How to Ride a Horse at the Canter & Lope : How to Steer a Horse at a Lope
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How to Ride a Horse at the Canter & Lope : How to Steer a Horse at a Lope

October 27, 2019


I’m Kelly on behalf of Expert Village. I’m
going to show you some tips and techniques I use when cantering and loping my horse.
So not that we have our horse moving up into the lope, you are going to want to steer by
picking up and your going to be neck reining. So you want your horse to respond by steering
off of the rein that you lay on its neck. You want to keep applying outside leg pressure,
you look in the direction that you want to go, and you’re just going to pick up and you’re
going to lay that rein. So if you notice, there is slight differences in steering, riding
one handed and Western style verses riding English with two hands. Your steering primarily
off of your outside rein instead of pulling off of your inside reins. There is not a whole
lot of movement with your hands, you’re just picking up laying that rein and she’s going
to go where you want her to. Whoa. So those are some tips and techniques that you can
use when steering your horse at the lope.

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  1. when you lope you have to move your hands with the horse's head, and also when your loping in a circle some horses bolt when they come to the center so you need to pull their nose in the direcion you want to go, just by twisting your wrist slightly. this woman needs some lessons, also that is not a lope, she needs to get her gaits right.

  2. i know, my hands just hover over the horn of the saddle, i have no idea WHY she would even go all the way up to her chest with the reins. thats just ridiculous.

  3. A horse should be turning off of your leg with minimum movement of the hand. The reason her hand is coming up so high is due to her riding on a very long rein. Riding on a draped rein is perfect but not when you have to raise your hand up to your face like that.
    She needs to supple this horse more through it's neck and shoulders.

  4. I think she is helping the rental rider, but could not be more incorrect in every way for the competitive, or even halfway serious rider. Even poor for 4-H level

  5. I ride western, one-handed, and my horse doesn't like outside leg pressure. Is there any other way I can steer him?

  6. She doesnt know a thing about english riding if she thinks the inside rein is used to stear đŸ™‚ And I think a professional of any kind should not speak a word of what he doesn't know. Inside rein is used for lateral movements – shoulder-in, traverse etc – and bendings which western's don't do at all – so your horses a stif and not flexible (but you don't need them to be otherwise, so it's ok). This horse is lame and has a lot more problems.

  7. This is the weirdest, most awkward gait I've ever seen. Definitely not a lope. There so many things wrong with this video – and this woman – I don't even know where to begin. I've gotten to the point where I watch these videos when I need a good laugh.

  8. alot of people train their horses to lope like this which is STUPID! i went to the state show and alot of the western pleasure horses "loped" like this. its supposed to be natural not all gimpy and limp!

  9. umm well… i show on the ILQHYA IQHA and AQHA circuits and lopes are supposed to be a three beat canter not just slow my old horse had a perfect canter but wasnt as slow as some four beat horses he still placed above them because he was lopin correctly…so all i have to sale is that if you want to show someone how to ride…RIDE A HORSE THAT CAN ACTUALLY DO WHAT ITS SUPPOSED TO!!!!!

  10. Ok this is the most pathetic lope I have ever seen too and I ride western pleasure horses but seriously the horse is not lame, and is not hurt in any other way. This horse was trained to move that way, the western pleasure horse is a product of their environment if their trained that way then thats how they will stay. The western pleasure horses I own are much more lifty and do not look lame in any way( which we try to avoid that lame look),but the techniques in riding the horses are similar.

  11. I try to avoid the lame look by lifting the inside rein and moving them out. Also for the people that say western pleasure horses cant bend, we bend them any way we can. Bending is the main tool to training a pleasure horse and for all of you saying that when a pleasure horse bobs its head,you say its lame. It is NOT lame, the bobbing of the head comes from the horse who is not using hits hocks to push off and get under themselves, instead they are using there head to rock themselves forward

  12. What an ugly gait, more like a limp than a lope. His nose is nearly on the ground, making him appear exhausted and uninterested in doing anything for his rider. Is this shuffling, nose-in-the-dirt look supposed to be attractive?

  13. this is an old video but seriously your horse looks like its in pain (I know it probably isn't) but your riding is off. You aren't letting him get into a lope or canter, and he looks like he's tripping. If anyone where I rode did it like that, they'd get yelled at cause that isn't how it's supposed to be

  14. I'm not a western pleasure rider but I do ride, have been for years, and I can't imagine ANY judge would find this shuffling, tripping gait appealing! The horse looks lame, and short striding like this doesn't do anything good for the horse or your performance in the ring. She looks like she's never ridden any other horse except this one, and her reins are so damn high up she could use her teeth to hold them and spare her arms the effort. I'm not one for needlessly picking on riders, but the fact that this video is on a channel called "expertvillage" is just a huge red flag. Inexperienced riders are taking her advice without knowing how unnatural this gait is, yikes!

  15. Umm this is cantering not Lopping ur not giving him his head. Ur pulling on the bit. Ur not letting him go into a full lope.

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