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post #11 of 12 Old 11-18-2011, 12:26 PM
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One thing I'm noticing is that you are allowing him to go into his transitions strung out. The backing is helpful to get him underneath himself but the trick is to go straight into the transition from the rear. Meaning he is on his hind when you ask him to move forward. You end up allowing him to take a few steps before transitioning which ends up allowing him back onto his front.

You actually aren't doing all that bad. You are definitely headed in the right direction. Good luck!

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post #12 of 12 Old 11-18-2011, 12:35 PM
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It may sound painful for your pleasure horse but work on forward. His lope is very stiff and "bobbly" looking as I suspect that he was worked to first go slow instead of correct and then slow. Get him moving forward and then start working to bring him back down to a lope. I would also try taking him over ground poles at the lope and getting him to lift more. I have a similar issue with my mare, I focused too much on slowing down and she started getting stiff and just pulling along with her front end. Good luck and have fun!
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