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    05-04-2011, 06:05 AM
  #1
Foal
How to slow your horse from Cantering to loping.. ??

I've currently started cantering my horse.. but he's trying to rush corners and skip then and does canter quite fast.. any tips to help slow him down without bringing him into trot? Also I don't want to "hold" his head to tight or constantly pull on the reins to keep him slow if that makes sense x
     
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    05-04-2011, 06:09 AM
  #2
Green Broke
Ahh isn't cantering and loping the same thing??

Correct me if I'm wrong.
     
    05-04-2011, 06:11 AM
  #3
Foal
I'm not sure.. I thought joggin and loping were called different as the gaits are much slower in western to english x
     
    05-06-2011, 03:50 PM
  #4
Weanling
A lope is much slower than a canter and your horse dose not reach out as much in a lope as in the canter. You have to hole and release. When he speads up hold him till he slows down then release. You may only get two stepes before he speads up and you are doing it agien. At first it seems redundent but one day you will notice that he is going longer with out being crected. Now also a nother point is it is easyer to go fast when you are out of fram and shape. So you also have two work on fraim collection and fit ness.
     
    05-12-2011, 09:24 AM
  #5
Foal
Lots and lots of pushing the hip around and counter canter, serpentines at canter etc. once he learns to drive he will slow up and yes hold and release
     
    05-12-2011, 09:50 AM
  #6
Super Moderator
Since you have just started cantering your horse forward motion is actually more important then speed. Once you have the forward motion you can start working on collection as long as you understand that collection is different then slow. My suggestion is canter smaller circles. If your horse is balanced, you really don't need a lot of space to canter.

Also don't canter for long periods of time yet. Work on getting your horse properly moving off the rear so start out from the back for now. Back your horse up until his weight is on his hind end and then ask for the canter. Only do about 4 or 5 strides and then halt and back up before cantering off again. Sometimes break to a walk and other times break to a trot but do lots and lots of downward transitions for now. That will get him looking for the whoa and it will help to slow him down quite a bit.
     
    05-12-2011, 10:23 AM
  #7
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by RedTree    
ahh isn't cantering and loping the same thing??

Correct me if I'm wrong.
I think they are the same. Cantering is English and loping is Western. At least that's what I've always heard.

Instead of holding your horse back to get him to go slower, take him out on a long dirt road, (or just go around an arena lots and lots of times) and canter him for 7 or 8 miles. Do this for three or four days. He will slow himself down to conserve his energy instead of wasting it in the first mile. Going for short canters he can become like a sprinter, where the long rides will get him thinking he needs to be like a marathon runner, slow and steady.
     
    05-12-2011, 10:51 AM
  #8
Showing
Technically canter/lope is the same gait, but lope is used in western and much slower than an english canter.

I would heed caution about just holding one back to get a decrease in speed, you may get slowed down but will end up with hind legs dragging out behind. Hold light pressure on the bit, but add leg, this will drive hind legs underneath and help collect and get the horse on the bit not just slowed down and will keep from breaking down into the trot.
     
    05-12-2011, 01:46 PM
  #9
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by farmpony84    
since you have just started cantering your horse forward motion is actually more important then speed. Once you have the forward motion you can start working on collection as long as you understand that collection is different then slow. My suggestion is canter smaller circles. If your horse is balanced, you really don't need a lot of space to canter.

Also don't canter for long periods of time yet. Work on getting your horse properly moving off the rear so start out from the back for now. Back your horse up until his weight is on his hind end and then ask for the canter. Only do about 4 or 5 strides and then halt and back up before cantering off again. Sometimes break to a walk and other times break to a trot but do lots and lots of downward transitions for now. That will get him looking for the whoa and it will help to slow him down quite a bit.
yes!!!!
     
    05-18-2011, 08:27 PM
  #10
Foal
Roxxy-farmpony84 and MHFoundation Quarters have given you some great advice, It all comes from behind :) Drive him into the bit, get him to work under himself, do circles, serpentines, stop, back up, try again, repeat. Do not just take him on a long ride...he needs to develop proper muscling and learn to use his body correctly.
     

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