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post #1 of 16 Old 03-22-2019, 03:01 PM Thread Starter
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Troping or Loping?

Hey, can u guys help me see if my WP horse is troping or loping?
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post #2 of 16 Old 03-22-2019, 03:21 PM
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Definitely not a trot, it lacks the impulsion for a nice two beat trot. Not a lope either, so to avoid making this a habit either squeeze her up into a nice 1-2-3 canter or bring her back to a walk and ask for a good and proper trot.
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Definitely it is the kind of gait which makes outsiders say "what is with that WP stuff? They don't seem to want their horses to go anywhere."

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Thank you guys! He’s 4 beating right? That inbetween gait, and how can I tell when he’s properly loping?
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and how can I tell when heís properly loping?
When you get a moment of suspension.

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He is moving like my navicular horse. The jog looks miserable for him and the lope is closer to a trope. He's trying to lope in the front but trotting in the back. Yucky :( Looks like a very sweet horse though.
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When you're going to the right it's... a lope, though barely a lope, but that seems desirable in WP these days?? To the left s/he never quite gets there. Just does a little head bob like s/he's thinking about doing it but never actually gets out of jog.

One of the horses where I ride learned that she could fake out kids and avoid actually cantering if she just bobbed her head in a canter-like way while continuing to trot. This horse looks a little like when you're going to the left.
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To add to what I just wrote above, look at the legs when you're going to the right: they're landing in the correct order for lope. Three beats: hind left first, then hind right and front left at the same time, then front right.

Now look at your horse's feet when he's going to the left: despite the head motion, he's just doing the two-beat steps of the jog/trot. Hind left and front right together, then hind right and front left together. For lope that direction, it *should* be the three beats as above, but with: hind right first, then hind left and front right together, then front left.
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I agree with @SteadyOn . . . going right there were moments of true loping. there were also bits of troping. Going left, you never had a true lope.


Almost all of the 'trot' , or jog as it's called, was so flat that it was really some kind of a four beat walk.


Really pretty horse. His tail swishing seemed to indicate displeasure, tho.
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post #10 of 16 Old 03-23-2019, 01:17 AM Thread Starter
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Thank you guys this helps a lot! Iíll keep working with him to get out of his troping, he has no soundness issues just trained to go too slow.
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