First Gallop! :D

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        06-25-2010, 10:17 PM
    First Gallop! :D

    Well, it wasn't really on a trail, it was in one of the fields... But I consider it a mini-trail ride. Anyways, Jerry and I got our first gallop in today. The only problem is, I didn't feel very balanced and I felt like I was yanking on his mouth too much... That could have been because we were going up a hill...

    Anyways, any tips on the gallop?

    (I ride English)
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        06-25-2010, 10:26 PM
    Green Broke
    Lighten your seat (I almost go into semi-two point), move your hands up his neck a little, and make sure those heels are DOWN. Move your hands with his head so you don't smack him in the mouth, but don't loosen your reins too much. You never know what he's going to do. Horses tend to get a little wild in the gallop. Just remember everything you were taught at the canter and apply it.
        06-27-2010, 09:26 PM
    Grab a little mane when going up hill. If the hill is long enough, gravity will suck you back down eventually. Also, really concentrate on sinking your weight into your lower leg and bear hug your horse for a nice secure feeling.

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