I'm fine to lope but I don't want to gallop - Page 2 - The Horse Forum
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #11 of 16 Old 11-13-2011, 12:56 AM
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: WA
Posts: 1,400
• Horses: 3
I'm honestly curious, how would not having a bit solve the "pull and give" issue? Wouldn't it be the same thing just with pressure on the face instead of the mouth?
Dressage10135 is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #12 of 16 Old 11-13-2011, 01:07 AM
Join Date: Jan 2007
Posts: 4,648
• Horses: 6
They're less likely to take it and run with it, I've found, because it doesn't hurt and scare them the way pain from taut reins on a bit can. Obviously it's not 100%, and of course you need to have a horse soft and respectful in a halter on the ground first, but my anecdotal "research" has shown horses to be far more sensitive to see and leg cues and more willing to listen to me, as opposed to running blindly, in the bitless option.
bubba13 is offline  
post #13 of 16 Old 11-13-2011, 01:09 AM
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: WA
Posts: 1,400
• Horses: 3
Very interesting, I never would have thought that. Thanks!
Dressage10135 is offline  
post #14 of 16 Old 11-13-2011, 02:51 AM
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: high desert so cal
Posts: 14
• Horses: 0
check his feeding schedule also feed any "hot" feeds at night to keep him warm, but just hay in the morning.
AnneMarie66 is offline  
post #15 of 16 Old 11-13-2011, 04:44 AM
Green Broke
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: North Dakota, USA
Posts: 3,440
• Horses: 8
If he has a hot blood breed in him such as Arab, the check and release should work. Otherwise, take him out and lope him for several miles. When they are only loped for short distances, they have a tendency to get excited and use a burst of energy. When they are rode for a longer lope they'll learn to conserve their energy. Kind of like the difference between a marathon runner and a sprinter. They have to be taught this though and taking him for longer loping sessions will do that.

How big is his turnout? If he can't really get up and move there, he will want to move faster when you lope so he can stretch out.
Posted via Mobile Device
usandpets is offline  
post #16 of 16 Old 11-13-2011, 10:44 AM
Join Date: Jan 2010
Posts: 395
• Horses: 0
Oh, I see. You don't mind a fast lope, you just don't want to gallop.

You might want to try lunging before riding and see how that works. How big a ring do you ride him in? Indoor or outdoor?
Posted via Mobile Device

Last edited by twh; 11-13-2011 at 10:51 AM.
twh is offline  

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
I really need to know..too big or just fine? Gidget Horse Talk 18 10-22-2011 09:19 PM
Does anyone here think of gaits as walk, jog, trot, lope, canter, gallop? Rosalle X Horse Riding 4 11-05-2010 07:22 PM
Critique Hand Gallop/Gallop Up a Hill AngelWithoutWings54 Horse Riding Critique 13 08-22-2010 08:39 PM
Western-Walk,Jog,Lope,gallop-English- Walk, Trot, Canter, Gallop...RIGHT?! thunderhooves Horse Riding 10 05-07-2010 05:26 AM
Help Everything was fine but now..... Phantomcolt18 Barn Maintenance 21 03-17-2010 10:07 AM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome