Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Grand Forks, ND
If you're simply asking what we do to cue our horses to lope/canter, I just making a kissing noise, if my horse doesn't go from that I tap with the outside leg.
I have a horse right now that on the lunge line he won't lope unless I kiss like 20 times haha, you might just need a persistant way of going at it.
If you are asking him to lope, at a trot, and to make this story easy lets just say you were kissing. So, your horse is trotting nicely, you kiss and he only goes up to a fast trot, so you said before you bring him back down and then do it again. If I was the horse I would think your kissing for no reason because I react to it and then you bring me back to what I was doing before. In this case I would just keep doing whatever I was doing to get to the faster trot, just keep "pushing" the horse forward. If the kissing noise doesn't help tap him on the outside foot.
One person I knew tapped with the INSIDE foot, this was backwards to me but I guess you could try it. Might as well try everthing right? I use different cues, clicking for trotting, kissing for loping.