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    01-09-2012, 12:09 PM
Should I try Western?

Hey, so I have a Quarter horse that was used under a saddle(not really sure about his background) and he really wants to go(he is very powerful). I currently ride bareback on him, and have a western saddle(it doesn't fit, so I have to get it adjusted), but when I try to get him into a canter or a loap, he just trots faster... More experienced riders have said that he completly skips cantering and goes straight into loaping... I would really like to teach him to loap/canter, but should I get the saddle fixed, becuase I have never cantered bareback, or should I just stick with my current bareback ridding? I don't want to confuse him or anything....
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    01-09-2012, 12:51 PM
I'm not sure about the skipping cantering and just goes straight to loping?

Technically they are the same. English riders tend to say canter while western say lope.

However a lope is a very slow, easy gait. On many horses it can be slower than a trot!
    01-09-2012, 01:04 PM
Green Broke
Was wondering if you mean galloping-as that is a faster pace than a canter/lope?
    01-09-2012, 02:04 PM
Ya, I think its the fastest speed........ It goes; walking, trotting, loaping/catering and then galloping.
    01-09-2012, 02:37 PM
Green Broke
If he's galloping & you're bareback, well, he could be a little "out of control". You haven't said anything about your riding experience, but this could be a dangerous situation. Are you riding in an areana? Is someone else always around? I think it might be good timing for a Professional trainer to evaluate the horse & your ability to teach him at this time, especially w/out proper tack.
    01-09-2012, 03:04 PM
I can control him, the issue is that I havent ever galloped on him..... I ride outside on a ranch and there is always someone around :) No worries, I always try to be safe :)
    01-10-2012, 01:19 AM
Who says she's riding without the proper tack???
    01-10-2012, 11:22 AM
Green Broke
She stated the saddle didn't fit, so she was riding bareback. That's why she's asking about the the tack.
    01-10-2012, 11:35 AM
Sounds like either a control/cueing issue on the rider's part or the horse may be out of shape, not ridden in a while, or ridden by poor or inexperienced riders.

I had a similar situation with my mare who had a 10-year absence from riding when I found her. She would go into an extended trot when asked to lope (we do western riding) and then when she finally did get into the lope, would go back to a trot intermittently. Then when she progressed to loping circles, she went super fast. I had to keep on working with her to build up muscle and stamina, and eventually she remorphed back into the great horse that she is today. She lopes at the speed I ask, and can do slow controlled loping in circles. People tell me they can't believe she is 16 years old and had three foals. She used to be a cutting horse and super athletic. Anyway, enough bragging on my horse...

If I were you, as others suggested, I would ask a trainer or very experienced rider to ride her to evaluate her skills, and then watch you ride to see if they can give you any pointers. And by all means, please get her a decent saddle! Good luck!
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    01-10-2012, 11:36 AM
Thank you Iain!!!!!!! And I ride bareback becuase I enjoy it, but its just difficult to ride a gallop, or a canter bareback..... THAT IS WHY I HAVE THE SADDLE.... in case I need it to teach him how to Canter/Loap.....

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