Basic Horsemanship : How to Lope a Horse
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Basic Horsemanship : How to Lope a Horse

October 14, 2019


We’ll ask our rider to lope this horse and
we’ll notice that she’s going to use her outside heel only. I often say it should be the mere
whisper of your heel the outside only asking your horse to lope off your leg in a quite
mannerly fashion. We are working with a young horse here who does happen to swap his leads
so we are going to ask this rider to go back to the walk and correctly que the horse again
hoping for that correct right lead. So there we are back on our correct right lead, the
lead is that maneuver where the horse is making his stride so that inside leg, or in this
direction the right leg is stretching further. If the horse were to be on his incorrect,
the rider would experience a much bumpier opportunity here on this smaller circle. We
want correct leads and we want horses that are able to be qued for those very simply
with a smooth and clean transition. When the rider is loping the horse we should be able
to maintain that same straight ear to shoulder hip to heel position. We sit up tall, keep
our eyes up, steering and guiding as much with our eyes as any other part of our body.
Our hands must remain quiet in front of the saddle, our hand position will dictate whether
we’re going to get a low or high head carriage. In our western horses we often have our hands
drop just a little bit lower as we are learning, or as we are training the horse, teaching
him to be more collected western like position. When we go to ride the horse at the lope,
our seat must be able to move and follow the rhythm. Always maintaining the contact or
what we say, we like our riders to have what we call a lightly polishing the saddle with
our seat bones kind of movement. Everything from the waist upward should be maintained
almost as I call ballerina poise, it’s not just about having a fashionable good looking
rider, but one who is straight up, healthy and balanced.

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  1. I had the same problem getting my horse to lope. just put her into a trot and then don't push her any more unless she comes down to a walk then push her back up into a trot .. try that for a while and it should help p.s. when you are ready to go back to a walk make sure you ask her to slow down, if she walks be for u ask her to push her back to a trot for 2 to3 strides then ask her to walk… hope it helps!

  2. exercise him regurlarly to build his cardio so he can do regular exercises without being exhausted,
    also trot him more than you will canter or lope so he can speand his weight equally on his legs — it builds muscle
    :]

  3. well he's 22, thats probably PART of the problem. There is a 22 year old ex-RACEHORSE at my barn and he's 22 and he's slowing down.

    But if you dont think that sthe problem, try him on a circle and get in up into a lope and keep your leg on, if he slows down just alittle, get him back up again, but be quick or he'll just keep doing it and think, "She's not telling me quicker so I'll just keep stopping to piss her off"

    Hope THis helps

    If you need anymore info just message me

  4. I wouldn't really call this a true pleasure lope. More of a extended lope in my opinion because the lope should be more collected and slower. Different people might take it different ways but loping to me is a pleasure lope. But if thats how you want it then it looks good. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. This has been incredibly useful. Someone told me that I should use my inside leg for a canter. Also, I've wandered what the real difference is between correct and incorrect leads. Thank you so very much!

  6. Can someone help me out here? When I lope (on a bumpy horse unless all horses are like this) I lift about a foot into the air and I feel like I'm going to fall. I am skinny and light after all but does anyone know of any position or anything to help to keep balanced on a bumpy lope? ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. @reininghorses57 not too simple.I guess THAT horse specifically is too rocky. I don't know i will have to try different methods for different horses. Thanks for trying to help ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. @The1Hamster1 just make sure you relax, keep reins loose so you don't bump the mouth and sit deep, rocking your pelvis on the saddle (like itching your butt) to the movement of the horse. I found it hard at first too, but a month later now I relax and sit deeper.

  9. @Yazora Outside leg is best because then you create pressure to the haunches to the inside so they start on the correct lead. But start your cue in a corner so the horse is 1) slower and 2) curved to the inside. Incorrect lead will be the outside front leg leading ahead of the inside leg. You want the inside leg to hit first.

  10. @NojumpsNoglory agreed…my horse is lazy and did not want to lope or canter. She would give me a quarter of the arena then trot. She could trot for long time though. I kept asking the lope, on and off her back. Now she maintains it longer and longer. Be consistent.

  11. Lol why is she dressed English in some videos and Western in others. Country girls and English girls cannot co-exist in the same barn. That would sobs vs hicks.

  12. Guys if you didn't hear her at the beginning.. she said he was a young horse. Young horses training in western have a canter at first. That's why he was cantering. She said she was training him to have a better lope. Listen before you speak ๐Ÿ˜˜

  13. so i'm a beginning rider, i started with 1 lesson a week probably 3 months ago (but i took a month off) and i've been working on loping lately. my issues is that for some reason, whenever i'm done riding and i get home, (this is kinda weird) my lower back/upper butt area is rubbed raw. it's reeeally painful and i don't like. my questions are, what am i most likely doing that's causing this, and what can i do to fix it?? i've tried so many different things to change it but no matter what my lope feels uncomfortable and i end up with raw skin.

  14. im also a beginner and i found loping very easy? it may seem hard and it gets scary at first,ย butย I had a amazing teacher and a good horse! you need a good horse it makes anything you do easyer, I love horses and soon i have a show so i hope you make a video for show or something? But dont worry loping is hard at first but you get a rithom. Good luck

  15. This may be a short video but it has the most informative basic and distinctive information I have seen. It is quiet and easily understood.

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