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    08-16-2010, 12:45 PM
Neat idea!! I'll have to try that!!
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    08-16-2010, 08:59 PM
All of these things work expecially cirles
    08-18-2010, 09:30 AM
I recently bought a 5 year old WP prospect and what I did to get him to slow down at the jog and lope was transitions. For the jog/lope I did was jog/lope for around 1-2 strides, stop (if he/she doesn't stop right away back him up), you keep doing that until he/she relaxes and slowes down. Then you go into a 20m circle and do 1/2 of the circle at a jog/lope, stop (back if nessecary), continue, repeat. After you have done that a few times, do the whole circle.

Tip: This won't take one day to accomplish, it will take 4-5 sessions (20-30 mins)

Tip: Be Relaxed and he/she will be relaxed.

Hope I helped!
    08-18-2010, 03:04 PM
I can't wait to try that on my girl!! Thanks!!
    08-18-2010, 03:29 PM
You have gotten some really great advice on here! Some of which I will steal myself! One more tip that I can throw in for you is that a good lope starts with a good jog. You want her to be slow and balanced at the jog and don't let her run into the lope. It takes a while for them to get the muscle to truely 'pop' into the lope. Cue the lope, give her three strides to get it done. If she can't get it loping by three strides, bring her back down into a nice jog and start again.

Good luck!
    08-18-2010, 03:41 PM
That really helps! She does tend to run around for a long time before loping :)
    08-18-2010, 04:23 PM
Originally Posted by ShadowSpazzz    
I can't wait to try that on my girl!! Thanks!!

No problem! I hope it works it did for me!!
    08-18-2010, 04:45 PM
I missed how old your horse is?

A key to slow is body control. Younger horses tend to be rushy and chargy as they are not in complete control of their body and therefore not balanced. Sometimes it's body stage of growth.
    08-22-2010, 12:22 PM
My horse is 10..
    10-04-2010, 11:37 AM
Some good ideas already posted
The thing to remember is that it is easier for ahorse to do things fast than slow, esp performing a true lope, three beat lope
As mentioned, working on strength building and body control is a basic part of a good lope
Also, you don't slow them by holding on their mouth, as that just gives them something to lean against, like a race horse, and they will lope fast and on their forehand
Collection, driving up from behind, as very important-as the horse drives deeper he will slow out of self carriage and collection
Also, make sure your transitition tot he lope is correct, or you are trying to fix the lope right from the beginning, instead of starting out correct
That means the horse has to keep frame and drive up into the lope from behind. In the beginning, you will need to hold with reins quite a bit while driving up into the lope with your leg. That's okay at this point. Continue to hold and drive until you feel the horse soften in your hands. At that point reward, and release rein pressure, expecting the horse to stay the same. At first you might only get a stride or two, before you have to take hold agin and drive. You build on this
Lope half a circle, stop, roll back to the outside and lope off on opposite lead without ant trotting steps
Once the horse is good at speed control in a circle, you can try it in a straight line. When the horse speeds up without you asking, give an initcial cue like more weight in your sttirups, then stop the horse and back him up. The horse will learn to slow eventually from you inticial cue, and this gives you a way of slowing the horse in the show ring without using reins
Also, in the show pen, when I need to slow my western pl horse, I will use added leg pressure, which tells my horse to drive deeper , and thus will slow off of seat and leg, which you need in the show pen

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