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post #1 of 15 Old 06-27-2013, 06:50 PM Thread Starter
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Question how to get my horse to lope slower?

i have been working on reining with my horse recently and the only thing I'm stuck on is how to get him to lope slower or lope at all! he has great bloodlines. he has been trained for reining a while back before i bought him and he did good i heard, i am still learning new things about him every day. i used to have trouble getting him to stop when i said whoa but i figured out that if you put your legs forward VERY dramatically he will stop on a dime. i always used to put my legs forward when i stop but not as a cue so to speak. i can get him to lope sometimes but its not consistent. i try to be as relaxed as possible when i lope him so he might relax and slow down, but that only works to a degree. oh and he uses a hackamore
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post #2 of 15 Old 06-27-2013, 06:53 PM
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when getting him into a lope, nudge softly is all I really have. If you have spurs, try without them.
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post #3 of 15 Old 07-01-2013, 12:27 AM Thread Starter
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it doesn't take much to get him into the lope. and i dont use spurs. but thanks for the advise!
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post #4 of 15 Old 07-01-2013, 02:34 AM
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Do you have a round pen you could use? Every time I need to correct something with my horse I always go to the round pen. I would recommend lunging your horse first. When your horse breaks into the lope and its a little faster than you want it, try saying "Easy" a couple of times to see if they slow down. Once you have mastered the slow lope in the round pen you could move to a larger area and ride. When trying to master the slow lope you need to make sure that you are sitting on the pockets of your pants and lean back just a little. By doing this you are using your weight to drive your horse from the back. If you are leaning into the saddle you are encouraging the horse to drive forwed and go faster. Also you need to make sure you are not bumping your heel into their side which would cause them to go faster. One more tip is to keep you reins collected and not loose. I hoped this help and keep us updated on how it goes.

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post #5 of 15 Old 07-04-2013, 08:18 PM
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Round pen work with surcingle with horses head tied down to be collected. Also put slot of heal on your horse. 55 degrees or more if you can. It shortens there stride some
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post #6 of 15 Old 07-05-2013, 10:36 AM
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I heard someone say once to get a horse to lope slowly on a loose rein you have to lope a lot, and when the horse decides to lope a circle at the speed you want, quit. We do the same thing with collecting, or any "issue" we're having. The horse is done working when they've stayed collected and in the bridle for 2 laps around the arena, or have performed whatever maneuver we're working on successfully. Quit when they do what you want. Oddly enough, the horses are usually quick enough to catch on.
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I know nothing about training horses western, so I don't know whether the video below is correct or not.

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post #8 of 15 Old 08-09-2013, 01:25 AM
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I would try doing figure eights, serpentines, and circles where you spiral in and out (big circle, spiral to a small circle, spiral to a big circle) you could also try a four leaf clover pattern. Choose which path to take randomly (go on the left top leaf once then down to the bottom left leaf then to the right top leaf.. etc.)

Patterns help a horse slow down because they have to keep guessing which way you're going to go, so they'll want to slow down so it's not so hard to change direction randomly.
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post #9 of 15 Old 08-09-2013, 03:38 AM
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I have a mare that naturally lopes slower than she trots. She literally walks with her back end and lopes with her front. But I can speed her up as I like. She is an exceptional mare though.
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post #10 of 15 Old 08-09-2013, 03:27 PM
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The best way to get a horse to lope slower is do a lot of loping, when she gets tired lope some more. She will figure out that she does not know if you going to lope for two minutes or two miles and will learn to pace herself. I like long dirt roads to teach them to lope. If your only loping in the arena then like was said above do figure eights, the four leaf clover is a favorite of mine, and she may speed up in the straight lines but your going to turn her so if she speeds up let her and then turn her which will shut her down. Eventually she will realize that she just has to slow down again and will stop surging.
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