally Posted by Mira
If you guys want to try to slow down your horses' lopes, when you pull back, keep your leg on so they know to keep going (if you're not doing so already). Apply slight pulling pressure first and increase until you get the result you want, then give them their face, but keep leg on to keep them rounded. They'll most likely speed up again within a few strides but if you stick to it and be consistent about it they will soon get the idea and be able to lope slowly for more extended periods of time. :)
Just my suggestions to you guys. May or may not work for you or your horses, but still something you could try if you want. :)

teehee... and where it gets even more difficult is in that he's spur broke so I have to be really careful w/ all my aids... AAAHHH.... actually it's getting better...

bgood400 11-13-2008 08:21 PM

At the AQHA shows now when they ask for the lope they say 'lope with forward motion' because some horses were going way too slow. Im not sure why its the way it is but thats just the trend and if you want to do good you have to go with it. When I show in pleasure at the AQHA shows i dont force my horse to be too slow. He stays consistant, keeps his head down, lopes at a good speed and he has a true lope. Alot of judges like a true lope over one thats not together but slow.


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