How to Ride a Horse in the Western Style : How to Transition a Horse from Lope to Trot Western Style
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How to Ride a Horse in the Western Style : How to Transition a Horse from Lope to Trot Western Style

October 27, 2019

Hi, I’m Kelli on behalf of Expert Village.
I’m going to show you some tips and techniques that I use when using transitions in the western
style riding. Once you have your horse riding in a lope, if you want to break down to a
trot a couple of different ways that you can do. You can apply a little bit of leg pressure.
If your horse is trained to respond well to leg pressure, by the time they would break
back down to the jog. You can also pick up a little bit. You are in a show atmosphere;
this is a higher level of skill. If your horse does respond to leg pressure so you don’t
have to be pulling or jerking on your reins, if you squeeze too hard that is what would
happen, they would stop. So you want to make sure since most of the time that you are loping
anyway you have your outside leg pressed against the side of the horse. If you come in with
your right leg and give them a little squeeze, most of the time they would break down really
nicely into the jog. But this takes a lot of practice, a lot of training to get them
to be really responsive to it.
But again it is a really great training method to make sure you horse is tuned in and listens
to you and not just loping around doing there own thing. So that is how you want to break
down from the loping to the trot.

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  1. My only problem with spur training is that too often it's technique used by trainers who are so concerned with getting their young horses 'finished' and out in the ring winning, that they neglect the proper education of the horse. A horse that ONLY stops when you press the spurs into his side becomes a danger to himself and others, I've see it firsthand- If the pressure of the bit has never in his life meant stop and the horse spooks, suddenly you have a frightened animal, and no way to stop it

  2. And livinagain2004, I have years of experience riding western and english, to be more precise – western pleasure and equitation, western games, hunt seat pleasure and equitation, dressage, jumping, hunter over fences, arena trail, backcountry trail, working ranch horse, saddleseat, sidesaddle, driving, penning, ranch sorting etc. and if you think a spur stop is the same as a PROPER dressage stop, you have a LOT more training to do.

  3. @TheBeautifulMares ichave ridden western all my life, if you want to show western sit it, and no bouncing. if you just wana ride around it doesn't matter.

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