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Slowing lope..

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    04-14-2012, 10:24 PM
Slowing lope..

My horse is not new to Western Pleasure his record and papers show it. I have done WP but not competitively. We just got him, he's 23. He is 15.3 and has long legs which make his strides very long. When he goes into the lope it feels like he is rearing, but from the ground he is just reaching into it. I cannot upload any videos. But he really stretches into it. Should I try to slow down his lope or just sit it normally because his stride is so long? If I should slow it, how?
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    04-14-2012, 11:24 PM
Can you talk to his old owners and find out about how he was trained and his cues?

I would start there.
    04-14-2012, 11:39 PM
They never rode him. I know his cues though.
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    04-14-2012, 11:47 PM
Is he spur trained?
    04-14-2012, 11:53 PM
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    04-14-2012, 11:55 PM
In that case, I suggest you look at some of the other threads in the pleasure section. There are several others about slowing a horse's lope down and you may get some ideas from those.
    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...

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