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! :)