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post #11 of 12 Old 01-10-2012, 11:41 AM Thread Starter
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Thank you :) Sounds like I have a similar situation to your mare.... He is ridden alot, but not faster than a trot.... We go out atleast thwice a week, but over my break I was out every other day :) Thank you for your help :)
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post #12 of 12 Old 01-12-2012, 12:30 PM
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Hello! Here is my opinion:

I think you should get the saddle properly fitted or maybe even get a new one so you can feel more comfortable to work with your horse. Canter : English Lope : Western -they are both the same gait, just have different names.

Here is how I've been taught to lope:

•Start with a consistent, normal speed of a trot/jog.
-if he tries to do an extended trot, slow him down and start over again.

•Move your outside leg back and give him a kick when you're ready.
-you can also make kissing noises or say "hip."

•Make sure to have a good seat and heels down, when you are good at it with stirrups:try without, it will help you get ready to lope bareback.

Hope I helped! xo

You may even want to try lunging him at a lope/canter. If you have access to a round pen, try getting him to lope/canter in there. As for the galloping when being asked to lope, make sure you slow him down and let him know that was not what you were asking for.
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