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post #1 of 13 Old 07-09-2020, 10:29 AM Thread Starter
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How to fix horse’s gallop?

Hi,

I’m taking riding lessons. I’m almost finish my last certificate (lvl 4/4) and I’m struggling with gallop (aka canter) still. My trainer is really good and she tries to help, but I would like your advice and tips if any of you had this problem before.

I’m not sure if it’s a horse problem or a problem with myself since it happened to almost all the horses I took in the last years.

The problem is that I can’t keep the horse gallop and he is always breaking to trot.

For example, I do leg pressure to start, but the time I stop putting my legs he just want to trot. So I almost put leg pressure 95% of the time I gallop which is making a circle of problem.

Leg pressure -> Gallop -> Relax leg -> Trot -> leg pressure -> Gallop ...

I just want the horse to keep galloping until I want him to stop.

Do you have any tips I could try next time?

Thank you
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post #2 of 13 Old 07-09-2020, 11:16 AM
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He's a lazy horse that won't maintain the gait, unless you babysit him with leg pressure. I'd say it's the horse. there are ways to fix that but I would ask your trainer because that's her job.
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post #3 of 13 Old 07-09-2020, 11:55 AM
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He's a lazy horse that won't maintain the gait, unless you babysit him with leg pressure. I'd say it's the horse. there are ways to fix that but I would ask your trainer because that's her job.
I agree on both points. The horse is lazy and your trainer should have some good ideas.

My friends and I say "you have to pedal (just like a bicycle) that horse." when riding one like that.
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post #4 of 13 Old 07-09-2020, 11:55 AM
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My friend shared a horse like yours - the owner rode with a strong constant leg. So to keep canter she had to keep leg on. This mare would always drop out of canter whenever she relaxed her leg. Back then she ended up having to learn to canter on a different horse that WOULD keep gait. When she went back to her share horse she could canter fine but had to keep the leg on. Ask then hold (maybe not holding as tight as to ask but still firm). It was the only way she could keep the canter up. Personally its really annoying AND tiring, but if you don't own the horse then you might just have to do that instead.
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post #5 of 13 Old 07-09-2020, 12:23 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you everyone. Good to know I’m not the problem and will try to release legs gradually and see if it helps.
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@Nic727 since you say it's happened with almost all of the horses you've been riding, I'd suspect it may be you rather than them. Has your trainer seen anyone else ride these horses? Are they always like that?
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@ACinATX It could also be that the OP only rides school horses. In my experience, school horses will typically drop canter if the rider doesn’t insist. I would like to hear others who have had a different experience with school horses - I could have had bad luck.
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@ACinATX It could also be that the OP only rides school horses. In my experience, school horses will typically drop canter if the rider doesn’t insist. I would like to hear others who have had a different experience with school horses - I could have had bad luck.
Yes, I suppose that's true. The main lesson pony I used to ride liked to canter and never did that, but now that I think about it the others all did. Some of them wouldn't even stay in a trot. I'm glad my own horses aren't like that.
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post #10 of 13 Old 07-09-2020, 06:57 PM
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There is a difference between a canter and gallop. Canter is three beats. Gallop 4. May not sound like much but can be the difference of a nice rolling feel to blasting off in a rocketship.
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