04-14-2012, 11:57 PM
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I think it depends on where you want to show, what level. If you are doing local level and/or 4-h and you have a consistent forward moving, controlled and collected lope then it will be fine. If you are doing breed shows then they want a slower lope but I have seen them place a horse that passed everyone in the ring - it was loping at the pace it was capable of loping. (any slower and it would have been broken).
Be careful with slowing down your horse or you run the risk of "breaking" his movement - I did that and I'm still fixing it.
You can lift up the reins and shorten his stride if you want to but don't lose your compulsion...