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  • how to get a horse to slow down at a lope
  • how lateral work help slow down the lope

 
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    08-11-2010, 03:34 PM
  #1
Foal
Post 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!
     
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    08-11-2010, 03:37 PM
  #2
Trained
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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    08-11-2010, 03:50 PM
  #3
Foal
Hmm... great idea!! Thanks!!
     
    08-12-2010, 11:23 AM
  #4
Weanling
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.
     
    08-12-2010, 01:54 PM
  #5
Weanling
And circles.
Lots of circles
More circles
And lots more circles.
Small circles
Big circles
Round 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.
     
    08-12-2010, 04:17 PM
  #6
Yearling
Quote:
Originally Posted by GottaRide    
And circles.
Lots of circles
More circles
And lots more circles.
Small circles
Big circles
Round 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.
Exactley! Circles are amazing!
     
    08-12-2010, 08:37 PM
  #7
Foal
Quote:
Originally Posted by StylishK    
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.
Thank you!! She is extremly responsive, quick, and good at backing, haunch turns, lateral work and stuff so I'm soo glad that it can help her!!
     
    08-12-2010, 08:40 PM
  #8
Foal
Quote:
Originally Posted by GottaRide    
And circles.
Lots of circles
More circles
And lots more circles.
Small circles
Big circles
Round 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.
Wow great idea!! Thank you thank you!!!
     
    08-16-2010, 12:25 PM
  #9
Weanling
I find circles don't 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
     
    08-16-2010, 12:39 PM
  #10
Showing
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
     

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