Loping too fast

I was wondering if you could give me some advice on how to slow down a lope. When my Arab goes into the lope he is too fast for me. He loves to run but I would like to go at a slower pace than he does.I was wondering if you could give me some advice on how to slow down a lope. When my Arab goes into the lope he is too fast for me. He loves to run but I would like to go at a slower pace than he does.

Story originally posted by: Maggie FlowersHorseCity.com Training Director

I was wondering if you could give me some advice on how to slow down a lope. When my Arab goes into the lope he is too fast for me. He loves to run but I would like to go at a slower pace than he does.

Any advice is appreciated.

Hello Kimberly,

Yes it’s true that some horses tend to exercise their ability to run, but if your horse has been schooled correctly and has been give the right length of training time, not rushed, then it may not be him that is doing anything wrong. What I am trying to say is that many time we, as the riders, don’t see ourselves contributing to the actions our horse’s is delivering. We tend to blame the horse for all the wrong, not stopping to realize that it is us that ask them to do it.

What I would suggest to you is, have someone knowledgeable watch you ride, especially when you do the transition into a lope. See if they can assess your seat to ensure that it is straight and balanced with your horse. That your hands, legs and upper body position are correct for the transition. When you have evaluated all of your contributing parts that make for the smooth transition, and the whole picture looks balanced, than maybe your horse will deliver the lope in a controlled and smoothly executed fashion.

I have answered this same question to several other people. If you care to read my response to them read the answers in the archives. Go to the main page of our Web site, scroll down half way, on the left find a speed search box with the year 2000 showing, enter the word "transition" in the box, click. Then just simply click on the article you wish to read. Hope you find the information useful. Good luck.

Maggie Flowers