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  • Why do western pleasure horses lope so slow
  • Horse wants to canter instead of trot

 
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    09-03-2008, 06:11 PM
  #1
Foal
lope why??

Why do you have to have your horse go really slow in western classes for a lope? My friend and I want to know why this is.
     
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    09-04-2008, 10:42 AM
  #2
Super Moderator
....because the announcer said so???
     
    09-07-2008, 07:50 PM
  #3
Trained
^^^ you're too funny lol

I heard once it was because of the whole pleasure thing. A nice slow, laid back lope is more 'pleasurable' pressumably than an accelerated canter with a purpose. I dunno...something like that :)
     
    09-07-2008, 08:38 PM
  #4
Yearling
Jazzyrider you are right lol

But my mare doesnt even like to lope so when she does its really fast.. but when I pull her back she trots... grrrr but she's green so I understand her confusion lol..
     
    09-08-2008, 09:04 AM
  #5
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Originally Posted by lacyloo
jazzyrider you are right lol

But my mare doesnt even like to lope so when she does its really fast.. but when I pull her back she trots... grrrr but she's green so I understand her confusion lol..
Me too! Mine too... I can't do it right... I pull up too much, he stops.. I give too much... he's fast.. errr.....
     
    09-08-2008, 08:59 PM
  #6
Foal
Yeah that drives me crazy too, thanks for answering too!
     
    09-12-2008, 09:11 PM
  #7
Foal
If you guys want to try to slow down your horses' lopes, when you pull back, keep your leg on so they know to keep going (if you're not doing so already). Apply slight pulling pressure first and increase until you get the result you want, then give them their face, but keep leg on to keep them rounded. They'll most likely speed up again within a few strides but if you stick to it and be consistent about it they will soon get the idea and be able to lope slowly for more extended periods of time. :)
Just my suggestions to you guys. May or may not work for you or your horses, but still something you could try if you want. :)
     
    09-13-2008, 12:00 AM
  #8
Weanling
Lol I think I answered this same question a couple of weeks ago lol

Alright for example if you had to ride your horse for two or more days straight would you like to do it at a trot or a easy canter??
When horses were still the only way to get around and the real cowboys were slinging guns and all that they taught their horses to stay in step with the cows at the faster paces with a canter instead of a trot so the cowboys werent as saddle sore and for men....welll.....it was just eaiser lol
So western pleasure is the ideal western horse and well that was it lol
     
    09-13-2008, 08:26 AM
  #9
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Originally Posted by Mira
If you guys want to try to slow down your horses' lopes, when you pull back, keep your leg on so they know to keep going (if you're not doing so already). Apply slight pulling pressure first and increase until you get the result you want, then give them their face, but keep leg on to keep them rounded. They'll most likely speed up again within a few strides but if you stick to it and be consistent about it they will soon get the idea and be able to lope slowly for more extended periods of time. :)
Just my suggestions to you guys. May or may not work for you or your horses, but still something you could try if you want. :)
teehee... and where it gets even more difficult is in that he's spur broke so I have to be really careful w/ all my aids... AAAHHH.... actually it's getting better...
     
    11-13-2008, 08:21 PM
  #10
Weanling
At the AQHA shows now when they ask for the lope they say 'lope with forward motion' because some horses were going way too slow. Im not sure why its the way it is but that's just the trend and if you want to do good you have to go with it. When I show in pleasure at the AQHA shows I don't force my horse to be too slow. He stays consistant, keeps his head down, lopes at a good speed and he has a true lope. Alot of judges like a true lope over one that's not together but slow.
     

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