Help with slowing the lope?
My horse has a really good walk and jog, but runsa round at top peed at the lope. Does anyone have any suggestions as to how to get her to relax and slow down the lope?
Thanks ahead of time!
Transitions! Get her mind on slowing down. Lope about five strdes and then transition into the trot for awhile. Then lope another fives strides, back to the trot. Don't spend too much time loping, but spend enough time trotting to keep the mindset on the right area. The horse will soon be anticipating going slower, and will want to slow down in the lope to make transitions easier.
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Hmm... great idea!! Thanks!! :D
Another thing is move her body around A LOT. Stop, back, rollback everytime she speeds up.
Sidepass, halfpass, reverse ark, turns on the haunches/forehand.
Basically get her really loose, and her body all in the right position. In order to lope slow the horse has be rounded up and engaged.
A lot of horses can't go really slow but you can definitely get it more relaxed and slower than it is.
You have to be patient though, you can go from top speed to lope. You need to take it in steps, work on getting her a touch slow then when you get that consistant work on getting slower again.
Repetition is key and over time it will come, but it won't come over night.
lots of circles
and lots more circles.
In addition to the transition and body work, the circles help the horse build balance. When the horse is balanced and relaxed, then he will go slow.
i find circles dont work. this is what i do when my horse speeds up a bit. stop. back.
go around the areana a few times loping 8 strides, stop, back, lope 8strides, stop back...etc
We set up some poles in the arena. Just some pvc pipe and cut up garden hose about 6' long. Set them up one every 10-20 feet just layed on the ground. Start at a walk then at every "marker" speed up. At the next marker say "easy", sit back in the saddle and do half halts (squeeze and release the reins) till she slows. Do this over and over and over again until she will slow with just the word "easy" and will speed up with just a cluck or leg pressure. Repetition is key. You don't need an arena, you can do this in your yard, pasture or down a dirt lane.
I prefer teaching all of this from the saddle rather than on the ground. That's where they're going to have to know how to do it anyway :wink:
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