How do you teach a horse to lope?

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How do you teach a horse to lope?

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    08-24-2011, 06:09 PM
How do you teach a horse to lope?

I'm definitely not a western pleasure rider xD But I am very interested in getting many different types of advice from different types of riders. I do hunters but I like to have a well rounded horse I can take anywhere and do virtually anything with. I do trails with her and have shown gymkhana and western pleasure before, but it was a go-as-you-please class and we did her little wp jog and got second! haha she can neckrein too, but she's part saddlebred so her neck is pretty upright, so serious western showing is out of the question.

Anywho, I want to know how you get your horses to lope slowly. I can get her to jog, but her canter has a bit of a get-up-and-go to it. I do a lot of transitions that include stopping, backing, then going. She doesn't have a fast canter, but it's certainly not slow. When I ask her to slow, eventually she breaks to a trot.

So, what sorts of things to you do when training a horse to lope? As much details as possible would be great! :)
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    08-24-2011, 09:14 PM
I had this same problem but start to lope then cout 3 - 5 strides then stop and back do this over and oveer that way she expects it and goes slower
    08-25-2011, 10:29 AM
I hope I can in writing explain how to slow down any particular gait with the slowing down of the rider's body bio-mechanics. I think maybe visualization is the basic key to trying to explain the workings of bio-mechanics of the rider. The reason I am presenting this is that it worked for my mare and I with a Bio-Mechanic Clinician Dressage trainer.
    08-28-2011, 04:29 AM
Working on really collecting them up and being able to move all parts of there body helps too. Having control of their face and neck can allow you to push them into their lope making them round up and allowing for quicker transition from stop to back while maintaining a good form.

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