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post #1 of 12 Old 02-24-2016, 11:21 PM Thread Starter
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Sitting the Western Gallop

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Okay so I am somewhat new to riding, I've been riding western for four years now. I'm only sixteen and am just starting to get the whole horse thing but I still feel like I suck. I am now able to sit the lope fairly well and the trot (unless it's insanely choppy then I'm a little off balance.) I would really like to start picking up speed since I'm planning to show this summer but I'm kind of nervous to do so. Is the gallop like sitting the lope? If not how do I keep my butt in the saddle? Squeeze with my thighs? Relax?

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post #2 of 12 Old 02-24-2016, 11:34 PM
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Can you trot and lope without stirrups?
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My short answer is: Get jiggy with it!

Move. Trust your "righting reactions." Look that up. Get your core toned.
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Like the trot, it can be a little choppy depending on the horse. It's a little different than the lope, but it sure is fun! I say give it a try in a controlled setting if you can and go with your gut. Just move with the horse and relax like you do at the trot and the lope and you should be fine!
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My short answer is: Get jiggy with it!

Move. Trust your "righting reactions." Look that up. Get your core toned.
I love everything about this!!!!

I second the "get your core toned."

How easy are you able to sit the transitions from trot to lope and walk to lope, and also downward transitions (those get me) from the lope to a trot, or lope to walk, or lope to stop? Once you get a good feel for those things then you can almost naturally pick up more speed.
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post #6 of 12 Old 02-25-2016, 09:32 AM
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Loose hips. Like boots said. Isolate your hips from your upper body, so the upper body stays fairly still, and your hips stay in the saddle, but move with the horse.
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post #7 of 12 Old 02-26-2016, 07:07 PM
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make sure you practice it a lot before you show
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post #8 of 12 Old 02-26-2016, 07:30 PM
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Unless you're barrel racing, there's no call for the gallop when showing.
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Unless you're barrel racing, there's no call for the gallop when showing.
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Don't English classes call for a "hand gallop" anymore?
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Don't English classes call for a "hand gallop" anymore?
I've only seen the hand gallop called when a W/T/C class is too close to call otherwise. However, the OP was asking specifically about the "western gallop," and I've never seen a hand gallop called in a western class.
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